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Big Picture - Spring 2021

On one knee and with clenched fists, Lauren Smith (BFA Acting ’22) portrays Joan of Arc
Photo by Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Lauren Smith (BFA Acting ’22) portrays Joan of Arc in a monologue from Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part I in the School of Theatre’s production of “Woe is Me.” In the performance, Smith confronts the English generals who want to burn her as a witch. “When I think of my ability to be on the stage in a time like this, … I am incredibly grateful …. Things are a little different now, but I’ve realized theatre does not always need to be extravagant or groundbreaking to be valuable. Sometimes the joy and freedom that comes from performing is enough on its own.”

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