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The Silicone Diaries

The Silicone Diaries ()

Produced by

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Playwright: Nina Arsenault
Director: Brendan Healy


The Alexander Street Chamber Theatre


November 25th, 2010 – December 11th, 2010


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 Production Designer
Michelle Ramsay Associate Lighting Designer
Michael Laird Associate Sound Designer
R.Kelly Clipperton Video Designer


Sandy Plunkett Stage Manager
Laura Baxter Crew
Verne Good Crew
Shanna Miller Crew
Andrya Duff Crew
Michelle Ramsay Crew
Mariko Tamaki Crew
Katherine Smith Crew
Jazz Kamal Crew
Adrien Whan Crew
Charissa Wilcox Crew
Tanja-Tiziana Cover Photography
David Hawe Production Photography
Jonathan Kitchen Graphic Designer


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