Mother of the Maid
VTC announces auditions for Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson: the sorry tale of Joan of Arc as seen through the eyes of her mum. Auditions will be held on January 7, 2o2o at 6:00 pm at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro. The show's performance dates are April 24-26 & May 1-3, 2020 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater.
This is the story of Joan of Arc's mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. This riveting play is an epic tale told through an unexpected perspective.
For consideration for a role actors are asked to prepare a 1 minute monologue from Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries, from another version of Joan of Arc, or from one of George Bernard Shaw's plays.
Anyone interested in the role of the mother, Isabelle Arc, must also be prepared to read one of the monologues from the play (below).
Isabelle Arc, Joan's Mum
Joan Arc, The Maid
Jacques Arc, Joan's Da
Pierre Arc, Joan's big brother
Father Gilbert, the family priest
Lady of the Court
The Court Scribe
Joan's personal Chamberlain
A Prison Guard
The director will be casting the actors in roles to best tell the story of how a family journeys through these extraordinary circumstances. Gender and age are a part of the consideration of how the ensemble will come together, but actors are transformers and all performers are encouraged to audition for roles that are enticing to them.
The story begins with Joan's announcement to her mother that she has been speaking with a martyred saint. It continues through family conversations about what to do and who to tell that Joan has been given a mission from God to lead the French army to victory. It celebrates the victories and dynamic changes in the family as Joan and her brother Pierre find their places in the army and at court. But of course, the show ends on the infamous English pyre with Joan's own martyrdom, and the way each of her family members deals with her demise. Isabelle, the mother, is the driving energy of the show and its protagonist.
The play was recently performed off Broadway starring Glenn Close as the mother to rave reviews. Now we're bringing it to Brattleboro to explore motherhood and how to support outstanding young women!