Arts Club on Tour
By Lucia Frangione
An Arts Club Theatre Company Production
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre Company (Kamloops), and Thousand Island Playhouse (Gananoque, ON)
Running time: Approx. 2 hours 10 minutes, including intermission
Tickets: Adult $39 | Senior $30 | Student $15
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When Ava and her daughter, Frankie, move to an inherited cottage near Kamloops, they discover that Ava’s late husband’s brother is already living there. What starts as a tense relationship develops in unexpected ways as Frankie finds a role model in her uncle and Ava grows attached to the companionship of this other man. Through memories and photographs, a tender love story unfolds between the three as they begin to thread together a new understanding of family.
Lucia Frangione is an internationally produced, award-winning playwright and actor residing in Vancouver. She has had over 25 plays produced, including Paradise Garden by the Arts Club. In the world premiere of In a Blue Moon, a visually beautiful tale unfolds about creating a new life in a new landscape.
In a Blue Moon will move you in the way only great theatre can by evoking strong family connections to past and present.
Lucia Frangione, playwright, actor (b at Calgary 23 July 1969). Lucia Frangione attended school at Camille J. Lerouge School in Red Deer, Alta, and studied playwriting at the Rosebud School of the Arts and acting at Langara College in Vancouver. As a writer Frangione had early success, publishing her first poem at 17 and producing her first play at 18.
Her play, Chickens, was first produced when she was a student at Rosebud School of the Arts in Alberta. Rosebud is a religious school and it was there that Frangione found the freedom and the encouragement to explore and write about her spirituality combined with feelings of sensuality. Each play she writes is a personal quest and a question about the spirit she calls “the beloved.”
Most often in Frangione’s plays, that search for the divine has a peculiar and hilarious twist. Chickens, which has since been produced in Canada, the US and Australia, gets to the heart of the question about which came first, the chicken or the egg. The play’s main characters are a young couple on the verge of bankruptcy, who begin raising exotic chickens. All the problems centering around egg fertilization become a metaphor for their lives.
Throughout the 1990s, Frangione worked as a playwright, actor and artistic director with Chemainus Theatre on Vancouver Island. Her playCariboo Magi (2001) is set in BC’s 1860s goldrush. The comedy earned Lucia Frangione the Sydney Risk Emerging Playwright Award and was published by Talon Books.
At Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre she continued questioning institutionalized Christianity and its effect on the family and sexuality, most notably with the production of the semi-autobiographical playEspresso, produced in 2003. Frangione starred in Espresso, playing 3 Italian-Canadian women – an estranged daughter who comes home to her dying father’s bedside, her grandmother, and her stepmother.Espresso, also published by Talon Books, has been one of her most successful plays and was nominated for 7 Jessie Awards, including a nomination for Frangione’s performance. The play went on to have a year-long run at the Jelenia Gorski Theatre in Poland.
Her playful comedy Holy Mo, produced in 1997, humanized Moses and turned him into a stuttering wonder, even as he outlined the age-old commandments.
Her plays are distinguished for their humour but they are much more than light comedy because as she gets her audiences laughing at life, she also has them pondering the endless mystery of her “beloved” spirit and divine power.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:15pm
Join us in the lower lobby before the show for an insider’s look into the show with a key member of the production team.
Talk Back Performance
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Join us after the performance for a talk back in the theatre with the cast and members of the production team.