Four actors perform all 24 roles in Bedlam’s production of Saint Joan, declared “Irresistible! Ferocious!” and “A force of nature!” by the New York Times, Best of Theater 2014 by Ben Brantley of the New York Times, and a Top Ten Play of 2013 by Time magazine. In this epic story, Shaw paints Joan of Arc not as a saint, witch, or madwoman, but a farm girl who is an illiterate intellectual, a true genius whose focus on the individual rocked the Church and State to their core. After sold-out runs in NYC and DC, Eric Tucker (director, Women of Will and artistic director of Bedlam) brings Saint Joan to Cambridge.
What are moving seats?
While we will be using the same seating configuration as you have experienced attending Arabian Nights, at each intermission, patrons in some these seats will move to different parts of the theater. The area where their seats were will become new playing spaces for the actors. The result: An immersive experience that offers different perspectives on the action.
If you look at the seating chart, sections that have seats that move are labeled “Moving Seats”. The choice is yours.
“Every member of Bedlam hears voices. Not of God and his saints, but of Shaw (who probably would have said that’s the same thing) and Shakespeare. And I mean they believe they hear these playwrights, in all their sonority, telling them what to do...anyone who listens to the eminently sane and persuasive voices of Bedlam is destined to become a convert.”— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“What a rare and rich treat to see a group of performers stretch the classics as far as possible and not one inch further. That’s what the misleadingly named Bedlam company has done with its taut, maraudingly high-spirited take on George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan”. A protean quartet has created a production to be treasured: just three gifted men play the 23 fighters, schemers, moralizers and executioners surrounding Joan of Arc (the no-less-gifted Andrus Nichols). Just as St. Joan lured the multitudes to her cause, this production of “Saint Joan” soon has audience members all too happy, even grateful, to clamber after it.”— Eric Grode, The New York Times (Critics' Pick)
“Unforgettable... the most exciting George Bernard Shaw revival I've ever seen, bar none”— The Wall Street Journal, Best Revival of 2012
“It's an audacious concept for the production, one that showcases both the human drama of the piece as well as the philosophy that abounds in the text about the nature of warfare, the church's role in man's life and so much more. The way in which Eric Tucker allows us to sense a wind-changing direction by virtue (pun intended) of Joan's presence is nothing short of genius.”— Andy Propst, Huffington Post
- George Bernard Shaw writer
- Eric Tucker director