A viral play by Jordan Tannahill

Sunny, aka rihannaboi95, made some videos and while yeah, they’re getting him lots of hits, some people at school found them too and now the eggshell world he so carefully treads is threatening to implode. Cloistered within the bedroom of his friend Keira, a Shopper’s makeup queen, Sunny records a video for his loyal viewers, invoking the spirit of his YouTube namesake when he needs her most.

rihannaboi95 will haunt you in a way no live performance ever could… It is hard to overstate the importance of Jordan Tannahill’s [play]… Urgent, relevant, and powerful.

Now MagazineGlenn Sumi

"...a new definition of the audience-performer relationship, one for the modern age. rihannaboi95 is a play deserving of a “high view count”."

Mooney on Theatre

"rihannaboi95 is the queer story you need to hear"

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Production Details

1 Male

Performed as a direct address monologue/YouTube confessional video

40 minutes

By Jordan Tannahill

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Production History

rihannaboi95 was originally commissioned by and first developed with the financial support of Project: Humanity.
rihannaboi95 was performed nightly April 23-28, 2013 in an inner suburban Toronto bedroom and live-streamed to audiences’ computers around the world.
Published in Age of Minority: 3 Solo Plays by Jordan Tannahill (Playwrights Canada Press, Nov 2013)
Winner of the 2013 Dora Award for ‘Best New Play’, Theatre for Young Audiences Division
Nominated for the 2013 Dora Awards for ‘Best Director’ (Zack Russell) and ‘Best Performance’, Theatre for Young Audiences Division
Age of Minority: 3 Solo Plays by Jordan Tannahill was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, 2014
rihannaboi95 was presented by Downstage Theatre (Calgary, AB), May 23 – Jun 2, 2015
rihannaboi95  is currently being presented by Young People’s Theatre (Toronto) – November 22 – December 18, 2021

Video: Young People’s Theatre, 2021

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