„We shouldn’ t blame the victim“

Autorin Christine Quintana zu ihrem Stück „SELFIE“

Christine Quintana studierte Schauspiel an der University of British Columbia und ist Mitglied der Canadian Latinx Artist Coalition. Sie ist Autorin, Schauspielerin, und künstlerische Ko-Leiterin des Delinquent Theatre in Vancouver, Kanada. 2017 erhielt sie den Siminovitch Protege Preis. Mit „SELFIE“ gewann sie den Dora Mavor Moore Award für Jugendtheater und den Sydney Risk Preis für neue Dramatik. 2018 war Quintana Hausautorin am Tarragon Theatre, Toronto. „SELFIE“ ist ein Auftragswerk des Young People’s Theatre (YPT) und wurde 2018 am YPT in Toronto, Kanada, in englischer Sprache  uraufgeführt. 

Christine Quintana im Gespräch mit dem Young People’s Theatre (YPT), Toronto, über ihr Stück „SELFIE“:

Transkript des Interviews zum Nachlesen:

“… Consent is the thing that is invisible in „SELFIE“. It doesn’t get talked about, it doesn’t get asked for. It’s not just in terms of consent in sexual relationships, but there are issues with consent in terms of pressuring other people to do things, of releasing information and photos of someone else without their permission, so consent isn’t just about … you know … what happens in sexual relationships, but it’s so much more than that and everytime consent isn’t acquired in this play, something happens that can’t be taken back. 

I wanted to challenge myself and challenge audiences and educators to say well, how could this happen and how does it happen in my school and in my community. We actually did a workshop in a high school, it was an all-girls private school. After we showed them a reading of the play we asked them: »Who do you think is responsible for what happend?« And they started saying things like: »Oh well it’s … you know … ehm …like her friends fault for telling her to drink,« and »It’s her fault because she’s supposed to be smart and a good student and she should know if she goes to a party something like this gonna happen.« And we were like: »Oh my god, these
are young people who are out engaging in the world and these are the attitudes that they have.« And then eventually one girl said: »Well, maybe we shouldn’ t blame the victim.« And they all started going: »Oh, that’s right, like it’s not her fault, it can’t be her fault.« And so even within that moment the conversation shifted. So hopefully when young people see it on stage and see it with characters that are hopefully relatable and that they like, that it’s not as simple as like … well, this is a monstrous thing that monstrous people do and it’s … it’s more nuanced, it’s more complex and that we’re all actually responsible and making sure things like this don’t happen. 

I hope that audiences leave the play with maybe a different lens on their relationships, how they behave in relationships, how they’ve been treated in them and also are willing to take a look at their own actions and say, well when do I ask for consent in my relationships? Do I know how? And where can I find the resources to make sure that I do?”