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JOAN OF ARC, a vision through fire

By John Morrow and Uni Dahr

 

Directed by Glyde Hart.

Music by Hal Mc Kusick.

 

At LTV studios, in East Hampton NY

1991

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Uni Dahr is a leading Norwegian theatre and film actress who has been a member of the repertory company of the National Theater of Bergen for 12 years. Classically trained at the State Academy of Performing Arts in Oslo, she has played many of the great classics – from Shakspeare to Ibsen and Chekov – as well as modern experimental drama.

In 1980/81 Juni was awarded a State scholarship to Poland to study at Grotowski's Laboratory Theater. In 1986 she studied film and theater at New York University and at the Actors Studio in New York with Shelly Winters. In 1989 she received a Fullbright fellowship centered on the project "Female Legends" and formed her own company, Visions, in order to explore the lives of legendary female characters and create independent theater and film productions.

Joan of Arc – Vision through Fire opened in 1988 in Los Angeles. The performance was highly acclaimed and has toured the USA, Europe, Russia, the Nordic countries and Israel; in 1992 the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation produced a television version. Joan of Arc is now performed on request in mediaeval locations.

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ABOUT THE PLAY

A monologue in which Joan of Arc re-lives her life, starting with her first visions until she burns at the stake. All other characters in her life, parents, soldiers, angels voices, King Henri, accusers, executioners, are played by Hal Mc Kusick, who uses his saxophone in lieu of words.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Glyde Hart With a BA in science and drama from Bowdoin College, Glyde moved to New York. She spent 13 years in NYC and the East End as a writer, actor, producer, director and business manager. While director of The Art Barge, she produced the “Fridays at Sundown”, a series of special events with a number of East End performance artists and writers to present a wide range of original work in a unique setting. As an independent producer/director she presented "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" by John Patrick Shanley (at the Stephen Talkhouse), "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter (at the then Diamond Lil's nightclub) and "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare (at Guild Hall) amongst many others. She has appeared as an actor in "The Queen and the Rebels", "Wait Until Dark", "Twelfth Night", "The Real Thing" and many more. She is currently teaching computer literacy and drama in the Seattle Public Schools. 

 

Hal McKusick is an American-born jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist, most notable for his work with Boyd Raeburn from 1944 to 1945 and Claude Thornhill from 1948 to 1949.

In the early 1950s he worked with Terry Gibbs and Don Elliott. McKusick also released albums under his own leadership, including a 1957 album for Prestige titled Triple Exposure. At that time he made many recordings with groups led by George Russell and Jimmy Giuffre. A fine example of his solo playing can be heard on 'All About Rosie', the lead track on the suite for orchestra featuring Bill Evans (written by George Russell and conducted by Gunther Schuller), recorded live at the Brandeis Jazz Festival in 1957. He also played on other Russell and projects at that time. In 1958 Hal McKusick led a small group with Bill Evans that recorded Cross Section Saxes which included contributions from Art Farmer, Paul Chambers and Connie Kay and using Giuffre's charts. He also worked on sessions with other prominent jazz musicians including Lee Konitz and John Coltrane.

He has recently taught at the Ross School in East Hampton, New York.

 

CAST

Hal Mc Kusick and Maria Pessino

 

CREW

Richard Neu – Lighting

Andrea Gross – Stage manager.

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