Thursday, July 27, 2017

George Bernard Shaw's 'Saint Joan' tells a familiar tale at Rollins' Fred Stone Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge MATTHEW MENDEL
  • Matthew Mendel
Noted local director Jeremy Seghers, known for staging Equus in the farm-like atmosphere of the Acre and turning Macbeth Studio into a 1980s New York apartment for This Is Our Youth, turns to a more traditional theater space – Rollins College’s black box, the Fred Stone Theatre – for a production of George Bernard Shaw’s take on the story of Joan of Arc. Saint Joan – written just three years after the Catholic Church finally got around to canonizing Joan in 1920 – examines the life of the Maid of Orleans through six scenes and an epilogue chronicling the divine visions that led her to take up arms against the English and eventually leading to her execution by being burned at the stake. The production is certainly timely in its focus on a woman railing against the establishment, only to come to a tragic end through proto-politicians acting in what they think are their best interests. Tale as old as time.

8 p.m. Friday-Monday, July 28-31 | through Aug. 5 | Fred Stone Theatre, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2145 | | $23

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