“Erin Shields’ Soliciting Temptation is full of surprises. It unfolds in a series of narrative and character reversals. . . The season’s best new Canadian play.” —Robert Cushman, The National Post
“Shields is the real thing.” —Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator
“Bold, Momentous, Sublime: The best thing about playwright Erin Shields’ gripping psychological thrill ride is that you don’t have to be on either side of a debate to enjoy the structurally sound story vehicle. Fraught with the unpredictable, this is the kind of play that reminds you how filthy the brine is at the bottom of a blocked drain when the morally impermissible goes unchecked. [Soliciting Temptation] unites the heart and mind for a new understanding of human behaviour.” —Steven Berketo, TorontoStage.com
From the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author of If We Were Birds comes a fierce battle between integrity and desire.
In a sweaty hotel room, a lonely businessman and a young woman meet for sex. Somewhere between reality and fantasy, the sex becomes talk and the talk becomes dangerous. Nothing is off limits in this battle of morality, economics and desire. This witty, dark and sexually charged new play by Governor General’s Award-winner Erin Shields shines a light on the complexities of sex tourism and our preconceptions about love.
Erin Shields is a playwright and actor who trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, England. She is a founding member of Groundwater Productions through which she creates, develops, and produces much of her work. Her Governor General’s Literary Award winning play If We Were Birds was produced by Tarragon Theatre in 2010 and won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. It also eared the 2008 Summerworks Festival’s Outstanding Production Award and has been translated into German as part of The German Theatre Exchange. Her other plays include Montparnasse, winner of the Alberta Theatre Projects’ Enbridge playRites Award, the Dora-nominated The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski, and The Epic of Gilgamesh (Groundwater/Summerworks). Erin is currently developing plays for Tarragon, The Shaw Festival, Nightwood Theatre, Suitcase in Point, and Groundwater Productions. Her most recent play is The Millennial Malcontent.