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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Lucia Frangione
[Lucia Frangione, 2016]

Lucia Frangione is an internationally produced, award-winning playwright and actor residing in Vancouver.

She has had twenty-eight plays produced, including In a Blue Moon (Arts Club Theatre/Western Canada Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse) and Off Leash (Fugue Theatre), and she has just participated in writing the collective creation Big Bad with Boca del Lupo. Frangione also wrote Maid for a Musket (St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Etienne (a podplay, Richmond Gateway and Neworld Theatre), Leave of Absence (Pacific Theatre, ACTivist Theatre), FRESCO (Bellaluna, VICC), Paradise Garden (Arts Club), Holy Mo (Pacific), Espresso (Pacific, Belfry, PTE, teatr Powszechny Warsaw), MMM (Ruby Slippers), Cariboo Magi (Lambs Players San Diego), Chickens, Christmas On The Air (Chemainus), and Wobbling Madonna (Solo Collective). Her new play, Diamond Willow, has music composed by John Mann (Spirit of the West) and has been commissioned by PTE, Winnipeg, and was developed at PTC’s playwrights’ colony in Vancouver. Frangione has two plays in development: Holy Mo! A Christmas Show for Pacific Theatre and an adaptation of The Thin Man for Vertigo Theatre.

She was 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 Richardson Awards, toured Western Canada in 2004, and was translated into Polish and performed for a year at Teatr Jeleniogorski in 2007. Frangione has performed in her own plays to much acclaim, notably earning Jessie Award nominations for her leading performances in Holy Mo and Espresso and winning the CAEA Stage West National Acting Award in 2003. Her first film, Pop Switch, a short that received Kickstarter funding, was nominated for Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama in the 2010 Leo Awards.

She is published by Talonbooks and received training through Studio 58 and Rosebud School of the Arts. Frangione’s is a balanced, 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. Frangione currently teaches an introduction to playwriting summer course at Langara College as well as two online, ten-month courses (introductory and advanced playwriting) through Rosebud School Of The Arts.

Frangione also works across Canada as a professional actor. Recent credits include: Vicki/Ms Baker/Lucia in In the Unlikely Event of War (Pi Theatre/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades); Estelle in No Exit (Electric Co/Virtual Stage/Theatre Calgary/WCTC/Buddies in Bad Times/ACT San Francisco); Myrtle in the Canadian premiere of Brief Encounter (Vancouver Playhouse/MTC); Pam in The Fully Monty (Persephone SK); and PG in NiX (ATP).

LATEST Lucia Frangione NEWS

November 2017 : Here’s to fifty more years of Talonbooks!

December 2016 : All Fall 2016 plays are now available!

July 2016 : Fall 2016 previews!

February 2016 : Valentine’s Day Specials!

May 2014 : A Shot of Espresso at the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver



Finalist for the 2003 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (Pacific Theatre)


Cariboo 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


In a Blue Moon

“At the end I wanted more. My neighbor put it very well. She said, ‘It’s like reading a really good book and you don’t want it to end.’ Exactly!”
—North Country Public Radio

“Poignant and touching, heartfelt and hilarious.”
—Thousand Islands Playhouse

“With strong writing and characters, In a Blue Moon is a complex, authentic story about three people learning how to live with each other after such a profound loss.”
The Peak


Leave of Absence

“The connection between sexuality and spirituality is … at the heart of Lucia Frangione’s Leave of Absence, and it is manifested especially in the lesbian awakening of the fifteen-year-old central character, Blake. Sister Margaret teaches her students about the female Christian mystics and recites their ‘lusty’ poems about longing for union with their saviour. Margaret’s appreciation for the feminine divine intermingles with Blake’s desire for her best friend. The result is tragic … as Blake is bullied, assaulted … Leave of Absence ends with a magical effect, as the air fills with singing that the playwright describes as ‘mystical’ and ‘miraculous.’ … [the key, for the audience, seems to be] to find the connection between the physical and the metaphysical, to embody a spiritual experience.”
Canadian Literature

“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


Paradise 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



“Lucia Frangione’s Espresso is a pure, generous gift that reduced me to tears. It’s also one of the best arguments for Christianity I’ve encountered. … Vivid and compassionate in every character, [Frangione] delivers her story with the sincerity of an offering.”
Georgia Straight

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