Ac­tress sees role of Joan of Arc as ‘call­ing’

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Alexis Soloski

The his­tor­i­cal Joan of Arc was a peas­ant, a sol­dier, a mys­tic and a mar­tyr.

A shep­herdess who heard the voices of saints in the sound of church bells, she led the French army to­ward de­ci­sive vic­to­ries in the Hun­dred Years’ War be­fore be­ing tried for heresy, witch­craft and cross-dress­ing. In 1431, she was burned at the stake and then burned again.

With abid­ing faith, un­flap­pable courage and a vi­sion of what she wanted to ac­com­plish, she de­manded the re­spect of the men around her, and she won it. Her con­vic­tion was over­turned posthu­mously, her saint­hood con­firmed.

Now she is back on Broad­way in Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan,” open­ing April 25 at the Sa­muel J. Fried­man The­ater, pro­duced by Man­hat­tan The­ater Club and star­ring the three­time Tony nom­i­nee Con­dola Rashad.

The role beck­ons any ac­tress with a line in zeal

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