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Agnes of God

Agnes of God presented in April 2014 by Greater Rochester Repertory Companies

by John Pielmeier

Directed by Don Bartalo

April 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 PM
May 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 PM
May 4 at 2:00 PM

All performances are at RAPA's East End Theatre
727 East Main Street in Downtown Rochester

Agnes of God was written in 1979 by John Pielmeier. The play tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation. The title is a pun on the Latin phrase Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

The plot features Sister Agnes, a young and innocent novice of French ethnicity, molested by her mother as a child, who sings in an ethereal voice and was impregnated by an unknown entity, which makes for much of the mystery of the drama. The psychiatrist, Martha Livingston, interrogates her and narrates the story.

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The Cast

Mother Superior will be played by Denise Bartalo, a well-known actress in Rochester community theatre. Denise recently won acclaim for her role of Violet in the JCC production of “August: Osage County,"- the same role Meryl Streep plays in the movie version. Denise has appeared most recently with GRRC as Phyllis in the farce, "Ping" during Rochester's Fringe Festival, and as Molly Ralston in Dame Agatha Christie's famed “The Mousetrap."

Sister Agnes will be played by Marcy Savastano. Marcy is recognized throughout the Rochester community and beyond as an outstanding actress. Her résumé is extensive having performed numerous times with seven Rochester-based theatre groups. Her most notable accomplishments include “Death of a Salesman”, “Angels in America”, “Marie Antoinette”, “Prelude to a Kiss”, “Measure for Measure”, “As You Like It”, “The Lesson”, “War Terrier”, and “Hamlet”.

Doctor Martha Livingston will be played by Erin-Kate Howard. Erin-Kate has performed both locally with GeVa, GVCA, Blackfriars, Method Machine, Shakespeare Players and Lady Parts Theatre. In New York City with the Gallery Players, DAP Ensemble, Culture Project, and Odyssey Ensemble. Her body of theatrical work includes “Exit Pursued by a Bear”, “Measure for Measure”, “Angels in America”, “Rabbit Hole”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo”, “Wild Honey”, “A Wedding Album”, “Anthony & Cleopatra”, “And Then They Came for Me”, and “A Christmas Carol”.

The Genesis of “Agnes of God”

The play was written in 1979. The first professional production was in 1980. “Agnes of God” opened on Broadway in 1982. A few years before the play was written (1976) a similar incident occurred in a convent in Brighton, New York, just outside the city line of Rochester. This incident was the catalyst for John Pielmeier to write“Agnes of God”. It is to be noted that the play “Agnes of God” is not the Rochester story.

Talk Backs

There will be three scheduled “talk-backs” after the following performances: Thursday, April 24th, Saturday, April 26th, and Sunday, May 4th. At each “talk back” there will be a person from Rochester who had some connection with Sister Maureen Murphy, the Rochester nun acquitted of murder in 1977.


General Admission tickets are $20.00       Students & Senior tickets are $15.00

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The cast of GRRC's production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

The Cast of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Seated on couch (left to right): Jad Jordan (Christopher Wren), Denise Bartalo (Mollie Ralston), Jack Simel (Mr. Paravicini)

Standing behind couch (left to right): Brian Smith (Major Metcalf), Diane Chevron (Mrs. Boyle), David Runzo (Giles Ralston), Joyce Bagley-Menges (Miss Casewell), Dr. John Erasmus Klibanoff (Sergeant Trotter)

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News about Marie Long

Marie Long

If someone began to describe a person who has immeasurable talent, gives more than 100 percent of herself to every project, does the work of at least two people, asks for nothing in return, suffers no fools because she is so capable, that someone might be talking about Marie Long. To her family and friends, Marie is the most loyal, dedicated, generous and warm-hearted person anyone could ask for. If a person is lucky enough to have Marie as a friend, that person is lucky enough indeed.

Marie has been a part of the GRRC group for several years. She has worn many hats. If mailings needed to be done, she was there. If furniture was needed for a set, she did her best to either build it or go out and get it, if hands were needed backstage or on- stage, you could count on Marie. She painted, moved furniture, swept floors, you name it. She served as costume dresser, handmaiden to the “stars”, prop lady, and whatever else needed to be done. And she did it all with timeliness and precision. She was the consummate professional.

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