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A riveting drama by James Pielmeier, directed by Tom Arthur
STORY: Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed
psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her
newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the
doctor, arousing Livingstone’s suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered
the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning
of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.
Valley Playhouse is excited to present this thought-provoking drama, a hit on Broadway and later on film. Featuring veteran VP actors Jennifer Murch and Kathleen Wynn Holter.
John Pielmeier's story was inspired by true events that occurred in a convent just outside the city limits of Rochester. Sister Maureen Murphy, a thirty-six-year-old Montessori teacher, was found bleeding in her room by the other sisters of the convent after she did not come down for meals. Sister Maureen denied she had given birth; when examined by medical staff, she said she couldn't remember being pregnant. She had covered up the pregnancy by wearing the traditional nun's habit. The baby was found dead in her small convent room in a waste basket, asphyxiated.
This story also inspired the novel Unholy Child by journalist Catherine Breslin, who followed the trial.
“Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama…the dialogue crackles.” – New York Daily