(photo by Drasko Bogdanovic)72 Speak
by Sheila L. Cavanagh
Sheila L. Cavanagh is an Associate Professor in Sociology & Sexuality Studies Coordinator at York University. Her research is in the area of gender and sexuality with a concentration on queer, cultural, and psychoanalytic theories. Cavanagh recently co-edited a collection titled Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (2013), published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her first sole-authored book titled Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies (UBC, 2007) was given honourable mention by the Canadian Women's Studies Association. Her second sole-authored book titled Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality, and the Hygienic Imagination (UTP, 2010) is a GLBT Indie Book Award finalist and recipient of the CWSA/ACEF Outstanding Scholarship Prize Honourable Mention (2012). Her performed ethnography titled Queer Bathroom Stories premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival (2011) and was given the Audience Pick Award. The play will be professionally produced at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as a WorldPride Toronto affiliate event.
My actors sought to perform these gestures and to tell interviewee stories.
In 2012, I received a generous grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to stage the show as a professional production in partnership with Egale: Canada Human Rights Trust; SOY (Supporting Our Youth); PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network); YouthLink; and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. My collaborator, Judith Rudakoff (who worked with Nina Arsenault on The Silicone Diaries) dramaturged the script. QBS has become a more streamlined, visceral and theatrically compelling work. I am proud to present the World-Premiere, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, with the same director and cast who committed their time, artistic vision, and creative capacities to the Fringe production. The production team has grown to include a range of talented artists who share the vision and spirit of the show. Cory Sincennes, resident designer with Surreal Soreal Theatre/Edmonton and award winning international designer, is the production designer. Verne Good, who has worked on a range of productions including the Normal Heart (Studio 180), is the sound designer. Charissa Wilcox, the Head of production at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, is our project manager. Finally, Tamara Vuckovic, our stage manager, has managed many successful productions across Canada.
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