A Public Display Of Affection

21 22 Season

By Jonathan Wilson
Directed by Moze Mossanen

June 3–5, 2022

June 3-4 at 7:30 PM, June 5 at 2:30 PM

In Person at The Paradise Cinema
And Streaming Online

Studio 180 Theatre presents a filmed adaptation of Jonathan Wilson’s A Public Display of Affection, directed by Moze Mossanen.

Mixing comedy, history and poignant reflection in equal measure, Wilson’s deeply personal solo show excavates the lives, loves and landmarks of his youth. A bracing companion piece to My Own Private Oshawa, A Public Display of Affection looks back on Wilson’s time as a teen drop-out in Toronto in the late 70s and early 80s and the challenges faced (as well as the community formed) in the face of persecution, ostracization and the onset of the AIDS pandemic. Join Jonathan Wilson on an intimate exploration of the Village he knew, the legacy it left and the future being forged by a new generation.

“A Public Display of Affection” was created with the generous support of the
Canada Council for the Arts

There will be a talkback with the artists following every performance.
Friday June 3rd – A conversation with Playwright/Performer Jonathan Wilson and Director Moze Mossanen
Saturday June 4th – A conversation with Playwright/Performer Jonathan Wilson and Dramaturge Mark McGrinder
Sunday June 5th – A conversation with Playwright/Performer Jonathan Wilson, Dramaturge Mark McGrinder, and Patrick Salvani from Supporting Our Youth

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Film Production By

Writer & Performer Jonathan Wilson
Director and Dramaturg Moze Mossanen
Dramaturg Mark McGrinder and Chris Earle

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A Public Display of Affection


Jonathan Wilson

Writer & Performer

For Studio 180: My Night With Reg; The Normal Heart; Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.  Past theatre work includes the Canadian premiere of The Lion King (Dora Award – The Princess of Wales Theatre) and performances in his own play My Own Private Oshawa (Governor General’s Award nominee, Dora/Chalmers Nomination – Tarragon Theatre, New Yorker Theatre). Jonathan was also a writer and performer with The Second City for six shows (Dora Nomination). Other theatre credits include The Drowsy ChaperoneMoonlight and Magnolias (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Clockmaker (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Possible WorldsThe Duchess (Theatre Passe Muraille); Not To Be RepeatedMedici Slot Machine (Tarragon Extra Space); Cinderella (The Elgin Theatre); This Could Be Love (The Poor Alex); and Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Jonathan was also writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where he wrote the play Kilt (Dora/New York Drama Desk nominations), which has had over 20 productions around the world. TV and film credits include Not To Be Repeated (CTV/The Comedy Network), My Own Private Oshawa (Gemini Nomination – CTV), Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (Pax Network/CTV), Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV), This Is Wonderland (CBC), Life With Derek (Family) and Monk (USA Network), as well as hundreds of voices for animated series including SkatoonyIggy Arbuckle (Gemini Nomination), Pearlie and Little Bear.

Moze Mossanen

Moze Mossanen

Director and Dramaturg

Moze Mossanen is a director, writer and producer who has created a body of popular and critically acclaimed work that has included a unique blend of drama, documentary, music and performance. These films include Dance for Modern Times (winner of the Chris Award, Columbus Int’l Film Festival); Year of the Lion (winner of three Gemini Awards and the Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film Festival); Roxana (winner of two Golden Sheaf awards, the CSC Award for Cinematography and two Gemini Awards); and Nureyev (winner of the Golden Sheaf Award and two Gemini awards, including one for Best Direction for Moze). His 2013 doc, Unsung, a documentary about the world of show choirs, won the Canadian Screen Award in 2015. His most recent feature doc, You Are Here, about the actual people who inspired the current worldwide hit, Come From Away, was released on HBO Canada in September 2018.  The film won the Audience Award at CineFest in October 2018 and two CSA Awards including Best Documentary in March 2019. The film was also released in over 800 theatres across the United States in September 2019.

Mark McGrinder

Mark McGrinder


For Studio 180: The Laramie Project, Stuff Happens, Our Class, Parade, Clybourne Park, You Will Remember Me and, most recently, The Nether. Mark is a member of Studio 180’s Core Artistic Team and co-ordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program. He also adapted and directed Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for the company and has assistant directed productions of Blackbird, God of Carnage and The Laramie Project 10th Anniversary reading. Mark was a member of the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble for 5 seasons and performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National Touring Company. Film and television credits include; Spotlight, Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.

Chris Earle


Production Team

Picture and Sound Editor – Marco Panduro Cervantes
Line Producer – Jason Hunter
Director of Photography – Kevin Santos
Camera Operator – Matthew Collu
Sound Recordist – Emerson Chan
Project Coordinator – Kristin Bourne
Animation & VFX Director – Franco Barroeta
Live Action Animation Producer – Mariana Osuna
Project Manager – Natalia Jimenez
Animator & VFX Designer – Eduardo Sandoval
On-Set Production Coordinator – Andrea Pavez
Videographer – Darcy Tithecotte