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 #4: Claire St-Francois
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?”.
See Claire in My Last – at the 2014 Toronto Fringe, in the Alleyplay Performance Tent.