Tuesday 25, Jul 2023
A masterpiece by John Pielmeier
- The play is directed by Óscar Casanova and starring Paulina Bringas
Caos Arte and Equis Emergente present “Agnes de Dios”, a play written by John Pielmeier, translated and directed by Óscar Casanova, every Thursday until August 24 at 8:00 p.m. at Teatro La Capilla located at Madrid 13, Del Carmen, Coyoacán.
The play tells the story of Dr. Martha Livingston, a psychiatrist who must investigate the case of Sister Agnes, a young nun whose son has been strangled. Agnes claims that her conception was immaculate and she does not remember giving birth.
Dr. Livingston must distinguish the lies from the perception altered by the nun’s faith, in this case the actresses who give life to the complex characters in this plot are Alejandra de la Rosa, Carmen Vera, Paulina Bringas and Xóchitl de la Concha.
Paulina Bringas, actress of this staging, tells us in an interview for DAILY IMAGE “I play Agnes, who is a 21-year-old nun who is found in her bedroom, discovering that she just had a baby and that it is dead. So it’s a strong story. She is assigned to a psychologist to determine Agnes’ guilt in this mystery, but the doctor finds that this woman is very special, she has a gift and an innocence that surprises everyone who knows her.
She affirms that “the work is an exploration of the complexity of motherhood, because on the one hand we have three characters and not one of them has a good relationship with their mother and on the other, the concept of being a mother is addressed through religion”.
He acknowledges that it was a very complicated process, “I am not a religious person, but for my character religion is his pillar in life. So she implied reconnecting with this Catholic education that most of us Mexicans have, I had to go to mass on Sundays again, like when I was a child, I read many stories about wet women, about postpartum depression. And I took a deep dive into what the text of the same character says, his relationship with his mother, his life story ”.
It is such a beautiful work, that it is neither for nor against “neither religion nor psychiatry, it leaves the interpretation to the viewer and that is edifying, it is confrontational in that sense, for me, I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual, I implicate myself to consider the story of this woman, not from my spirituality but from hers. It is an incredible process to reconnect with something that I have judged so much, which is Catholicism, and to do it more from spirituality and not from the institutional”.
At the end, he says that “I would like people to leave thinking that neither religion is in conflict with science, nor vice versa. So you must question your perceptions of life. The truth is the first play that I act in after graduating from the acting career, I am excited to share it with the people who accompany me on this journey. A month ago I lost my father, but it has been very beautiful how this work has accompanied me in the grieving process, because it is one of the themes, anyone who is going through a duel will be very useful “.
The play tells the story of Dr. Martha Livingston, a psychiatrist who must investigate the case of Sister Agnes, a young nun whose son has been strangled. Agnes claims that her conception was immaculate and she does not remember giving birth