The theatre is no stranger to censorship or controversy. And not many other plays have tasted the heavy hand of media regulation as has Agnes of God.
Brought to life by Sharmila Yogalingam and a stunning ensemble of three actresses, Agnes of God is the latest entry to Desert Wine’s Comfort Theatre series–a label focusing on plays that focus more on story and acting as opposed to elaborate sets and cosmetic assets.
Starring Tan Rui Shan (Forbidden City, One Thousand Millennials Crying), Tanya Ang (Forbidden City, Chicken Little), and Lee Jie Ying (Poop!), Agnes of God is also a rare example of a play built around a small cast of female characters.
A newborn baby found murdered. Its umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck. The newborn’s body discovered in a wastebasket in Sister Agnes’ room.
But the young nun cannot remember a thing.
Agnes cannot remember conceiving, delivering or killing any baby. So the courts appoint Dr. Martha Livingstone to investigate what really happened.
But Mother Superior Miriam is not going to make it easy for Livingstone to discover the truth.
Who killed the baby? Whose newborn was it? What secrets are Sister Agnes and the Mother Superior hiding? This riveting murder-mystery drama is a dark psychological thriller that is both thought-provoking and a must-watch play.
Written by John Pielmeier and first performed in 1979, the play was inspired by a similar event that led to the dismissal of the nun in question by cause of insanity. Electing to focus on the analogous aspect of faith versus its inherent unquestionability, Pielmeier’s script tackles faith and its impact on its subjects.