Possessed French nun subject of new play



Ron Bashford and Carine Montbertrand are this week’s resident artists at the Barn Arts Collective. The pair is producing “Jeanne Des Anges,” a performance inspired by the true story of a French nun possessed by the devil.

Ron Bashford and Carine Montbertrand are this week’s resident artists at the Barn Arts Collective. The pair is producing “Jeanne Des Anges,” a performance inspired by the true story of a French nun possessed by the devil.

TREMONT — This week’s resident artists at the Barn Arts Collective, Ron Bashford and Carine Montbertrand, are developing a new show, “Jeanne Des Anges,” which will play at the Barn Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at 7 p.m each night.

The new show is inspired by the true story of a nun in France in the 17th century who was believed to have been possessed by devils. The real-life Jeanne Des Anges gained widespread fame after daily exorcisms made her famous throughout Europe during and after her life.

The artists have been working together to tell her story in the form of bouffon clowning – a 20th-century, highly physical and at times grotesque performance technique that has been seen in popular culture in films such as “Borat.”

The development of “Jeanne des Anges” is supported by a grant from Amherst College, where Bashford teaches courses in directing, drama and voice and speech, in addition to his work as a professional freelance theater director. Montbertrand is a classically trained actor who has performed Off-Broadway and throughout the country and teaches acting with a specialty in neutral and Commedia dell’Arte mask.

“I’m thrilled to have Carine and Ron in residence this week. Their work is thoughtful, unique and exhilarating, and local audiences will have several opportunities to see this piece as they prepare for a run in New York next year.”

The Barn is at 130 Tremont Road in Bass Harbor. All admission is by donation. Visit www.barnartscollective.com.

 

 

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