Asking For It, a play by Ellie Moon, is a daring documentary play that explores gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal. Presented by In Association with Crow’s Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and Necessary Angel, it offers a candid, often funny, and sometimes uncomfortable look at shame, power, ambiguity, and misunderstanding in communication about sex.
Asking For It features Ellie Moon, Jaa Smith-Johnson, Christine Horne, and Steven McCarthy, each playing various roles. Directed by Brendan Healy, the play—part of the Consent Event, a series and symposium navigating the minefield of modern sexuality—will be run from October 6 to 21 at Streetcar Crowsnest. Tickets can be purchased either through Nightwood Theatre or Crow’s Theatre.
Fun facts! The cast of Asking For It recommends a documentary you should watch.
Devil’s Bargain, 2008
Devil’s Bargain is a powerful documentary by Canadian filmmaker Shelley Saywell about the trade in small arms, “the real weapons of mass destruction.” The documentary follows the tortuous movement of small arms from manufacturers and legal markets into illegal markets, and finally into the hands of users and victims around the world. It is an insightful examination of the globalization of violence.
O.J.: Made in America, 2016
The centrepiece of the story is OJ Simpson’s murder trial. It explores the turbulent race relations in Los Angeles throughout the 20th century, and the impact that had on Simpson's life. We witness a man who was once revered as a great football star and role model fall from grace. The trial for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman revealed his complex standing in both black and white communities.
It’s a shocking and uncomfortable investigation into the secret world of tickling rings. I think I found it so engrossing because the kink itself is fairly benign but the industry and exploitation around it is really frightening and intense. I’m kinda square, so this was pretty far outside anything I could have imagined. It’s a really fascinating film.
The Act of Killing, 2012, and The Look of Silence, 2014
My favourite doc has got to be the one-two punch of The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, two films Joshua Oppenheimer made about the Indonesian genocide. They’re horrifying and theatrical, and most of all they expanded my perception of what human beings were capable of, both in terms of justifying their own actions and in how art can truly change the world. Indescribable.