The Silicone Diaries
By Nina Arsenault
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
“Beyond acceptable, beyond reasonable, Nina validates and celebrates choices that are mythic in proportion, and human in depth of feeling.” - Judith Rudakoff, Dramaturg
“Nothing last season was as totally memorable as Nina Arsenault’s self-revelatory portrait of a man who underwent countless surgeries to become the “perfect woman.” She’s back again and if you miss it this time, then you’re just being stupid.” - Toronto Star
**** (out of four) “profoundly moving” - Toronto Star
The Silicone Diaries is Nina Arsenault's tour de force account of her transition from an awkward man into a jaw dropping silicone bombshell, a process that spanned eight years, sixty surgical procedures and a lifetime of preparation. Blurring the lines between fake and real and playing with the tension between society’s presumed desire for authenticity and its demonstrated preference for the artificial, The Silicone Diaries provides us with a peek into the personal obsessions of those who are driven to transform their bodies. At the same time, it is a frank exploration of the contradictions associated with the quest for beauty.
WARNING: Haze, mature subject matter, graphic images.
Created and performed by Nina Arsenault; Directed by Brendan Healy; Dramaturgy by Judith Rudakoff; Production Design by Trevor Schwellnus; Sound Design by Richard Feren; Video Design by R. Kelly Clipperton