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NOW PLAYING: April 11-20:
Written by George Bernard Shaw
Presented by the Shaw Society
Directed by Krsnaa Fitch
Saint Joan is a magical masterpiece of comedy and tragedy penned by the great George Bernard Shaw in 1924, shortly after the canonization of Joan of Arc. Like all of Shaw’s plays, the stage is filled with colorful characters who express themselves with candor and wit. Shaw woos his audience with humor then moves them with profound truth.
Joan “The Maid” appears to us in her youthful vigor, full of faith in God, determination, and a naïve purity that is mesmerizing. She inspires courage in the soldiers, and dumfounds the nobles. Her unwavering conviction even inspires the cowardly Dauphin to aspire to be King. But the power of this young woman made men of power very uncomfortable, and her earthly fate rested in their hands.
Shaw’s story does not end where the physical Joan ended however. The Executioner confesses, “I could not kill The Maid. She is up and alive everywhere.” We are granted the cathartic opportunity of hearing from her and her judges after the fact, and their conversation brings to light the harsh truths of human limitations. If such a dynamic saintly person offered to return to us, would we be ready to receive her?
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