Condola Rashad’s Next Role to Tackle: Joan of Arc

Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, September 12, 2017

Condola Rashad

Condola Rashad (Credit Image: © Dennis Van Tine/Avalon via ZUMA Press)

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Condola Rashad will take on the title character of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play “Saint Joan.”

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The play depicts the rise and fall of Joan of Arc in 15th-century France.

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“I’m brilliantly nervous, which is how I like it to be,” Ms. Rashad said in a telephone interview.

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Ms. Rashad received a Tony nomination — her third — for a role this year in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,”

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Ben Brantley praised Ms. Rashad’s portrayal of Nora’s grown-up daughter, Emmy, calling it a “stunningly subtle and controlled performance” in a New York Times review. (She left the show in July, and currently stars in the Showtime drama “Billions.”)

At first glance, the roles of Joan of Arc and Emmy couldn’t be farther apart. “What they want in their lives is literally polar opposites, which is very exciting for me, to go in the opposite direction,” Ms. Rashad said. “But I think there’s a similar authenticity and drive.”

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