Here’s Storefront Theatre’s response to sexism, racism, homophobia and more: the Feminist F–k It Fest

New theatre festival takes on reproductive health, sexual harassment and assault, sexist and racist stereotypes and more April 11 to 22.

Sedina Fiati, right, and Claire Burns are the founders of the Feminist F--k It Fest. (VINCE TALOTTA / TORONTO STAR)

The new faces behind the Storefront Theatre do not have time to mince words.

The indie company, coming off a tumultuous year that saw it lose its venue on Bloor St. W. in January 2017 and scramble to find homes for its productions, has a new management team and a new event coming this month: the Feminist F–k It Fest.

“I don’t know if we thought that the name would stick, but it did. Actually that was the perfect name. After what happened in 2017, we want to say ‘F–k it,’” says Sedina Fiati, managing director of the Storefront. “I think we, as women and non-binary people, are finding our voices. And you know what? F–k it.”

Fiati is, of course, referring not only to Storefront Theatre’s rocky year. The expletive is directed toward all examples of systemic sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia and more that have driven social movements over the past year and a half — now that the arts community in Canada is reckoning with its own power abuses and imbalances.