Saint Joan: Behind the Scenes

Saint Joan: Behind the Scenes


What Joan represents in today’s society, I
think, is what she represented in her society at the time which is a woman who believed
in her purpose, who didn’t need any permission from any person or institution to have that
purpose and to have that connection to her own self. Well I think Joan is still relevant because
of what she was doing with her life still hasn’t been completed realized in this world. So she still is sort of in the vanguard of the movement. There’s a common misunderstanding that she
was trying to dress like a man. She wasn’t trying to do anything. She dressed like a soldier. She did not deny her womanhood but she didn’t
overly attach herself to it either. She just was. As a woman today, I think that that’s something
that I’ve kind of had in my journey in terms of just being a woman. Like not proving that I’m a woman, not disproving
that I’m a woman, I just am. When I first saw Condola up on stage, the
thing that she can project is both extraordinary steeliness and innocence at the same time. She’s sort of a wonderful editor of herself
and Joan is, too in terms of what she has to say. My first professional show coming out of college
was Ruined and it was with Manhattan Theatre Club. It was the first theatre company that took
a shot on me and to this day those are some of the fondest memories I have as a professional
and it just so happens that the next biggest honor that I have, playing Joan of Arc in
Saint Joan is back home at Manhattan Theatre Club.

6 Replies to “Saint Joan: Behind the Scenes”

  1. What freaking difference does it matter if she is white or not. I understand why some are upset, but as people we need to stop looking at everything by the color of someone's skin. We need to let the acting speak for it's self. Her skin color DOES NOT MATTER. And if you don't like it then why watch this video, why comment on it?! Move on from her skin color and listen to what she is saying about Joan of Arc, you might learn something.

    Edit: to those of you who have commented on my comment I would like to apologize. I didn't appropriately convey what I meant when I said that her skin color didn't matter. Please know I do respect everyone's opinion on that fact and I do completely understand where you are coming from. I got a chance to see this play and I was very moved by it and I wanted others to give it an honest chance. I am very sorry if anyone was offended by my original remark. Please understand that it was never my intention. I should have taken the time to thoroughly explain what I meant as to not upset anyone. Again I give my sincerest, most humble apologies and I hope this is an issue that can be solved.

  2. High key done with racism in theatre, she did an EXCELLENT job regardless of her skin color. “We want a historically accurate show” well no sweetie you want an excuse to be racist. If you want it historically accurate it wouldn’t be art. George Bernard Shaw wasn’t there to write a transcript of events. He wrote a passionate, well respected play IN ENGLISH despite the conversations probably taking place in French. There’s no way you need to be catholic to be casted as Joan of Arc. So why do you you have to be white? Literally what difference does it make? None. Goodbye.

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