Today I’m gonna talk about Agnes of God by John Peilmeier. I know it sounds like a “pro-mo”, but I might as well blog about it because I can’t quit thinking about it. For those of you who have seen it, I know you are probably still thinking about it too. See if any of these thoughts resonate with you. I would love to hear your feedback.
Agnes of God is one of those shows, that as it comes together in rehearsals, the cast and the crew realize that this piece of material is “very special,” and as a result, a certain reverence fills the air.
I’m not gonna be a “spoiler” ‘cause it’s a mystery, so I’m only sharing the thoughts that don’t give it away:
- It’s a meaty drama, which I love. (There are some laughs, you know Bill, he will find them.)
- The music, which includes melodic latin chants, sets such a perfect mood.
- Part of our mission, as a non-profit theater, and which is dear to my heart (and Bill’s), is to offer roles for actors that stretch and give them opportunity for achievement. (We aspire to continue to attract actors of the highest caliber, and this show is a gem to have on one’s resume.)
- The script is brilliantly written, thought-provoking and deeply touching.
- I am very fond of stories based on true events.
- There’s mystery and suspense.
- The director is brilliant. (Even if I AM related to him.)
- The acting is brilliant. Again, so many comments agreeing with this. Watching these women work is stunning.
- The set is unique and very beautiful!
- I love that the story of Agnes, as it unfolds in all of it’s gritty truth, has a profound effect on those (Dr. Livingstone and Sister Miriam Ruth) who have come to love her. God’s love, no matter how broken or flawed the vessel that contains it, is always life-giving.
- The patrons are loving it. That makes me happy!
I am reminded of this quote by Richard Eyre:
“Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears, and hearts of other human beings.”
Please feel free to share your thoughts.
And if you have not seen the show, I hope you will.