Back by Popular Demand!
Joan of Arc: A Vision through Fire
February 13 to 23
Teatro Santa Ana
Tickets also on sale at the Box Office
On the heels of it’s highly acclaimed production last year, Players Workshop is proud to present JOAN OF ARC: A Vision Through Fire at the newly renovated Teatro Santa Ana.
Do not miss the opportunity to see Valérie Fortin’s captivating one-woman performance chronicling the visions, triumph, trial and execution of the French heroine know as “The Maid of Orléans”.
Live shakuhachi flute music will be performed by Peter Ross.
Written and directed by John Morrow, JOAN OF ARC: A Vision Through Fire first opened in Los Angeles in 1989.
“Once in every four or five hundred years, a person comes from out of nowhere and changes the world. Joan of Arc was such a person.”
So says John Morrow, whose play Joan of Arc: A Vision through Fire opened in Los Angeles in 1989, and is about to have its thirtieth anniversary revival in a new production at the San Miguel Playhouse, directed by Morrow and produced by Players Workshop.
Jeanne d’Arc, an illiterate farm girl from the French countryside, helped lead the military campaign to recover France from English domination, was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431 at the age of nineteen, and was canonized as a Catholic saint in 1920. Morrow is hardly the first author to be fascinated by Joan, nicknamed the Maid of Orléans. Voltaire dramatized her in an epic poem, Mark Twain in a serialized novel, and George Bernard Shaw in one of his final plays.
Morrow wrote his theater piece to be performed by a single virtuoso actress, portraying Joan and a half-dozen other characters. Juni Dahr, a Norwegian actress who had studied at the Actors Studio in New York, was the first to enact Joan in Morrow’s play, and she went on to reprise the role in Russia, Scandinavia, and in a 1992 movie version on Norwegian television.
French-Canadian actress Valérie Fortin, who last April made her San Miguel debut as Marilyn Monroe in the rock musical Souled Out, has been cast as the Maid of Orléans. Founder of the Montreal theater company Les Extantriques, Fortin is one of the most accomplished theater professionals now living in San Miguel. Peter Ross will provide live shakuhachi flute music.