Suicidal stand-up comic, Lili, meets her idol, Joan of Arc, and, while playing her side-kick and confidante, makes war on "the Fathers of the Church.," exploring sexuality, love, guilt, faith, and the place of women.
“Crossing the paths of two outcast young women – one of great spirituality but no worldly experience, the other of abundant sexuality, but no faith … having them reach out across the centuries, bringing the assumptions of two vastly different times and cultures to their search…(is) intriguing. … Her (Lili’s) wry, cut-to-the-chase curiosity is funny. But what particularly impressed me was the sweet, unaffected nature of the exchange…in which we hear the authentic, unedited voices of these two interesting women as they seek to share a common search for integrity and purpose across a gaping cultural divide.” Clifford A. Ridley, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
“Joan projects magnificent power and grace, while Lili embodies contemporary sexual energy and charm. .. Despite the fact (the play) reaffirms both Lili's faith and ours, the locals went ballistic and vowed to close it. ...Sunde's take …nevertheless proves sympathetic toward St Joan and her spirituality” Tish Dace, PLAYS INTERNATIONAL
Though the play was nearly Banned In Philadelphia, a Catholic Reverend praised it as “a very authentic interpretation of St. Joan of Arc…renders more
clearly than [Shaw or Anouilh] her religious faith…relating Joan’s existence to modern feminism."
Play commissioned & directed by Ken Marini, Cheltenham Center for the Arts as La Pucelle.
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Published February 8, 2012
by Karen Sunde.
Literature & Fiction.