Fire and Flames: The Trials of Jean de Brebeuf and Joan of Arc by John Kenwell

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Fire and Flames: The Trials of Jean de Brebeuf and Joan of Arc by John Kenwell

Engulfed in scorching, leaping flames, and surrounded by jeering tormentors, Joan of Arc in 1430 and Jean de Brebeuf in 1649, perished in fire. Shockingly, neither expired in fear – witnesses to both events recount – rather, they died proclaiming unshakeable faith.

A zealous young Jesuit priest compares recorded accounts of both their deaths and finds striking similarities, and the culpability of the Roman Catholic church.

“The strongest steel endures the hottest fire.”

Keywords: martyr, missionary, Jesuit, Joan of Arc, Brebeuf, Iroquois, Hurons, execution, Huronia, New France, France

Genre: Historical Drama
Run time: 95 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Content warning: There is violence in this play. Because this drama includes depictions of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc and two Jesuit missionaries, the level of violence is intense.

Cast size: 22 actors
Male roles: 13
Female roles: 3
Other roles: 10
Casting note: There are 10 plus roles in this play that would best be filled by Indigenous actors. Huron and Iroquois characters, including a "Chorus" are depicted in this play.