FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington presents Carolyn Gage’s award-winning play, “The Second Coming of Joan of Arc,” in celebration of Women’s History Month. Written and performed by Gage, this performance is free and open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center.
An American playwright, performer, director and lesbian activist, Gage specializes in retelling the accounts of women in history whose stories have been distorted. In this one-woman show, Gage portrays Joan of Arc as she returns to share her story with contemporary audiences. She tells of her betrayal by the powerful authorities in the church, state and military and of her experiences with their hatred and mistrust of women.
The author of more than 40 plays, musicals and one-woman shows, Gage has also taken “The Second Coming of Joan of Arc” on tour internationally. The play was a successful production in Brazil and has been featured at theater festivals in 2007 in Dublin and Montreal. It was named national finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in drama and has been featured on National Public Radio.
Gage has won numerous awards, including the Oregon Playwrights Award from the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts and grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Women Writers’ Collection at the University of New England and others. She has written for The Harvard Review, Dramatists Guild Quarterly, The Michigan Quarterly Review and the national feminist quarterly On The Issues.
Gage’s performance is for mature audiences only and is sponsored by the UMF Department of Humanities, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Diversity Committee, the Writer’s Guild, The Center for Student Involvement and the UMF Alliance.