Drama Workshop to present Agnes of God Nov. 6-7 | Judson College


Drama Workshop to present Agnes of God Nov. 6-7

The Drama Workshop at Judson College will present two performances of Agnes of God on November 6 and 7 at 7p.m. in Alumnae Auditorium on the Judson College campus in Marion, Ala. Parents, faculty, students, and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no charge for admission. There will be a talkback following both performances.

Agnes of God is a dramatic play by American playwright John Pielmeier; the title represents a pun on the Latin phrase Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). Based on a similar event that occurred at a convent in New Jersey, Agnes of God tells the story of a young nun named Agnes, who unexpectedly gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. During the ensuing investigation, a psychiatrist and the Mother Superior clash as the psychiatrist tries to get to the bottom of the events at the convent.

The three-person cast includes the court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone, played by sophomore Grace Terry of Atmore, Ala.; the role of the formidable Mother Miriam Ruth, played by junior Kassidy Giles of Gilbertown, Ala.; and the young nun, played by freshman Lela Ball of Athens, Ala.

The play is staged in both the convent and the psychiatrist’s office, surrounded by a 12-person “jury” of the mind. Dr. Billie Jean Young, the play’s director and Judson College’s Artist-in-Residence, has utilized innovative staging to capture the audience and the “jurors’” attention.

A Lunch and Learn event will be held in Archibald Hall on Monday, November 5 from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. Students, faculty, and guests may bring and enjoy their lunch while experiencing a preview scene of the play and mini-presentations on religion, literature, art, and music as they relate to the play.

For further information about the play or the cast, contact Dr. Billie Jean Young at 334-683-5288. For more information about Monday’s Lunch and Learn, contact Dr. Stacey Parham at 334-683-5201.