Joan Dark

Runner Up, 2022 Jane Chambers Award, WTP/ATHE

Deacon Joan strives to become a womanpriest in the Roman Catholic church, but her new posting in Bridgeport, Connecticut begs answers beyond the spiritual—about the wealth gap in America, healing a country that’s sick and how we find faith again after we’ve lost it.
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Joan Dark

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  • Kate Busselle:
    1 Jul. 2022
    I had the honor of reading this play as part of the Jane Chambers Award Committee in 2022. This play examines a complex and interesting turn within the Catholic church as they attempt to reckon with hundreds of years of sexism within a short time frame to keep "current" with their parishioners. The protagonist, Joan, is a compelling character whose journey with religion, faith, and sexism unfold through flashback and varying conflicts with sexism within the Roman Catholic religion that make for a compelling examination of those who dare to challenge long-standing establishments like the Catholic Church.

Development History

  • Workshop
    Colorado New Play Summit - Denver Center for the Performing Arts


Runner Up
Jane Chambers Award