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The Second Coming of Joan of Arc

Carolyn Gage

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f

"... 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

The Second Coming of Joan of Arc

by  Carolyn Gage

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • WINNER! Favorite of the Festival, Favorite Solo Show, Favorite Solo Performance of 2015 DC Fringe Festival
Description

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 priests 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 had 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.

History

The Second Coming of Joan of Arc premiered at the Portland Women's Theatre Company in Portland, OR, in 1988.

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Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Here and now.

Casting

1f
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
JEANNE ROMÉE - A woman with a masculine appearance, any age

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"... 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, Read More

“… 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 humour, connection, opinion and power...” - Gay Community News Magazine 

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Authors

Carolyn Gage

Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and seventy-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. Sh ...

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