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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.
February 2013 : Promo for Leave of Absence
January 2013 : Leave of Absence at Pacific Theatre
November 2012 : Cariboo Magi Comes to Ontario!
November 2012 : Lucia Frangione Reads From Frankie Armitage
September 2012 : Wait, What Did You Call Me?
March 2012 : Chalk It Up to City Hall!
February 2012 : FRESCO - A Question of Loyalty
December 2011 : Talonbooks Presents Karl and Christy Siegler's Farewell Bash
September 2011 : Inside the Mind of Lucia Frangione
September 2011 : Word on the Street Vancouver, 2011
March 2011 : Gordon and Paradise Garden Have Arrived!
Finalist for the 2003 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (Pacific Theatre)
BOOK AWARDSCariboo Magi
Finalist for the 2002 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (Pacific Theatre)
Winner of the 2002 Jessie Richardson Award for Sydney Risk Award”
QUOTES OF NOTELeave of Absence
“When the issue of hostility towards gays around the world is viewed along- side the Catholic Church’s views on homosexuality … which state that being gay is an anomaly and intrinsically disordered, the problem is quite large … Socially aware and engaged theatre that strives to make a difference … can create a dialogue for change.”
– Mark Robins, GayVancouver.net
QUOTES OF NOTEParadise Garden
“Playwright and actor Lucia Frangione enters risky emotional territory in Paradise Garden.” — Georgia Straight
“ Paradise Garden challenges us to think about the predominance of individual modern human thinking and behaviour and the human spirit. The play is about bringing together communities and religions and intimate connections.” —reviewVancouver
“ Paradise Garden will take you up a curious sort of garden path, not in the rhetorical sense, but in a religious, proverbial, and certainly a passionate sense, into a modern day, inter-cultural Garden of Eden.” —Examiner.com
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