Adams plays Sister James, a young teacher at a Catholic school, in this drama from John Patrick Shanley. Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school’s principal, questions Father Flynn’s relationship with a male student and recruits Sister James to monitor the priest’s actions. It is left up to the viewer to decide if her suspicions are correct or if she wants Father Flynn removed for her own reasons.
There are things I didn’t realize – that you weren’t allowed to leave and you weren’t allowed to leave by yourself. If you had a doctor’s appointment, two of them went together. If somebody was sick in your family, you weren’t allowed to leave. So, you know, when my character says, ‘I can’t leave my class,’ it’s not like, ‘I can’t leave my class!‘ But no, ‘I really can’t leave my class. I’m not allowed to leave because my brother’s sick.’ And so there’s such a great sense of isolation and being sort of trapped in the situation and in this world for her through the story.