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Selfie

By Christine Quintana
Subjects: Theatre for Young Audiences, Dating & Sex, Western Playwrights, British Columbia, By Age — 15–18, Women Writers
Casting: 2 f, 1 m
Duration: 75 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369101259, 96 pages, September 2020
Expected to ship: 2020-10-27

Awards

  • Winner, Jessie Richardson Award for Sydney Risk Prize 2015
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (TYA) 2018
  • Winner, Tom Hendry Award for Theatre for Young Audiences 2018

Description

A new year of high school is full of excitement and potential—but three teens didn’t expect it to bring such a dark change to their lives. After spending a summer reinventing herself in Paris, Emma is ready for her new life to start, while her best friend Lily is eager for them to reconnect. Lily throws a last-minute party fuelled by alcohol and Instagram, which leads to a long-awaited encounter between Emma and Lily’s older brother Chris. But the next day Emma feels that something went terribly wrong. When a doctor’s appointment and a visit from police confirm that there was a sexual assault at the party, and the whole school turns against Emma, the three friends grapple with what actually happened between Emma and Chris. This smart and intense play about the complexities of relationships and community opens up a much-needed conversation about the nature of consent.

Reviews

“Quintana’s writing is natural, bitingly funny, and heartfelt. All three characters are wholly developed and vividly real .  .  . by deconstructing rape culture and exploring consent in smart, engaging, entertaining, and emotionally fulfilling ways .  .  . this is required theatre for everyone. ”

- Andrea Warner, Georgia Straight

“Quintana’s temerity for making very polemical issues appear equivocal and challenging is a sincere compliment to her teenage viewers. ”

- Martha Schabas, The Globe and Mail