by RENE-DANIEL DUBOIS trans. by LINDA GABRIAU

HUSTLER CONFESSES TO MURDER, THREATENS SCANDAL

Cast and director of "Being at Home with Claude", from left to right: Ross Tundo (The Stenographer), Ryan Fisher (The Hustler), Lorne Hiro (The Inspector) and Alan Lee (Director of the play). PHOTO: STEVEN MIFSUD

MONTREAL, July 5th, 1967, 10:30 AM. Tourists flood the city for Expo but at Judge Delorme's office at the Courthouse, Inspector Robert has been interrogating a hustler for 36 hours, who has refused to identify himself but has confessed to murder. How he got into the office and what story he leaked to the press is unclear. If the police stop the press, charges of brutality will ensue. The hustler pulls the strings of the police and the press and insists on speaking to the judge. Robert's job is on the line unless he gains control.

Being at Home with Claude was originally produced in Montreal in 1986 and then later adapted into a film by Dubois released in 1992. Set in a time when homosexuality was extremely taboo and there was no such thing as gay rights, the story seems to focus on the twisted plotting of a gay hustler who although he confesses to murder, guards his motive like a 'mad dog' and threatens to scandalize a judge. With a quarter of a million tourists in town for Expo and thus Montreal being under an international microscope, will Robert be able to break him and prevent him from getting what he wants without causing a PR nightmare?

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The play features Lorne Hiro, whose been in such films as Sugar and The Recruit, Ryan Fisher, whose recent credits include Mixed Company's tour of Far From the Heart and the Eastside Players production of Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, and Ross Tundo, who has been studying Theatre Arts at Algonquin College where he recently starred in Daniel MacIvor's play, Never Swim Alone.

Being at Home with Claude is directed by first-time director, Alan Lee, whose acting credits include Desperate Housepets, Sara's Cave, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead and The Secret Of Gabi's Dresser.