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Meet The NSFW Company: Susan Coyne

Next up in our Meet The Company profiles is actor and writer Susan Coyne, our Miranda and one of the brilliant minds behind the beloved, theatre-centric television series Slings and Arrows. Here Susan lets us in on her character in NSFW and how, after co-creating a Canadian classic, she’s about to put her own spin on a national literary treasure.

Susan Coyne (centre) as Miranda, the editor of Electra magazine

Susan Coyne (centre) as Miranda, the editor of Electra magazine

Studio 180: What have you been up to lately?

Susan Coyne: In my other life, I’m a screenwriter. Recently, I co-wrote a CBC miniseries, based on a book by Terry Fallis called The Best Laid Plans.  Not long ago, I took a two week canoe trip to the Northwest Territories to paddle a remote mountain river called The Keele.

180: Is this your first Studio 180 show?

SC: Yes, this is my first show with Studio 180. I enjoy that they commit themselves to dealing with social and political issues in both a thoughtful and entertaining way.

180: Tell us about your role in NSFW.

SC: I play Miranda, the editor of a woman’s magazine.  She’s kind of a monster.

180: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your role in NSFW?

SC: Miranda, uses language in a particular way. Let’s just say  that words don’t mean the same thing to her as they do to other people. It’s funny but also slightly disturbing to be in her head.

180: Why do you think audiences should check out NSFW?

SC: Genuine satire is rare and hard to pull off. I think Lucy Kirkwood’s play does it brilliantly. It is very funny, very bleak, very provocative. And no-one is spared.

180: What’s coming up for you?

I’m developing another series with CBC with my friend Mark McKinney. And I’ve written a new adaptation for television of the Canadian children’s classic Anne of Green Gables which will start filming next year.

And dreaming of another canoe trip….

The Keele river

The Keele river

Don’t let Susan fool you. While one can make a strong case for Miranda being a monster, beneath the monstrous facade we glimpse a character that is flawed, conflicted and very, very human. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself.

NSFW runs until November 30 at The Theatre Centre.

 

  • A co-founder of Studio 180, Mark is a Toronto-based actor, writer and producer. As a member of our Core Artistic Team, Mark coordinates the company’s new play development initiatives and is one of our Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop leaders. More posts by Mark McGrinder

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