Media love for ‘My Last – ‘

Jon Kaplan from NOW Magazine:

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“…the text changes slightly for each of them but retains a nice sting at the end. Claire St-Francois emphasizes Lucia’s shyness and anxiety, while Grace Gordon’s performance is larger, more impetuous and romantic.”

Samantha Wu from Mooney on Theatre:

“This is a fun performance to watch, and it’s unfortunate that it’s only 15 minutes long as you want to learn more from [Lucia]. Gordon is engaging and enigmatic which makes for a fantastic quick theatrical experience in between your regular Fringe schedule.”

Victoria Laberge from Bloody Underrated:

“I had the pleasure of catching a captivating performance by the incandescent Grace Gordon, who played the character with an interesting mix of pure innocence and seductiveness. The show is pay-what-you-can, well worth stopping in to see.”

 

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“My Last – ” Performer #4: Claire St-Francois

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.

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Performer #4: Claire St-Francois

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Claire is very excited to take part in this year’s Fringe Festival as Lucia in My Last – . Originally from St-Catharines, ON, Claire is a graduate of the Dalhousie University 2010 Acting Programme, and had resided in Halifax for six years where she became involved in its theatre community. This experience included both writing and performing in various independent theatre productions and she now lives in Toronto where she hopes to further build her career in theatre. She made her Toronto debut with the Kinsmen Collective as Queen II in The Two Noble Kinsmen and has performed with The Village Playhouse as Mme. de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Previous roles include Dame Purecraft in Bartholomew Fair and Maudlin in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside with Vile Passeist Theatre. In 2011, A Question of Sex won Claire and her cast mates Best Performance as an Ensemble in the Atlantic Fringe Festival. In the 2012 Atlantic Fringe Festival she both co-wrote and performed in an adaptation of Thomas Middleton’s The Yorkshire Tragedy with Ajar Theatre titled Stay at Home Dead. Favourite roles include Luciana in A Comedy of Errors and Schulda in The Fairy of the Lake.

 

What attracted you to this project?

I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction as a genre. It’s fun using one’s own subjective interpretations when developing a character that has already been written down in our history books. I also enjoy Renaissance Italy. Lucrezia de’ Medici is an allusive figure historically and this ambiguity provides for various dramatic interpretations. I knew that there was going to be a lot of flexibility when developing her character. I have never done a one woman show. This is my first and I am looking forward to it!

 

Describe your Lucia.

Lucia is extraordinarily green and exhibits both the playfulness and exuberances of a women her age. She likes to spend her time painting, dancing, and planning her monthly wardrobe. Favourite topics include: “which flowers are in season and have recently bloomed”, “the family cook’s weekly menu” and “if you were an animal what would you be?”.
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See Claire in My Last – at the 2014 Toronto Fringe, in the Alleyplay Performance Tent.

Full performance schedule here.

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“My Last – ” Performer #3: Polly Phokeev

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.

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Performer #3: Polly Phokeev

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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.

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See Polly in My Last – at the 2014 Toronto Fringe, in the Alleyplay Performance Tent.

Full performance schedule here.

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