George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan

Sunday November 16, 2014 at 2 PM Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street

Described by Rick.
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This is one of the largest, non-musical productions to grace the Arts Club stage. Big story, big cast, big themes and big talent… this is one magnificent show that you won’t want to miss!

“St. Joan is a stimulating, thought-provoking play and [director Kim] Collier gives it full, epic treatment.” – Jo Ledingham

“the acting is exquisite… the entire cast is stellar” – The Georgia Straight

“excellent performances and deft direction… The cast literally climbs the walls and hangs from the balconies.” – The Vancouver Sun

“In many ways, George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan is a kind of historical CSI forensic drama. Shaw spent considerable time going over the transcripts of the life, trial and death of Joan of Arc to write his play. Published in 1924, the play came only four years after Joan was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church and 489 years after “the Maid of Orleans” was burned at the stake. How did an illiterate country girl who claimed she had the Archangel Michael on her mental speed-dial lead the French forces into victorious battle against the English occupiers in the Hundred Years’ War, only to wind up dead at age 19?” – The Province

Meet the star and the director:
interview with Meg Roe, who plays Joan
interview with director, Kim Collier

This production features many gifted performers you may recall from other shows we’ve described recently:

Scott Bellis played “Nicky” and “Trekkie Monster” in Avenue Q last year
Bob Frazer played “George Bailey” in It’s a Wonderful Life
Daren Herbert played “Curtis Taylor Jr” in Dreamgirls
Tom McBeath played “Willy Loman” in Death of a Salesman
Meg Roe played “Penelope” in The Penelopiad

We’ve also described the performances of the two singers in this production, Shannon Chan-Kent (Avenue Q) and Christine Quintana (She Stoops to Conquer).

Dean Paul Gibson makes a rare onstage appearance in Saint Joan. Also known as an accomplished director, Dean has directed a number of productions we’ve described, including Spamalot.

The director of this production, Kim Collier, directed the very first production we described at the Stanley four years ago, the groundbreaking Tear the Curtain!