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SAINT JOAN

by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

September 4-28, 2014

Joan, a teenage country girl who hears voices from God, is determined to kick the English out of France and crown the Dauphin, Charles, as King. Through sheer confidence and natural charisma, she manages to sway a skeptical Captain who, despite his own protests, agrees with his men that "There is something about her..." and gives this proud and naïve rebel a soldier's armor and the means to get to the Dauphin. And so begins Joan's journey into the Hundred Years War and history, and Shaw's landmark play that accelerated him to the Nobel Prize. Considered his only tragedy, it is still infused with Shaw's signature wit: "His plays can scarcely prove other than lastingly delightful since they are the product of vigorous intelligence joined to inexhaustible comic invention." (J.I.M. Stewart - Oxford History of English Literature).


"Affecting" –The New York Times

"Riveting" –Stage Magazine

SAINT JOAN
STUDY GUIDE

Information about the concepts and themes explored by the author George Bernard Shaw as prepared by Dramaturge Richard Rossi

Script.  Click here Click Here to read Shaw's Preface to the play and the full script.

Dramaturgy Information. Click Here to see a Timeline of the events referenced in the play.

Glossary Of Terms. 

  • Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the play.
  • Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the Preface to the play.

Director's Notes. Click Here to see the Director's Notes by Director Susan Myer Silton.


This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.

 

 

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THE DIRECTOR:

Susan Myer Silton (Director), a visual artist her entire life, took her first theatre arts class in 1990 and hasn't looked back. After training at the National Shakespeare Conservatory under a Merit Scholarship, Susan acted in dozens of plays for companies such as Actors' Theatre, Pacific Repertory and Central Coast Theatre Works. She began producing and directing in 1999, the year she co-founded Pisces Moon Productions, Inc., where she currently is Artistic Director. She is a freelance director and producer with nearly 30 plays to her credit, including Jewel Theatre's Clouds, The House of Blue Leaves, Mary Stuart, and Arcadia. Susan has served on the advisory committee for the Cultural Council's Arts in Education program, was nominated for and received a prestigious Rydell Visual Arts Organizational Grant, was recognized with the Gail Rich Award in 2009 for her contribution to the cultural landscape of Santa Cruz County and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

 


THE PLAYERS:

Shaun Carroll* (Dunois/The Chaplain-Destogumber/Courcelles and Prop Design) was last seen at Jewel Theatre as Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit. Since then, he has appeared around the greater Bay Area, most recently as MacDuff in Macbeth for Capital Stage, Howie in Rabbit Hole for Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, and Jake in Evil Dead; The Musical, and Amos in Chicago for Willows Theatre Company. Shaun also does freelance prop work for many companies including California Shakespeare Festival and Rooster Productions.

 

Andrew Davids (La Tremouille/D'Estivet/Soldier) is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has performed in many off-Broadway productions in New York City, including Heat and The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the avant-garde theater troupe Elephant Off Main in Hollywood. There, he performed in many acclaimed productions: ZZYZX, Gecko Chestnut Super Genius, and War Prayer/Apples, to name a few. Since moving to Santa Cruz, he has performed in the Jewel Theatre productions of Mary Stuart, The Lover and Arcadia.

 

Jeff Garrett* (Robert/Cauchon/La Hire) loves his work, even if it occasionally does involve burning people at the stake. Previous job requirements include being whipped into insensibility by a nun (Marat/Sade), drinking himself into insensibility with a prince (Henry IV, Part 1), and living with a flock of pigeons in the middle of Manhattan (Saint Hugo of Central Park). You see the pattern. Last year he was the eccentric Benedict Nightingale in Jewel's production of Arcadia and he will next be seen in Berkeley performing his one-man show Scrooge: The Haunting of Ebenezer. He dedicates this performance to the saints and sinners in all of us.

 

Gary S. Martinez* (The Archbishop/The Inquisitor) is pleased to be making his debut with Jewel Theatre Company. He was last seen as Mr. Green in Visiting Mr. Green with Sacramento Theatre Company. Gary has performed with TheatreWorks, San Jose Repertory, Capital Stage, B Street Theatre, the Marin, San Francisco, and California Shakespeare Festivals, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Eureka Theatre, BRAVA--for Women in the Arts, and City Lights Theater Company among others. Favorite roles include Pangloss in Candide, Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life--the Musical, Fagin in Oliver!, Argan in The Imaginary Invalid, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Career highlights in film include chasing Howard the Duck around a sushi bar, applauding Harvey Milk with a group of teamsters, and expiring in the death grip of Darth Vadar as Admiral Sarn. For more information, stop by www.garysmartinez.com

 

Stephen Muterspaugh* (Polly/Bluebeard/Warwick) is excited to return to Jewel Theatre after making his debut last season as Walker/Ned in Three Days of Rain. Bay Area credits include work with Second Wind Productions, Livermore Shakespeare, California Conservatory Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Regionally, he has performed with such companies as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Powerhouse Theatre, and PCPA Theaterfest. Stephen is also a Resident Artist and Associate Artistic Director with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, teaching several programs and directing the past two Shakespeare on Tour productions. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and a proud member of Actor's Equity.

 

Elisa Noemí (Joan) was born and raised in Los Angeles by a diverse community of Latin-American activist/artists who instilled her with an ardent faith in the personal/political healing power of art. She earned her BA in Theatre Arts amongst the redwoods of UC Santa Cruz where she learned to apply theory to practice as an active member of Rainbow Theatre, directing various devised spoken word productions as well as Suzan-Lori Park's In The Blood. Elisa has performed in a diverse range of theatre, film and spoken word productions including Fernanda Coppel's La Soñadora, Luis Valdez's Mummified Deer, Luis Alfaro's Electricidad, Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play, and Shawheen Keyani's short film Coyote. Most recently she played Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It, paving the way for Saint Joan. This is Elisa's first production with Jewel Theatre. She is grateful for the opportunity to tell this story, guided by a generous Director and the collective memory of Joan's eternal spirit.

 

Gabriel A. Ross (Charles/Ladvenu) This is Gabriel's first production with Jewel. He graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz, though in an era when mobile phones and wifi had not yet become ubiquitous. In those simpler times he made a few appearances on this stage, most notably playing Leopold in Pisces Moon's Production of Never the Sinner. Since then he earned an MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre/GWU. Other recent credits include Doll's House (Torvald) with Marin Onstage, Pearls Over Shanghai (Sebastian) with Thrillpeddlers, The Homosexuals (Michael) with New Conservatory Theatre Center, and the San Francisco Speakeasy.

 

Paul Rossi (Steward/Page/Executioner/The Gentleman) is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Theatre at UCSC, and is very excited to be working with such a talented group at Jewel Theatre. Some prior roles have included Hamlet, Harpagon in The Miser, Motensgaard in Rosmersholm, Jay Bird in Honk!, George Deever in All My Sons, and Peter in the world premiere of Claire Voyant.

 

 

 

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.