John Pielmeier’s 1979 play Agnes of God is based on the true story of a nun tried for murdering a newborn, a child no one knew she was even carrying. In the play, when a dead newborn shows up in a wastebasket, all eyes are on Sister Agnes (Angelique Dina), who despite all evidence denies giving birth or even being pregnant. With only three characters, the one-act play pits Agnes’s protective Mother Superior (Lee Rush) against a feisty court-appointed psychiatrist (Melanie Stone) who is herself no stranger to convent drama. (If you had cable in the 1980s you surely remember the 1985 film version with Meg Tilly, Anne Bancroft, and Jane Fonda.)
Nun stories are my guiltiest pleasure—the Sound of Music? Sister Act? Ida? Black Narcissus? I’m there!—though I haven’t had a chance yet to catch director Lynne Collinson’s latest for Epic Theatre Company. It has, however, gotten raves from Motif (“Gripping”), Broadway World (“Exquisite”), and the Cranston Herald (“Riveting”).