“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 #2: Grace Gordon

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 #2: Grace Gordon

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Grace Gordon is a recent transplant to Toronto from Montreal.  Notable credits include: Desdemona in Othello, Philotis in Bear & Co.’s ’tis Pity She’s a Whore (Bear & Co.), Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Masha in Three Sisters, and Jackie in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever (Dome Theatre),The Tempest (Kaleidoscope Theatre), The Art of Arousal (Spiritus Theatre),Cobra: The Musical III (MTL Fringe/Extensive Enterprises), Macbeth and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (MTL Shakespeare Theatre Co.) She is a graduate of Dawson College’s “Dome” Theatre Program. Follow her on Twitter @gracegordon1564

 

What drew you to My Last – ?

I was initially attracted to this project because I have been wanting to work with Grace Smith and Theatre Double Take for a while now. I found out about sharing the role with three others after signing on to the project – which was an added treat!

 

Tell us about your Lucia.

My Lucia is a vibrant, loving girl who learns through youthful trial by fire. Thrust into a situation where mistakes are not an option.

 

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

Full performance schedule here.

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“My Last – ” Performer #1: Kari Bell

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 #1: Kari Bell

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Kari Bell is a recent Acting Programme graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax. During her time in Nova Scotia, Kari performed in many production, her favorites including Lady Windermere’s Fan (Mrs. Erlynne), Blood Wedding (Mother-in-Law), While We’re Young (Clara),The Madwoman of Chaillot (Dr. Jadin and Josephine) and The March (Rossi). Once graduated, Kari moved back to Alberta, where she had grown up. During her year in the homeland, she performed in five professional productions with Kompany Family Theatre, Book of Jobes (Various Roles), being her favorite. Kari moved to Toronto in September 2013 to pursue her acting career in a new city and is so thrilled to be a part of Theatre Double Take’s original production of My Last – .

 

Why did you want to take part in My Last – ?

To be honest, I had seen a previous Theatre Double Take production, written by Grace Smith, and was so enveloped by her writing style that I just jumped at the chance to work with her and this new piece of original work. (Editor’s note: we did not pay Kari to say this.)

 

The main character, Lucia, is being played by four different actors. Describe your Lucia.

She’s trying the best that she can.

 

Any last words for the audience?

I don’t think there’s anything I would like the audience to know coming in; just have a sit and a listen.

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

Full performance schedule here.

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