Sunday, July 9, 2017

St. Joan on Bastille Day

Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m.
By George Bernard Shaw.  NT Live.

The ECU SCREENS summer season continues on July 14th with George Bernard Shaw’s “St. Joan,” starring Gemma Arterton in the title role as the French national heroine Joan of Arc. 

Recorded live at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, London, Shaw’s classic drama will be presented in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, the 228th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison, which launched the French Revolution. 

From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc led a shocking victory over the English that has inspired the French people for centuries. Daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, soldier, leader, victor, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman: Joan is an unparalleled figure in world history. 

Gemma Arterton (Gemma BoveryNell GwynnMade in Dagenham) , who played “Bond Girl” Strawberry Fields in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, delivers an “electrifying” performance as the warrior who was later canonized as a Roman Catholic saint (Time Out). “Arterton’s Joan radiates a gentle simplicity and quiet fervour that are deeply charismatic,” according to reviewer Paul Taylor of London’s The Independent, who also marvels at the “highly recommended” production’s many resonances with contemporary global politics. 

“St. Joan” (run-time: 2 hours, 38 minutes) will include a 20-minute intermission, during which ECU SCREENS will serve free ice cream. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets are $5 for ECU students.