My Last –
A one-woman show performed by four different actors.
This year, as part of the Visual Fringe, Theatre Double Take presents a unique and intimate viewing experience. Each performance will feature 1 actor and 3 audience members in a 10 x 10 foot tent for 10-15 minutes.
Performer #3: Polly Phokeev
Polly Phokeev is an actor, writer, dramaturg, and clown. Theatre acting credits include Mucedorus (Poculi Ludique Societas/UofT Graduate Centre), Much Ado about Nothing (Fly By Night Theatre), The Loyalists (Single Thread Theatre Company), and The Rules (University College Drama Program; dir. Banuta Rubess). Training includes Hon. BA specializing in Drama at the University of Toronto, clowning with John Turner, intermediate-level stage combat with Fight Directors Canada, and film acting with John Boylan (Centre for the Arts) and Earl Nanhu (EVN Studios).
What drew you to this project?
I feel this short play so beautifully encapsulates an essence of the struggle women continue to face in sifting through contradictory, often-unattaninable expectations – both in our society, and, I’m sure, others. There’s this world set against Lucia – she’s valued most of all as a thing of beauty, desired as a picture of herself rather than a complete person. And then there’s this retrospective gaze we get, with the pre-recorded “Voice” of a tour guide or a historian of some sort, which opens the door to a whole set of questions. We know history is totally biased, but what are the gaping holes in our collective memory? What are our habitual fillers for those blanks? Whose side do we tend to take?
Is there anything you’d like the audience to know coming in?
I think it’s great for audiences to enter into this with open ears and a critical mind. If anything, I’d love to have audience members come in with a little seed of doubt, or a grain of salt, if you will, and the budding question of whose voice should you trust?
Describe your Lucia.
Lucia is a very kind young woman who tries very honestly with all her might to please everyone around her, and be a warm presence in the world.
See Polly in My Last – at the 2014 Toronto Fringe, in the Alleyplay Performance Tent.
Full performance schedule here.