“It’s an exploration of the erotic side of Christ’s love.”
That’s how Lucia Frangione describes her 2003 hit Espresso, which Pacific Theatre is remounting from Friday (May 16) to June 14. And the play—which draws heavily from the Song of Solomon, the most deeply sexual passage in the Bible, to tell its story—is genuinely hot.
Frangione herself will play three women from one family who are drawn together when the patriarch is involved in a car crash that leaves him with a lacerated heart. Robert Salvador will take the role of Amante, a character who embodies both the Holy Spirit and Eros.
Espresso is one of the finest scripts to come out of Vancouver. It’s also the script that saved Pacific Theatre. The company was teetering on the brink of dissolution in 2003, and although artistic director Ron Reed feared that Espresso’s daring might finish the troupe off, he stayed committed to it. That commitment was rewarded with a sold-out run.