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JOAN OF ARC: VOICES IN THE FIRE Begins 11/8 at Columbia's Riverside Theatre

Columbia Stages will present JOAN OF ARC: VOICES IN THE FIRE, the 2012/13 MFA Actors' Thesis Production conceived and directed by Kristin Linklater and Rebecca Wright. JOAN OF ARC: VOICES IN THE FIRE will open at The Riverside Theatre on Thursday, November 8, 2012 and run through November 17.

Columbia's MFA Actors have spent the past two years in rigorous training, immersed in classical texts and engaged in the process of building an ensemble. JOAN OF ARC: VOICES IN THE FIRE showcases their versatility and dynamism. Esteemed voice teacher and MFA Faculty member Kristin Linklater, together with Rebecca Wright, leads this production, which is based on the phenomenal and mysterious story of Joan of Arc. Shakespeare, Schiller, Anouilh, Bernard Shaw, Maxwell Anderson and Brecht all wrote plays based on the story of Joan, at least thirty Joan of Arc films have been produced and retrospective psychoanalysis of her behavior abounds. What do we make of her today?

Drawing on the actors' personal creativity and rich dramatic sources, JOAN OF ARC: VOICES IN THE FIRE is an ardent examination of an Idea that has survived for six centuries: the Idea of a saint who can save us. Here are ten Joans reflecting some of the facets of that Idea. The urgent questing energy of this community of actors explores the Saint within the context of the drastic issues that face our world today.

NOVEMBER 8-10, 12-17, 2012
The Riverside Theatre

Address: The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave. between 120th & 122nd Streets.
Closest subway: 1 train to 116th Street – Columbia University

Showtimes: 8:00pm November 8-10 and November 12-17; 2:00pm November 10 & 17.

Tickets: $15/$5 Seniors/FREE with any valid CUID or Student ID

Concept and Direction Kristin Linklater and Rebecca Wright
Writer at Large Stacy Davidowitz
Set Designer Kris Stone
Costume Designer Oana Ban
Lighting Designer Dante Smith
Sound Designer Jay Spriggs
Props Samara Weiss
Assistant Costume Designer Karen Boyer
Stage Manager Tom Taylor
Assistant Stage Managers Colleen Lacy, Caroline Watters
General Manager Mia Lujun Shen
Company Manager Natalie Gershtein

JOAN: VOICES IN THE FIRE features the Columbia University Graduate Theatre Acting Class of 2013: Kassianni Austin, Lena Bull, Lauren Cipoletti, Zach C. Clark, Neil D'Astolfo, Nika Ezell Pappas, Tom Giordano, John Garrett Greer, Laura Lassy, Simone Leanora Mack, Allison Minick, Michael Mullen, Anita Petry, Paige Patterson, Hardy Pinnell, Vincent Torres and Liba Vaynberg.

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