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Miss Black Takes a Famous Part of Heroine.

It is officially announced that the prominent feature of the present season at the "Harrow Theatre" in Old Deerfield will be the production of "Jeanne d'Arc at Vaucouleurs" a verse drama in three acts by Will Hutchins. The production is scheduled for the week of Aug 1-7, and work has already been well begun, and is advanced enough to be promising.

The play, while historic in subject and in general incident, is a presentation of the domestic and personal side of the character of the "Maid of Orleans," and is developed around certain specific occurrences which were extremely important in the early stages of her career, but which have not been dramatically treated before except in certain 15th century mystery plays.

It was from Vaucouleurs that Jeanne D'Arc was forwarded to the dauphin king at Chinon by Robert de Baudricourt on Feb. 23, 1429, which is the time in which the action of the piece is set. With one exception the incidents of the piece are literally based upon history, but the presentation is to a certain extent, an entirely new departure from Jeanne d'Arc tradition on the stage which has always tended towards the spectacular rather than the real or personal quality. In form the play follows the general principles of the Greek drama in composition, being written with a strictly limited number of characters in a perfect unity of time, place and action. It has been very warmly received in private circulation by some of the most exacting of American critics, and will probably be published later in the season. Its first appearance, however will be at Deerfield, on the stage for which it was originally written. The piece is to be mounted with extreme care as to detail in every particular. Entirely fresh costumes will be used throughout, based on the drawings of Boutet-de-Monvel. The stage is being rebuilt and enlarged and there will be a larger and more effective seating arrangement than last year. It seems probable that there will be a considerable attendance from Boston and New York and the neighboring cities. In order to avoid overcrowding at any one performance the number of admissions for each evening will be strictly limited. Patrons can secure their tickets in advance. Ample notice will be given at later date.

The company is at present rehearsing last year's production. "The land of heart's desire," for private production in Ashfield on Monday evening of next week. A revival for the production will probably be announced for Deerfield at a later date. The part of Jeanne d'Arc is taken by Miss Kelsey Black of the University of Indiana. Mr. Hutchins will probably take a minor part in that play.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: A logical extension of the Deerfield Arts and Crafts Movement was theatrical revival. Will Hutchins, an artist and aspiring playwright spearheaded the dramas, enlisting like-minded experienced people from the community to act out the plays. The end result, though popular, drew mixed reviews.


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"Deerfield's Summer Plays"

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Jun 26, 1909
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   2.25"
height   9.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L02.092

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"Harrow Theater and Hutchins' Plays"

"Will Hutchins Manages Yale Plays"

Jeanne D' Arc Performance

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