The Lark: The Story of Joan of Arc by Miriam Laurence
1440's, France - towards the end of the 100 Years War. England and France are at war. A young girl form the peasant class claims that her 'Angels' have told her to save France. Combining drama, humour, and many dramatic techniques, this play retells the story of her spectacular rise to lead the French to victory, and her ultimate betrayal - all before her nineteenth birthday.
The original production of THE LARK was written by French author Jean Anouilh in the early 1950's. It was translated by Lillian Hellman and was a huge success on Broadway in the mid-fifties. I have retranslated and adapted it so that it 'reads' more clearly to young people and audiences of the 21st century. In this adaptation, I have split the role of JOAN up in to three actors in the different time-periods of her short life and added choral elements where the JOANS interact and react in unison. This has worked very well in production and serves large casts with many female actors also well.
What makes this play immediately accessible to a modern-day audience is the dramatization of Joan as a rebellious teenager, led on a path dictated by her inner voices (or her 'Angels'). Joan's commitment to her true self and her beliefs has been exemplified in the brave actions of many young men and women throughout times of peace and war - most recently, of Malala Yousufzai who was shot by the Taliban at the age of fourteen and who continues to demand education and justice for girls throughout the world.
Year Printed: 2014
Running TIme: 70 minutes
Male Cast: 4
Female Cast: 7
Total Cast: 11