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Nina Arsenault

The Silicone Diaries ()

Produced by

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Playwright: Nina Arsenault
Director: Brendan Healy


The Alexander Street Cabaret Space


November 14th, 2009 – November 21st, 2009


In her solo show, The Silicone Diaries, the transsexual Arsenault shares the story of her epic, often dangerous pursuit of beauty. She talks about how, when she was a five-year-old boy named Rodney, growing up in a trailer park in Beamsville, Ontario, she went to Zellers with her mom and encountered the most beautiful woman she had ever seen: a mannequin. As an adult, Arsenault transformed herself into a woman whose appearance is every bit as stylized as a mannequin’s—although, unlike a mannequin, Arsenault is voluptuous, a 36D-26-40 bombshell. In The Silicone Diaries, Arsenault’s goal is not to pass as a cisgender—female-born—woman, but to sculpt herself, with her Mexican surgeon’s help, into a state of idealized femininity, to carve her will into her flesh. (, 2012).


Nina Arsenault Performer

Creative Team

Nina Arsenault Playwright
Brendan Healy Director
Judith Rudakoff Dramaturge
Trevor Schwellnus Set Designer
Trevor Schwellnus Lighting Designer
Nicholas A. Greenland Video Designer
Richard Feren Composer
Richard Feren Sound Designer


Laura Baxter Stage Manager
Katherine Smith Head Carpenter
Tony Fong Programme Cover Photography
Jonathan Kitchen Graphic Designer
David Hawe Production Photography


Charissa Wilcox Head of Production
Adrien Whan Technical Director
Katherine Smith Technician