“What I am, I will not denounce. What I have done, I will not deny.”
Sterling Heights senior Sarah V. Ray said this Wednesday night while
playing the role of Joan of Arc in ‘The Lark.’
More than 300 people attended Wednesday’s performance of the play,
which was the first of five showings this week, culminating Sunday in
Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre.
“I picked the show because I love the story of Joan of Arc,” said
Keeley Stanley-Bohn, the director of the play. “It’s very touching.”
‘The Lark,’ a play by Jean Anouilh and later adapted by Lillian
Hellman, is a story about the trial of Joan of Arc.
During the first act, Cauchon, played by Ohio sophomore Andrew Papa,
tries getting Joan, played by Ray, to recount her life in its entirety
before the court. Throughout the act, Joan recalls the appearance of
Saint Michael and her mission to France, which was set upon her by
Joan then demonstrates how she persuaded Robert de Beaudricourt,
played by freshman Aaron Wineman, to provide her with soldiers and a
horse to meet with King Charles of France, played by West Branch senior
Dean Gibbs. Gibbs later put Ray in charge of the French Army.
Act 2 begins with the mention of Joan’s greatest victories — her
abandonment by King Charles and her capture.
Kalamazoo junior Amy Holysz was required to attend Wednesday’s
performance for class, but said she would’ve come regardless.
“My favorite character was King Charles because he gives the play a
satirical feel and brings an energy to the performance,” Gibbs said.
As the trial continues, Joan says she will never again bear arms or
wear a soldier’s uniform.
But the Church still sentences Joan to life in prison, and later
burns her at the stake.