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Playwright to lead workshop

Lucia Frangione - Contributed
Lucia Frangione
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Sharpen those pencils and get those thinking caps on. Here’s your chance to learn from a living, breathing, and produced, playwright from Vancouver. 

Playwriting with Vancouver-based playwright Lucia Frangione is the third workshop of the season hosted by Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society.

Learn how to brainstorm, pre-write, develop characters, write dialogue, prepare a script for performance and more.

This workshop is perfect for writers looking for input on an existing work, for writers who may be thinking about writing a play and for writers looking to expand their general skills.

“It’s not often that a workshop of this kind with a facilitator of this caliber and with so much experience comes along,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, the theatre’s executive artistic director. “This is a very rare opportunity for both the budding and experienced playwrights to gain some valuable knowledge about the ins and outs of writing a play.” 

Frangione is an award-winning playwright who has extensive experience in seeing her plays produced and published. She is best known for performing her own works including Paradise Garden, Espresso, MMM, Cariboo Magi, Chickens and Holy Mo!.

She is the recipient of the Gordon Armstrong and Sydney Risk playwright awards. Espresso was nominated for seven Jessie awards and toured Western Canada in 2004.

Her eighteen plays have been produced by theatres such as The Stanley, The Belfry, Ruby Slippers, Solo Collective, Chemanius Theatre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. She is published by Talon Books and is on the Board of the Playwright’s Canada Press and the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.

As an added bonus, Frangione will share her personal journey as a playwright at Gallery 7 Theatre’s third and final Theatre Side-Chat.

• The workshop costs $65 per person and includes a snack, bottled water and a light lunch. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MEI Theatre, 4081 Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford. Space is limited so people are encouraged to register early. The Theatre Side Chat - A Playwright’s Journey will be held at the House of James, 2743 Emerson Street in Abbotsford at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door.

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