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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2019

Contact: Kyla Kruse, kyla.kruse@llcc.edu, 217-786-4918

LLCC Theatre presents “I am Jeanne” May 2-5

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists presents the world premiere of “I am Jeanne” on Thursday through Sunday, May 2-5 at 8 p.m. The performances will be staged in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre, directs this new devised production about the infamous female pirate Jeanne de Clisson. A devised production is one created by the ensemble in collaboration with a director and designers.

During the Hundred Years’ War, Jeanne’s husband, who was suspected of secretly supporting England in the conflict, was lured to France to participate in a tournament. Once there, he was tried and executed. Hearing of this, Jeanne sells her estates, buys three ships, paints them black and outfits them with red sails. She secures the support of England. To exact her revenge, she then attacks French ships in the English Channel for 13 years.

In this production, all actors become Jeanne at some point, blurring the lines between genders. “We do this to highlight the fact that all folks who have suffered from oppression have a voice,” says Hardiman. “The production is staged in the form of flashback as Jeanne ponders the significance of her acts and their results.”

“I am Jeanne” runs approximately an hour and contains stage combat stylized into a ritualistic form. This production is suggested for mature audiences. Tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is extremely limited for this special event. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at www.cutlassartists.com.

Ensemble cast members are Graham Kinley, Alyssa Sammons, Zachary Harness, Asher Selvaggio, Amanda Wheelhouse, Ilian Taylor, Brittany Fix and Riley York, all of Springfield.

Crew members for the play include Caya Eigenmann of Sherman, assistant director/running stage manager and Shannon Anderson, light designer, Beth Staff, costume designer, Susan M. Tate,costume assistant, and Carey Carey, assistant stage manager/understudy, of Springfield.

This collaborative performance is an extension of the Cutlass Artists NFP mission which is “… to provide meaningful and rewarding artistic opportunities for artists and audiences by building communities of like-minded individuals that demonstrate the value of art in their lives and respect for the artists that create them,” says Hardiman.

LLCC Theatre is committed to education in theatre, emphasizing not only performance but also growth in those involved in the production. Students, past students and community members appear regularly in theatre productions. Learn more about LLCC Theatre at www.llcc.edu/theatre.