Agnes of God

ABOUT THE SHOW

A court-appointed psychiatrist, Doctor Martha Livingstone, is summoned to a convent and charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiate, Sister Agnes, accused of murdering her newborn. The Mother Superior, Miriam Ruth, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing greater suspicion. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? The questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.

 AUTHOUR’S PREFACE

 “’…why do you worry? What good would it do you if I told you she is indeed a saint? I cannot make saints, nor can the Pope. We can only recognize saints when the plainest evidence shows them to be saintly. If you think her a saint, she is a saint to you. What more do you ask? That is what we call the reality of the soul; you are foolish to demand the agreement of the world as well…’ “’But it is the miracles that concern me. What you say takes no account of the miracles.’ “’Oh, miracles! They happen everywhere. They are conditional… Miracles are things that people cannot explain… Miracles depend much on time, and place, and what we know and do not know… Life is too great a miracle for us to make so much fuss about petty little reversals of what we pompously assume to be the natural order… Who is she? That is what you must discover… and you must find your answer in psychological truth, not in objective truth… And while you are searching, get on with your own life and accept the possibility that it may be purchased at the price of hers and that this may be God’s plan for you and her.’”

 ~ROBERTSON DAVIES, Fifth Business (Canadian authour)

Watch the CTV NEWS STORY containing a featurette about Agnes of God and an interview with Artistic Director Jonathan Harris about 9th Hour Theatre Company’s vision.

REVIEWS & CRITICS

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Capital Critics Circle

“9th Hour Theatre has done justice to this complex work.”

“We go see plays for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it’s to take refuge from the real world in fiction. Other times it’s to laugh or cry. Still other times, we seek to be blown away, gutted, stung by a story and left to pick up the pieces, one by one, for ourselves. Coupled with good directing and acting, these are the stories that stay with us indefinitely, make us question what we think, and burrow themselves into our very being. John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God is just one such story and, under Marc-André Charron’s direction, 9th Hour theatre’s production lives up to the story’s potential.”       

Read the full CAPITAL CRITICS CIRCLE REVIEW here.

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The Visitorium

“The 9th Hour gang specialize in shows with a religion or faith-based theme, which I freely admit sometimes gives my dully agnostic brain some aches and pains, but usually in a good way. This is my third show this year (after CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and MY NAME IS ASHER LEV…) and I’ve dug what I’ve see so far.”

“This is a very good show from some very talented folks, and I say y’all should check it out while you can…and you can until the 10th, so get going! “        

Read the full REVIEW FROM THE VISITORIUM here.

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Production Ottawa

“Gabrielle Lazarovitz does a wonderfully beautiful job with Agnes, both playing the simple and possibly delusional young nun as well as jumping commandingly into Agnes’ deeper and more emotional layers when they crop up. She also has a terrific voice, which is a key facet to the character since it’s Agnes’ angelic voice that represents her delicate connection to the divine.”          

Read the full PRODUCTION OTTAWA REVIEW here.

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The Crusty Curmudgeon

“… this production of Agnes of God is competent, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Director Marc-André Charron, the cast, and the crew have put together something they can be proud of.”           

 Read the full REVIEW FROM THE CRUSTY CURMUDGEON here.

ARTISTIC TEAM

MARC-ANDRÉ CHARRON (Director) | STEVEN LAFOND (Composer) | JOHN SOLMAN (Lighting Designer) | PATTI VOPNI (Production Designer)

ENSEMBLE CAST

GABRIELLE LAZAROVITZ (Sister Agnes) | ANNA LEWIS (Doctor Martha Livingstone) | MARTAIN PEARSON (Musician) | JANET RICE (Mother Miriam Ruth)

PRODUCTION TEAM

CLAUDE HACHÉ (Production Photographer) | JONATHAN HARRIS (Producing Artistic Director) | PETER LEYENAAR (Associate Producer) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphic Designer) | ARIANE ROY (Assistant Production Manager) | ED VOPNI (Set Builder, Associate Producer) | RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Production Stage Manager)

VOLUNTEERS

TIM EDWARDS, KAREN LEYENAAR, PETER LEYENAAR (Front of House) | INA GRAAFLAND, FLORENCE OGLESTONE, ARIANE ROY, ED VOPNI, ANDRÉ-ANNE WILLIAMS,  (Hospitality) | TIMOTHY HESS, RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Promotion) | LIZZIE FRANKLIN (Props Assistance) | DANIEL VOPNI, JULIA VOPNI (Set Painting)

COMMENTS FROM OTTAWA AUDIENCES

“Brilliant! The acting was phenomenal, singing was beautiful, and every character came to life, and touched the audience; very thought provoking; great job!”   -|-   “This is my second 9th Hour production and I found it an excellent play and a strong, moving presentation. I look forward to what comes next.”   -|-   “Amazing production – I will be back!”   -|-   “I thought the show was terrific – great acting, nice simple design and what a voice!”   -|-   Excellent choice of play; superb performances by all the cast; I loved every moment of it – spell binding and magical.”   -|-   “This show was incredible! Everyone portrayed their roles perfectly and this is the best play I’ve ever seen!”   -|-   “Very unique and powerful, profound and mysterious; I loved the simplicity of the props and the buckets and the sounds of water. Great experience!”

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