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Drama Women Authors


by (author) Christine Quintana

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Women Authors, Canadian
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
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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.

About the author

Christine Quintana is a theatre artist living and working on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Creation highlights include Clean/Espejos (Neworld Theatre and South Coast Repertory), Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon), Selfie (commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième in French, and Young People’s Theatre in English), Good Things To Do (rEvolver Festival and FoldA), and upcoming commissions from the Arts Club Theatre Company and Belfry Theatre. She’s the winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Jessie Richardson Award, Tom Hendry Award, and the Siminovitch Protégé Prize, and is a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee. Christine is a proud co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia.

Christine Quintana's profile page


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

Editorial Reviews

“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

“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

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