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Life with Lucas How a Mosquito Bite Turned Richard Lucas into a Super Agent
Writ t e n By M ark Le ire n-yo u ng y first encounter with future Canadian super agent
dent reviewer is Last Call, the professional debut of Morris Panych and Ken
Richard Lucas was in 1981, when I attended a play he’d
MacDonald, who’ve gone on to become two of Canada’s most acclaimed
directed at the University of British Columbia. Lucas
theatre creators. I remember thinking Panych and MacDonald were going
was a seasoned Master’s student delivering his thesis
places. I thought Lucas was too. I expected him to graduate to a major
production - a modernized take on Moliere’s classic
Canadian theatre company.
comedy, The Misanthrope. I was a smart-assed undergrad reviewing for the
Instead, I didn’t see him again until just after Expo 86. He wasn’t direct-
campus paper. Over thirty years later I can still conjure flashes of the show
ing anymore, he was an agent running his own small talent company out
Lucas staged in the Dorothy Somerset Studio. It was colourful, vibrant and
of an office in Gastown.
funny and I have vague memories of the upbeat, energetic, musical score.
In July, 2014, his not-so-small company took-over JR Talent and Muse,
I was delighted and terrified to discover my review for The Ubyssey now
Lucas moved to Victoria (although he’s still working with his company
exists online - until I saw that I began by saying what a shame it was
every day) and agent Eric Edwards took over as Lucas Talent’s leading
that more people wouldn’t get to see the show I described as a,” dynamic
man (his official title is president). “It seems like we’re the second largest
comedy with a lot of style and a lot of flair.” The review went on to use the
agency in Canada now,” says Lucas. “I think Characters in Toronto is a little
word “fun” a half dozen times.
bit bigger than us.”
The only other production I still remember from my brief stint as a stu-
I knew Lucas was one of Canada’s top agents, I knew his clients loved
Reel West Summer 2015
Published on Jul 1, 2015
A Magazine for the Film, Television and Digital Production Industry. In this issue: Anita Adams from the First Weekend Club. Richard Luca...