Art And Culture

'Joan of Arc on Fire' at Mashayekhi Hall

A scene from the playA scene from the play

Young theater actress and director Mahsa Ganji spoke of her experience and expectations in her current play that is underway at Tehran's Mashayekhi Hall.

'Joan of Arc on Fire', written by theater director and playwright Mohammad Rahmanian, 53, and directed by Ganji, will run through September 15.

"The main reason why I chose this particular subject was its focus on women's resistance," Ganji told Mehr News Agency. "The script was powerful, and I wished to create a performance with the same vigor."

The play is based on Joan of Arc (1412–1431), nicknamed 'The Maid of Orléans'  who is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431, dying at about 19 years of age.

Cultural depictions of her have continued in films, theater, television, video games, music, and performances to this day.

"Some said the script is so difficult that only few can work on it and make a successful play of it. But fortunately we managed to make it count, both in directing and acting. I'm glad everyone who watched our show came out of the hall satisfied."

The play starts at 7:15 pm and the venue is located at No 1478, Enqelab Avenue.