FRANGIONE, Lucia




Author Tags: Theatre

Described as a post-feminist playwright, Frangione is also an actor who has been associated with Ruby Slippers Theatre in Vancouver. Her production of Espresso was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in 2003, as was her preceding play Cariboo Magi. Hyped as 'sexy, provocative and challenging', Espresso (Talonbooks, 2004) is one of the author's 'blasphemy plays' that inverts Catholic stereotypes of feminine sexuality. When the patriarch of an immigrant Italian family is hospitalized after a near-fatal car accident, the women of the clan converge into one actor and present their stories. The workshop and world premiere were directed by Morris Ertman and produced by Scott Campbell under the artistic direction of Ron Reed at the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver in January/February of 2003 with Lucia Frangione as Rosa and Todd Thomson in the other role of Amante. Her play Cariboo Magi (Talonbooks, 2005) concerns a makeshift troupe of would-be theatricals who attempt to mount a Christmas Pageant for the Theatre Royal in Barkerville during the Cariboo gold rush. They consist of a pregnant child star, an inept and drunken Anglican preacher, a cunning Madame named Fanny and a mixed-blood poet who claims he’s the last of the Mohicans.

Everyone grieves differently, and in Lucia Frangione’s play In a Blue Moon (Talonbooks 2016), we follow three characters in a combination of dance, recollection, and photography as each of the trio find peace with their new realities. After the death of Ava’s husband, she moves to the only asset they have left: a farmhouse far from the city. With her daughter Frankie, Ava begins an Ayurveda clinic but there is a problem. Her long-estranged brother-in-law Will, who has been living rent free on the farm refuses to leave. Although a tender love story unfolds as Frankie finds in Will someone to trust and look up to, while Ava discovers in him a companion who pushes her to grow as a person.


BOOKS:

Espresso (Talonbooks 2004).
Cariboo Magi (Talonbooks 2005). 0-88922-527-3
Paradise Garden (Talonbooks 2011) 978-0-88922-658-6 $17.95
Leave of Absence (Talonbooks 2013) $17.95 978-0-88922-753-8
In a Blue Moon (Talonbooks 2016) $17.95, 978-1-77201-035-0


[BCBW 2013] "Theatre"

Biography
Publisher's Promo (2013)



Award-winning playwright and actress Lucia Frangione has emerged from Canada’s independent theatre scene to take her place as an important, young post-feminist voice on the lives of women in the post-modern world, boldly questioning the institutions of family, religion and sexual iconography. Her accessible and entertaining plays persist in furthering an intelligent female voice in the theatre, utilizing satire as a tool for critical thought, and tackling complex themes with wit and courage.

She is the recipient of the 2006 and 1998 Gordon Armstrong Playwright Awards and won the Sydney Risk playwright award for Cariboo Magi in 2001. Espresso was nominated for seven Jessie awards, toured Western Canada in 2004 and was translated into Polish and performed for a year at Teatr Jeleniogorski in 2007. Her twenty plays have been produced by theatres such as The Belfry Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Lambs Players San Diego, Ruby Slippers, Solo Collective, Chemainus Theatre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. She is currently world premiering two new plays in 2010: Paradise Garden at the Arts Club Theatre and Leave Of Absence at Pacific Theatre. Her play Sanctuary is in development with co-writer and composer, Aaron Krogman.

Frangione has performed in her own plays to much acclaim, notably earning Jessie Richardson Award nominations for her leading performances in Holy Mo and Espresso as well as winning the CAEA Stage West National Acting Award in 2003.

She is screening her first film at festivals this year, Pop Switch, a short that received Kickstart funding. Lucia resides in Vancouver and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.