Emory & Henry College's Theatre Department will stage playwright John Pielmeier's "Agnes of God" Feb. 24-27 at the College.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 24-26 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. All performances will be held in the Studio Theatre on the E&H campus.
In this play, a court psychiatrist is asked to determine the sanity of a young novice, Agnes, who is accused of murdering her newborn baby. The Mother Superior determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing the psychiatrist's suspicions further.
Who killed the infant and who fathered this tiny victim? All three characters are forced to question their meaning of faith and the power of love, leading them to a dramatic climax. The play was a hit on Broadway and later on film.
This production is the third of the 2010-11 season for the Theatre Department, students and faculty of which continue to garner a reputation of excellence within the region. Recently, the department was awarded six nominations for its fall productions by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Award winners will advance to the next level of competition during the spring semester.
The production is directed by Christianne Roll. Daniel L. Wheeler serves as scenographer and technical director.
Roll is a member of both the Music and Theatre departments at the College with a special emphasis on voice and music theatre. Wheeler recently joined the faculty at the college after coming to the area from an extensive career in scenic design in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Hollywood, Calif.
Because seating is very limited in the Studio Theatre, an advanced reservation is highly recommended. Emory & Henry College students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a reservation. Admission for all others is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door, except for students from other colleges and school, admitted for $3.00. Call the Office of the Arts Coordinator at 276.944.6846 for reservations.