The Stage Company's first production of 2018 is "Agnes of God," a classic drama that presents the audience and three main characters with a dark investigation into the birth and death of an infant.

Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a nun accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing suspicions about 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.

The play was written by John Pielmeier and debuted in 1982. The Stage Company production is directed by Kevin Purcell, who has been an actor and director in Illinois and Washington state 44 years. Purcell was a co-founder of Seattle Public Theater and Over the Moon Productions in Springfield, Illinois.

The local cast will feature Katie Wittenborn, a student at John A. Logan College making her Stage Company debut in the title role as Agnes. Dr. Livingstone will be played by Diane Taveau, a local actor and director who most recently directed "Twelve Angry Men" at John A. Logan College. Elyse Pineau, professor emeritus of Performance Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will perform the part of Mother Miriam.

Performances run from Feb. 9 to 18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the public and $8 for students. All tickets are $7 on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Call 618-549-5466 to purchase tickets or buy tickets any time by visiting https://stagecompany.org.

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