Meet Jaron Francis, our George in Stop Kiss


Jaron Francis(1)Jaron is an actor, writer and producer who lives in Toronto but calls Saskatoon home. He has performed at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Persephone Theatre, the Station Arts Centre and with Live Five. Most recently he was seen in Evelyne de la Chenelière’s Strawberries in January at Persephone. In 2012, his play Like Parting Water, presented through Live Five, was honoured with the SATA for Achievement in Playwriting. Next, Jaron will appear at the Port Stanley Theatre Festival in Stag and Doe.

What about the play resonates with you?

The idea of taking hold of one’s life with fervent ownership. Often people allow external pressures to trump their own longing. It’s a beautiful thing to watch one claw their way out of that shortcoming.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?
Once I understand my character’s piece of the story puzzle, I search for as many ways as possible to exploit the ammunition the playwright has provided.
What does community engagement mean to you?
While audience engagement happens in the theatre during the play, community engagement happens primarily outside the space in conjunction with the performance. Encouraging, beckoning and provoking the community the play is created for is simply a way of furthering the production’s potential impact and usefulness.

***Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son***

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