The History of Sexuality

Cinquième Salle From August 9 To 12, 2018

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*** Play presented in English***

An intimate and radically honest examination of sex and power from a queer perspective.

Sexuality is always wrapped up in structures and systems of power. The History of Sexuality, written by Dane Stewart, is an original two-act play exploring queer identities and queer communities in Montreal. The play is based off a series of interviews organized with queer Montrealers and uses verbatim theatre storytelling techniques.

Five students take a graduate seminar studying the work of revolutionary philosopher Michel Foucault. As they argue over issues of sexuality, gender, oppression and free will, these theories begin to rupture and spill out into their own lives. The characters expose the complexities of sexuality as it collides with kink, BDSM, disability, gender, race, and sex work.

Alissa and Madeleine have their relationship tested under the weight of anxiety and depression. Talia and Darr live the positives and negatives of sex work as their experiences build self-confidence and breed violence. The polyamorous Dom/sub partnership between Craig and Martin exposes the challenges of BDSM power-relationships. And, tying everything together is Professor Marie Dupont, whose omnipotent lectures on truth and power begin to rupture the lives of her students.


  • Venue : Cinquième Salle
  • Producer / Presenter : Talking Dog Production
  • With the collaboration of : Pride Montreal
  • Seating : General admission
  • Note : : The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
  • Cast : Trevor Barrette, Kayleigh Choiniere, Renée Hodgins, David Hudon, Jazmin Illidge, Katharine King, Darragh Mondoux, Oliver Price, Melissa Toussaint
  • Playwright/Director/Producer : Dane Stewart
  • Content advisory : This play includes verbal descriptions of sexual assault. It also includes onstage representations of violent sexual acts within a consensual BDSM framework. Please do what is necessary to take care of yourself. Rated 18+
  • Duration (subject to change without notice) : 2:30h with a 20 minutes intermission


"The History of Sexuality is a story anthology carrying the voices of a few real, queer lives, reverberating off the walls and hitting us so we understand.”

CKUT Radio

“Derrière le plaisir ludique de l’exercice, porté par de talentueux interprètes, se cache une réalité plus sensible et troublante."

Journal Métro
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