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Selfie
By (author): Christine Quintana
Christine Quintana

Imprint:

Playwrights Canada Press

ISBN:

9780369101259

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

Young Adult : Age (years) 14 - 18
Nov 23, 2020
$17.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.4in x 5.32 x 0.25 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

104 pages

Duration:

75 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Women Authors
 
Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (TYA) 2018, Winner Governor General's Literary Award 2021, Nominated The Sydney Risk Prize 2015, Winner Tom Hendry Award for Theatre for Young Audiences 2018, Winner
  • Short Description
When a budding romance at a high school party ends after a sexual assault, three teens must grapple with what happened and what comes next.

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.

  • Selfie won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play in the Theatre for Young Audiences division, a Jessie Richardson Award for the Sydney Risk Prize, and a Tom Hendry Award for Theatre for Young Audiences.
  • Selfie addresses the common response to assault of “that would never happen in my community.”

Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican American father and a Dutch British Canadian mother, Christine Quintana is now a grateful visitor on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Other playwriting highlights include Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon), winner of a Significant Artistic Achievement Award. Christine is a Siminovitch Prize Protégé winner for playwriting and is currently playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. She is a proud founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition and holds a BFA in Acting from UBC.

“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

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