“Agnes of God” By John Pielmeier 

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By John Pielmeier
Narrated by: Barbara Bain, Emily Bergl, Harriet Harris
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
Published June 1st 2000 by L.A. Theatre Works

I just can’t seem to get away from these L.A. Theatre Works productions.  This time around I gave a listen to “Agnes of God.”  Having only heard of the play and nothing about the plot, I don’t think I would have picked it up normally, but, being a production by LA Theatre works and that Barbara Bain (from Space 1999 & Mission Impossible) was the lead, I just had to give it a try.  What could it hurt?  I could only get that much more theatre culture and maybe get lost in another brilliant production.

A murdered newborn is found in a wastebasket of a nun, Agnes, who denies any knowledge of how the baby got there, let alone any sexual experience creating the baby in the first place.  The courts have ordered a psychiatrist to analyze Agnes and solve the mystery of how the baby came to be.  Getting resistance from the Mother Superior (Bain),  The psychiatrist treats Agnes through hypnotherapy.  Agnes soon reveals the events leading to the murder and the story becomes a faith vs. science, nature vs. nurture conflict over right and wrong.

As always this production from LA Theatre Works puts you aurally in the middle of the audience.  Great acting, great production as usual.

Publisher’s Summary
In this contemporary murder mystery, set within the confines of a convent, Agnes is a devout, innocent young nun accused of infanticide. As a psychiatrist – herself a lapsed Catholic – and the Mother Superior struggle over Agnes’ fate, the play plunges deeply into the mystery of faith and the consequence of truth.
2000 L.A. Theatre Works