QUEER BATHROOM STORIES
In Libido Productions' QUEER BATHROOM STORIES (QBS) three actors play 72 characters who are composites culled from one hundred interviews with LGBTQ North Americans. Written by York University professor, author and playwright Sheila Cavanagh, QBS is based on interviews published in her award-winning book, “Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination” (2010).
QBS is much more than the secret sex life of the bathroom, it is a brutally honest display of gender politics in public washrooms. With a refined sense of toilet humour, QBS playwright Sheila Cavanagh, Associate Professor of Sociology and the Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator at York University, asserts that while toilets are not typically considered within traditional scholarly bounds, they form a crucial part of our modern understanding of sex and gender. “Bathrooms have always been places where we segregate folks on the basis of gender, sexuality, class, disability and race,” said Cavanagh.
MADDY: I’m always told I’m in the wrong bathroom.
MARTHA: I wish women had a cruising culture in the loo!
RASHIDA: Did she know I was jerking off in the next stall?
KRIS: There is no right toilet for me.
QBS is directed by Megan Watson (Derailed/Summerworks) with scenographic design by Cory Sincennes (designer-in-residence with Surreal Soreal Theatre/Edmonton), and stars Hallie Burt (writer/actor elizabeth – darcy: an adaptation of pride and prejudice/Toronto Fringe), Tyson James (Arigato, Tokyo/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Chy Ryan Spain (Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical/EcceHomo).
Running May 31-June 15, 2014
Previews May 31 & June 1
Opening Night: June 3 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm • Sunday @ 2:30pm
Tickets range from $20-$25 (Special rates for student groups)
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Buddies Box Office, by calling
416.975.8555 or online at
For more info visit www.yorku.ca/sheila
QUEER BATHROOM STORIES acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York university
• All ages welcome
• Alcohol Service (19 years of age and over)
• Ticketed event
• Accessible space