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Second Coming of Joan of Arc, The

  • Carolyn Gage
  • Full Length Play, Drama, Present Day
  • 1F
  • ISBN: 9780573705793

"...bursts with creative imagination at every turn. It is both rooted in its source material and relevant to the gender concerns of our day. It is a thinking, feeling theatre piece that strikes at the heart of what solo performance can accomplish when it is done with precision and spirit."

DC Metro Theatre Arts

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Shoestring Budget, College Theatre / Student, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 2015 DC Fringe Festival (Favorite of the Festival; Favorite Solo Show; Favorite Solo Performance)
Joan of Arc led an army to victory at seventeen. At eighteen, she engineered the coronation of a king. At nineteen, she went up against the Catholic Church... and lost. Her trial lasted five months, and the testimony by witnesses was carefully transcribed by notaries. Twenty years after her death, a new trial was authorized, and again detailed records were kept. There was testimony by her childhood playmates, by her parents, by the women who slept with her, by the soldiers who served under her, by the priest who confessed her, by those who witnessed and administered her torture. She is the most thoroughly documented figure of the fifteenth century. So, why do the myths about the simple-minded peasant girl still pervade the history books?

Joan was anorectic. She was a teenage runaway. She has an incestuous, alcoholic father. She loved women. She died for her right to wear men's clothing. She was defiant, irreverent, more clever than her judges, unrepentant, and unfailingly true to her own visions.

In The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Joan returns to share her story with contemporary women. She tells her experiences with the highest levels of church, state, and military, and unmasks the brutal misogyny behind male institutions.

REVIEWS:

"...bursts with creative imagination at every turn. It is both rooted in its source material and relevant to the gender concerns of our day. It is a thinking, feeling theatre piece that strikes at the heart of what solo performance can accomplish when it is done with precision and spirit."

 DC Metro Theatre Arts

"...a girl-power epic... Gage is at her best here, as almost every line is scorchingly insightful."

 The University of Buffalo Spectrum

"...a tour de force...delivered with passion, indignation, some humor, connection, opinion and power..."

 Gay Community News Magazine

Premiere Production: The Second Coming of Joan of Arc premiered at the Portland Women's Theatre Company in Portland, OR, in 1988.
  • Casting: 1F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), All Female

  • JEANNE ROM√ČE - a woman with a masculine appearance, any age
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    Joan of Arc led an army to victory at seventeen. At eighteen, she engineered the coronation of a king. At nineteen, she went up against the Catholic Church... and lost. Her trial lasted five months, and the testimony by witnesses was carefully transcribed by notaries. Twenty years after her death, a new trial was authorized, and again detailed records were kept. There was testimony by her childhood playmates, by her parents, bu the women who slept with her, by the soldiers who served under her, by the priest who confessed her, by those who witnessed and administered her torture. She is the most thoroughly documented figure of the fifteenth century. So, why do the myths about the simple-minded peasant girl still pervade the history books?

    Joan was anorectic. She was a teenage runaway. She has an incestuous, alcoholic father. She loved women. She died for her right to wear men's clothing. She was defiant, irreverent, more clever than her judges, unrepentant, and unfailingly true to her own visions.

    In The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Joan returns to share her story with contemporary women. She tells her experiences with the highest levels of church, state, and military, and unmasks the brutal misogyny behind male institutions.

    $24.95