Selfie

Selfie

By Christine Quintana | A live screen capture show
Presented in partnership with rice and beans theatre.


Showtimes

Thursday June 9, 8:00pm ET
Friday June 10, 10:00pm ET
Saturday June 11, 5:00pm ET

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Venue

Available livestreamed online
Viewing party on Thursday June 9 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Description

GO— 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.

Inspired by screen-sharing films (Searching, 2018; Profile, 2018; and Face 2 Face, 2016), Selfie is a hybrid of cinematic and theatrical storytelling. Audience experience a livestreamed, voyeuristic window into the lives of the teenaged characters through their computer desktops and smartphones, where their conversations and anxieties play out.

This show can be experienced in two ways:

• Online audiences can access the livestream at www.folda.ca
• In-person watch party in Kingston on Thursday June 9

Selfie combines elements of theatre, film, streaming, web cameras, and social media to portray the lives of teens today and how they communicate.

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.

Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (TYA) 2018
Winner, Tom Hendry Award for Theatre for Young Audiences 2018
Winner, The Sydney Risk Prize 2015
Nominated, Governor General’s Literary Award 2021

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

Credits

Christine Quintana – Playwright
Anthony Lee – Director
Andie Lloyd – Art Director
Alyssa Kostello – Producer
Jamie Sweeney – Production Manager
Claudia Chan – Stage Manager
Hans Hsieh – Assistant Stage Manager
Megan Lane – Production Designer
June Hsu – Sound Designer
Colin Willscroft – Assistant Sound Designer
Emily Fraser – Costume Designer
Flick Harrison – Live Cinema Advisor
Jacob Niedzwiecki – Interactive Media Mentor
Megan Gilron – Intimacy Coordinator

rice & beans theatre is a Vancouver-based theatre company founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. The company is dedicated to facilitating original, Canadian work that tells the story of where we came from and where we are going, by way of experimentation with languages and the theatrical form. rice & beans provides a platform for the creation, development and production of boundary-pushing theatre, as well as supports fellow artists by providing dramaturgy, direction, and mentorship. Besides Vancouver, rice & beans theatre has also produced original work for audiences in Toronto, Richmond, Nanaimo and Victoria. In 2018, rice & beans was nominated for a Dora Award for its production of Sik Zeon Tin Haa with Cahoots Theatre in Toronto. In 2019, its production of Chicken Girl was nominated for 3 Jessies in Vancouver. rice & beans values theatre that is accessible, honest, uncompromising and personal.

We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Acknowledgements

Produced with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts

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