George Bernard Shaw referred to the heroine of what many consider his greatest play as “the most notable Warrior Saint in the Christian calendar, and the queerest fish among the eccentric worthies of the Middle Ages.”
Born circa 1412 and burned for heresy, witchcraft, and sorcery at the age of 19, Joan of Arc was canonized as a saint in 1920. Shaw’s 1923 play was instrumental in earning him the Nobel Prize two years later. Given his spectacular reputation as a freethinker and assassin of sacred cows, many feared that Shaw would satirize Joan or portray her as a fraud. Instead, without romanticizing her as a victim or tragic heroine, he paints her as a human being of unparalleled vision, courage, confidence, and imagination.
Rarely fully produced, due to the large number of male principal roles and complexity of the female lead, this Queens Players production will feature a full cast of 24, featuring Shelleen Kostabi in the famously challenging role of Joan, along with Bruce Barton, Logan Riley Bruner, David Douglas, Robert Eigen, Jonathan Emerson, Jaike Foley-Schultz, Cory Hibbs, Gary Lizardo, Graciany Miranda, Tim Moore, Alex Panich, Kurt Roediger, Greer Samuels, Josh Silverman, Camilla Skoglie, Eric Stephenson, Eric William Whitehead, Dalles Wilie and Jonathan Zipper.