Joan of Arc’s ‘non-binary’ character in new play harms Saint’s heroism and dignity, say Catholics | National Catholic Register

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theater reinvents the story of the Franco-Catholic heroine, much to the chagrin of critics.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater is reimagining the story of Saint Joan of Arc in an upcoming production titled Me, Janein which the Franco-Catholic heroine will be portrayed as a non-binary “queer” character who refers to herself with “they/them” pronouns.

The news sparked a backlash in Catholic circles, with several taking to Twitter to express their dismay, saying the interpretation undermines the heroic life of Saint Joan of Arc and erases the dignity of wife.

The Globe announced its decision on Thursday in a Tweeter:

“Our new piece I, Joan shows Joan as a legendary leader who uses ‘they/them’ pronouns. We’re not the first to portray Joan in this way, and we won’t be the last. We can’t wait to share this production with everyone and discover this cultural icon.

In a statement On Friday, the play’s artistic director, Michelle Terry, said, “History has provided countless wonderful examples of Joan being portrayed as a woman. This production simply offers the possibility of another point of view.

Terry argued that play adaptations make “anything possible” because “theaters don’t deal with ‘historical reality'”.

The game, which is describe by theater as “queer and hopeful,” opens August 25 and will feature actress Isobel Thom in the lead role. Thom identifies as non-binary.

The play will follow Joan’s role in the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, although it is unclear which historical events will be included.

For Catholics, Saint Joan of Arc is a symbol of chastity and courageous femininity, as a woman who sacrificed her life for the pursuit of truth, leading some to decry how the production takes liberties artistic.

“Please stop saying that extraordinary women aren’t really women,” said Abigail Favale, a Catholic professor and expert in gender studies and feminist literary criticism. wrote. Favale is the author of The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory (Ignatius Press, 2022), which approaches gender from a perspective informed by Church teaching.

The theater claims that Shakespeare himself “did not write historically accurate plays” and “plays[ed] with identity, power, with the idea of ​​pleasure, and with all sides of an argument.

The Globe’s decision to rewrite the story of Joan of Arc is part of a campaign to promote “LGBTQ” themes in the performing arts. In New York, Roundabout Theater Co. on Broadway has announcement than the beloved Broadway musical 1776 will take the stage on an international tour portraying only the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution by “actors who identify as female, transgender, and non-binary.”

Wrote a reviewer: “History be cursed.”

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