Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

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Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, by American playwright Christopher Durang (1949-*). The play, first performed on December 14, 1979, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, revolves around a nun, Sister Mary Ignatius, explaining to the audience the basic tenets of Catholicism. She is assisted by her favorite student, seven-year-old Thomas. From time to time, she asks him catechism questions and gives him a cookie for every right answer. Half-way into her speech, some of her former students, now grown up, enter to perform a mock Christmas pageant from their childhood days and reveal to Sister Mary the deep psychological trauma her teachings left on them. Sister Mary's unwavering dogma combined with the absurdist nature of the play add elements of biting comedy. (Source: Wikipedia).

In South Africa, a Baxter Theatre Production was directed by John Slemon in 1983. The cast included Paddy Canavan,Sean Sanders, Mark Wilson, Maralin Vanrenen, Nigel Sweet, Philippa Dyer, Stephen Gurney. (Source: Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987).

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