'Agnes of God' to open at The Legion Friday
by Marie Nesmith
Mar 18, 2014 | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For “Agnes of God,” StageWorks Co-founder Leslie McCrary will lend her theatrical talents to The Pumphouse Players as she directs its upcoming John Pielmeier’s production.

“It’s a really strong drama and it’s been a while since I’ve done a drama,” McCrary said. “I have done comedies in the last couple of years and this one just struck a chord with me. ... The play is about a young novice nun [who] has had a baby and the baby died. There is a court-appointed psychiatrist who is assigned to her case to determine if the young nun did away with the baby herself or exactly what happened. The young girl is a little bit disturbed. She was abused as a child and she has issues. ... [The Mother Superior] wants to believe that it was a divine conception situation and the young girl is blessed in some way by having this happen to her. So the psychiatrist is facing dealing with the young nun — what actually happened — and with the Mother Superior.

“... The ending, it takes you through the whole thing of what the psychiatrist finds out about herself and about the other two women. [The play has] very dark, strong content. It’s interesting and it’s riveting. And it would be something that I think our audiences will find interesting. The three actresses are exceptional. They have absolutely pulled these characters together and I am so pleased with what they’ve done with them and I think the audience will totally enjoy what they have done.”

To be performed at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, “Agnes of God” will be presented March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. andMarch 23 at 3 p.m. The play’s three-member cast will consist of Karen Ruetz as Dr. Martha Livingstone; Suzanne Husting as Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior; and Alesia Silcox as Agnes.

“[Dr. Martha Livingstone is] a very complex character,” Ruetz said. “She’s very intelligent and has her own struggles with Catholicism and with faith and really is trying to kind of hide her past. So she’s blocked a lot of her past in the back of her mind and forgotten about some painful things that happened when she was growing up. And Agnes becomes kind of the catalyst that opens her mind up to remembering a lot of her painful past and to dealing with her issues with faith.

“Mother Superior also is challenging her. They have some really great conversations about faith versus science and the difference between the two. So it’s a very fascinating play. [The characters are] all very complex women. They’ve all got issues with their faith and their beliefs. She really does come to care about Agnes and that’s what really kind of creates this change in her.”

Tickets for “Agnes of God” are $14 for general admission, $12 for pre-paid groups of 10 or more people and $10 for Pumphouse Players members. Due to the play’s content and language, the offering is geared toward an adult audience.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.