“I, Claudia” One-woman hit play, with Lynn van Deursen

Saturday, June 15th @ 7:30 pm  – Tickets $12 at the door.

 Recommended  age  PG 13


 “I, Claudia” by Kristen Thomson starring Lynn van Deursen is coming to the Silverton Gallery!  A touching play about life’s many struggles as seen through the eyes of four delightful characters, especially those of 13 year old Claudia.  One act, one actor, four masks, formidable theatre.

Claudia is an official pre-teen, still reeling from her parents’ divorce.  Her father is getting re-married, she has a science fair IMG_1492project coming due, and she is in the physical and emotional throes of puberty.  Finding refuge in the basement of her school, Claudia discovers the pain at the centre of her brimming child’s heart.  Some important adults in Claudia’s life; her grandfather, her father’s new girlfriend, and the school custodian, help shed light on her situation.

Portrayed by a single actor (Lynn van Deursen) the four IMG_1463characters are brought to life with the help of four distinctive masks beautifully hand crafted by Robin Wiltse.  This charming one act play blends the humorous and the painful aspects of life’s struggles with authentic language expertly written by Ms. Thomson and delightfully portrayed by Ms. van Deursen.

 “I, Claudia” was the winner of the 2001 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play.

“with lines and moments that are hilariously funny, totally unexpected and unimpeachably true” The National Post 


Lynn studied theatre at the University of Victoria in the 1980’s. She toured Vancouver Island with The Shakespeare Plus Players before working back stage and front of house for City Stage Theatre in Vancouver.  She moved to the Kootenays in 1995 to pursue her biggest role to date; that of being a wife and mother.  In recent years Lynn has performed in “Appearances” with Amber Byatt, “The MacOddo” with all of Argenta, “Harvest” with Gary Schneider, and “Becky’s New Car” with half of Kaslo.  

In between shows, Lynn spends her working hours managing the office at Boards by George Lumber in Meadow Creek.  She has also had the pleasure of performing in Jim van Horn’s Co-op Radio fundraisers called “The History of Country Music” for two years running and looks forward to the next one at the Capital Theatre in October.  Last May was her first crack at a solo show with “I, Claudia” at the Langham theatre in Kaslo which went over very well to two sold out very appreciative crowds.  Lynn couldn’t do any of this without the support & talent of her husband Paul, who builds the sets and does the sound & lights for all her shows. She is very excited to be re-mounting the production and thrilled to be able to share it with all her Kootenay neighbours.