Celebrating 15 years

NSFW

NSFW

by Lucy Kirkwood

November 7 – 30, 2014
The Theatre Centre

1115 Queen Street West, Toronto
North American Premiere

NOT SAFE FOR WORK


Lucy Kirkwood’s razor sharp comedy pulls back the curtain on digital media and magazine culture, where jobs are scarce, beauty standards are punishing and personal integrity is a luxury that few can afford.

Doghouse – a tawdry men’s magazine – traffics in titillation, while Electra – an elegant women’s publication – caters to the notion of empowerment. But their contrasting visions of ideal femininity might just have an equally savage effect. Who will hold on to their values? Who will sell out to the highest bidder? And just how old is that girl in the photo?

NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2012.

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Ian D. Clark, Susan Coyne, Patrick Galligan, James Graham, Jessica Greenberg, Aaron Stern
SET & COSTUME DESIGN Denyse Karn
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
SOUND DESIGN Verne Good
HEAD OF PROPERTIES Vanessa Janiszewski
STAGE MANAGER Andrea Schurman
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Laura Baxter


Feminist Art Conference

Lobby Exhibit

We were proud to host Repossessing Beauty – with its ruminations on language, imaging and the politicized body – curated by the Feminist Art Conference, and including photography by artists Teresa Ascencao, Rose-Ann Marie Bailey and Joan Lillian Wilson.


Panel Discussion

Writing from Within
NOVEMBER 18, 2014
co-presented by Shameless magazine
This panel discussion included some of Toronto’s most dynamic journalistic voices in a conversation about navigating media landscapes, preserving integrity and doing what you love for people you hate. Moderated by Ryerson School of Journalism Associate Chair, Janice Neil. Read more…


Season Sponsor 2014/15


BMO Financial Group

Reviews from Studio 180’s production of NSFW

“Strip[s] down concepts that are definitely not safe for work… Its wit is devastating.”
NATIONAL POST

“Sharp, FUNNY. An EDGY little satire about the continuing exploitation of women by and in the media, and the hypocrisy of those involved. Recommended.”
★★★.5 (out of four) TORONTO STAR

“Personally AFFECTING… NSFW bites into a culture that traumatizes women about their bodies. I’m glad it exists, but I can’t help but wish that it wasn’t quite so true.”
MOONEY ON THEATRE

“A very funny play that leaves you feeling very sad.”
TORONTOIST

“Wickedly funny… A SHARP, WITTY EXPOSÉ of the kind of amoral behaviour that some people even praise as necessary in [the] dog-eat-dog business environment… Shows fierce intelligence combined with devastating humour.”
★★★★ STAGE DOOR


Reviews from the Royal Court production of NSFW

“A cracking piece, sharp, funny, and timely. Richly absorbing and inventive.”
★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

“A black satire about power and privacy in the cut-throat era of Photoshop, internet exhibitionism and high graduate unemployment.”
★★★★ INDEPENDENT

“A savvy and deeply uncomfortable look at the world of modern media. It’s a timely, provocative response to the way women are presented in magazines – studded with moments of outrageous humour.”
★★★★ EVENING STANDARD

“Kirkwood hits several nails squarely on the head… the hypocrisy of the male mags that pretend they’re providing a public service, the snarkiness of tone that pervades even upmarket journalism and, above all, the economic desperation that drives intelligent people to sacrifice their principles.”
THE GUARDIAN

“Kirkwood retain[s] a note of empathy for even her worst characters. [They] may be awful, but we can see how the world made them this way – they aren’t responsible for society’s perception of women, they reflect it… Extremely funny. ”
★★★★ TIME OUT

“Challenging, thought-provoking, entertaining and very clever!!”
JILL M.

“I found the play very thought-provoking – the nature of power depending on who is in charge – the perversion of power.”
JUDITH B.

“Excellent writing!! Gripping, interesting, funny, enjoyable!!”
JOSEPHINE M.

“Always thought-provoking. Issues of female representation is something that has always been of great interest and seeing the works of a young female playwright on this issue was fantastic.”
DEBORAH B.

“Terrific play, wonderful actors.”
JOHN W.