“Agnes of God” opens Thursday at MC

Maryville College’s Theatre Department will be performing John Pielmeier’s play “Agnes of God” Oct. 23-26 in the College’s Alumni Gymnasium.

The curtain rises at 8 p.m. for the Oct. 23-25 performances; 2 p.m. on Oct. 26.

In the play, Agnes, a young nun, is accused of murdering her own baby, and a psychologist is tasked with determining Agnes’ sanity. In searching for solutions to various mysteries, the psychologist forces herself, Agnes and the Mother Superior to face harsh realities and re-examine logic, religion and love.

The play is very character-driven, with only three cast members: Katie Stangarone as the Mother Superior, Andi Morrow as the psychologist Dr. Livingston, and Katherine Hoffman as Agnes.

Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Heather McMahon said she chose this play because it provides a good opportunity for education. It has good roles for actors and gives them each a chance to learn a new kind of role, she said.

On the surface, McMahon explained, the play is about a baby being murdered, but underneath, it’s a struggle between science and religion, which is especially appropriate to address on a campus that encourages spiritual inquiry and growth.

“It is an intriguing piece with a wonderful and positive message, if you can get past your preconceived notions,” Stangarone added.

Morrow, who has starred in numerous MC productions since her arrival on the MC campus in 2005, said Dr. Livingston is one of her favorite roles to date because it is such a challenge. It would be easy to portray Dr. Livingston as “the bad guy,” she said, but her character is more complicated than that.

Tickets are sold at the door. General admission is $5 and $3 for seniors (ages 60 and older), MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with identification. Maryville College students are admitted free.

For more information, contact Dr. McMahon at 865-981-8161 or heather.mcmahon@maryvillecollege.edu.

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