Show InfoPrimary Discipline: Theater
Secondary Discipline: Interdisciplinary
What happens to a symbol when it outlives its usefulness? Performer Mary Tuomanen and Director Aaron Cromie explore the betrayal of Joan of Arc by her own army at Compeigne. A virtuosic solo with masks, puppets and movement from the team that brought you the 2011 Fringe hit, 'A Paper Garden'.
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Aaron Cromie is a Philadelphia based director, designer and performer who has been creating works of mask & puppet theatre nationally for over a dozen years. Mary Tuomanen is a Philadelphia performer and playwright educated at the Lecoq School of Movement in Paris. Together, they are combining their forces to make their first completely self-produced project -- Saint Joan, Betrayed -- a study of 15th century revolutionary, Joan of Arc. This low-tech, high-impact piece relies on virtuosic storytelling, masks and puppets to tell the story of how the Maid of Orleans was betrayed by her own men, leading to her capture and ultimate execution. Why did the very people who were once willing to fight for this charismatic woman then allow her to fall to their enemies, unransomed? Saint Joan, Betrayed explores the paradox of how symbols can outlive their usefulness -- what happens when a movement believes it has outgrown its leader? We will also be incorporating the fantastic stories of the saints whose voices Joan claimed to hear -- St. Catherine, St. Michael and St. Margaret -- using toy theater scenes which Aaron developed this summer at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Puppetry Conference.
Pictured (Left to Right): Mary Tuomanen
Photo Credit: plate 3 Photography
September 14, 2013 10:30 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 14, 2013 4:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 13, 2013 7:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 12, 2013 7:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 9, 2013 7:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 8, 2013 5:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 8, 2013 12:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 7, 2013 10:30 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 6, 2013 10:30 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 5, 2013 7:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA September 15, 2013 5:00 PM Theatre X, 1340 S 13th St , Philadelphia, PA
Production Team Summary
Identifies with and will do reviews with cultural, ethnic, or religious groups (e.g.,: Jewish community, GLBTQ community, African American community, etc.):No
Groups or Educational Institution Affiliations (e.g.,: university, company member of other theaters):Aaron Cromie is a co-founding faculty member of Headlong Performance Institute, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Theater at University of the Arts, and a guest artist with both Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University. Aaron is also a faculty member of Teatro Studio Maschera, an international school of commedia dell'arte in Lago Santa Croce, Italy. Mary Tuomanen currently teaches theater at the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's independent LGBT youth organization. She is a company member of Applied Mechanics Theatre Company, and was a founding member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. In 2012 she collaborated with The Riot Group for their Incubator Arts show, Sophie Gets The Horns.
Why do you do the Festival? What Does the Festival Mean to You?As practitioners of devised physical theater work, the Festival is the most important time of the year for us in terms of coming into artistic dialogue with our fellow Philadelphians, and international companies who inspire and help transform our work.
Why are you mounting your Festival show in this neighborhood?Aaron and Mary live together in South Philadelphia, a few blocks from Studio X. We believe in creating shows for the community where we make our lives.
Please list any interesting facts, awards, hobbies, or other things about you or your show that might be newsworthy:Aaron Cromie is an award-winning director and designer of masks and puppets, and Mary Tuomanen is a reputed local performer. Together they are making their first self-produced collaboration -- a study of 15th century revolutionary Joan of Arc. Mary became fascinated by Joan while working as a tour guide in Paris from 2007 - 2008, where she was studying at the Lecoq school of movement. She often took her tour groups to the very statue of Joan whose copy stands beside the Philadelphia Art Museum today. This project also appeals to Aaron Cromie's long fascination with the lives of Catholic saints, whose fantastic stories he will translate into the miniature spectacle of toy theater.
Mary Tuomanen Originally from: Exeter, NH Role: Performer Claim to fame: As a creator of devised work, Mary has performed in festivals from Austin, TX to Paris, France. Her company Applied Mechanics was featured in April's American Theatre Magazine for their 26-person historical fantasia, VAINGLORIOUS, in which she played Napoleon Bonaparte. In 2011 she became the first woman to play Hamlet in Philadelphia since Charlotte Cushman. In 2012, she and Aaron received a 2 year grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage to create The Body Lautrec, a meditation on the art and maladies of painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec which is set to premiere in fall of 2014. In the spring she will play Irina in the Arden Theatre Company's production of Chekov's The Three Sisters -- a new translation by Curt Columbus. Aaron Cromie Originally from: Kinnelon, NJ Role: Director/Designer/Puppeteer Claim to fame: 5 time Barrymore Award-winner Aaron Cromie has designed masks and puppets for theater companies across the nation. He has directed for Lantern Theater (Scapin), Azuka Theater (The Long Christmas Ride Home), Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater (Henry V, Titus Andronicus, The Two Noble Kinsmen), Mum Puppet Theater (The Fantasticks), New City Stage (American Sligo), Theater Confetti (Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them) as well as for UArts, Drexel and Bryn Mawr. He is 2 time recipient of an Independence Foundation Grant, a 3 time recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Development Grant, and recently received a 2 year grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage for The Body Lautrec, collaboration with Mary Tuomanen which is set to premiere in Fall of 2014. He studied at the Antonia Fava School in Reggio Emilia, L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and is a graduate of the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre in California.
Saint Joan, Betrayed
by Aaron Cromie & Mary Tuomanen