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Drama Women Authors


by (author) Christine Quintana

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Women Authors, Canadian
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


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

Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican American father and a Dutch British Canadian mother, Christine is now a grateful visitor to the Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Playwriting highlights include Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon), winner of a Significant Artistic Achievement Award, and Selfie, winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (TYA), the Jessie Richardson Awards’s Sydney Risk Prize, and a Tom Hendry Award for TYA. 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.

Christine Quintana's profile page


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

Editorial 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

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