Six Plays & Musicals for Trans Awareness
From Laverne Cox to Against Me!, entertainment has seen a rise in visibility for the trans community. But there is still a lot of work to be done. November is Trans Awareness Month which culminates in the Trans Day of Remembrance to memorialize the victims of transphobic violence on November 20.
In preparation, we are sharing plays that feature the stories of trans men and women, from the comic to the dramatic, perfect for one-night only – or longer – performances all month long. Get your theatre to be a part of the movement by commemorating the struggles of the trans community and celebrating their lives!
1. Log Cabin
Author: Jordan Harrison
The Play: When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Log Cabin is a pointed comedy that charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.
Cast: 3m, 3f
Author: Sarah Treem
The Play: In the bathroom Gretchen Black, the most popular girl in school, lights a cigarette and asks the mirror on the wall who's the fairest of them all. The mirror shows her a horrible witch instead of her own reflection. Moments later, a mysterious new transgender girl named Rose White arrives at Homecoming. She has no hips or chest to speak of, but her skin shines white as snow and her lips are as red as the rose, and she's after Gretchen's boyfriend, Badger Biers. In this dark comedy, Mirror, Mirror shows us how ten teenagers love, lose, betray and revenge each other over one autumnal weekend in a kingdom far, far away.
Cast: 6m, 5f
Author: Miranda Rose Hall
The Play: Theo and Cecily want to be honest about their sexual histories, but what happens when telling the truth jeopardizes everything? A contemporary queer love story, Plot Points in Our Sexual Development explores gender, intimacy, and the dangers of revealing yourself to the person you love.
Cast: 1f, 1m or f
Author: Julianna Wick Davis, Dan Collins
The Musical: Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Southern Comfort follows the last year of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia as he is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He surrounds himself with his chosen family, who are predominantly transgender, as they share monthly potluck meals. Like any family, they have their own trials and tribulations, but ultimately they all seek acceptance for who they are in their own skin.
Cast: 6m, 5f
Author: Paul Lucas
The Play: Based on over seventy interviews conducted around the world by Paul Lucas, Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women is a compelling exploration of the lives of trans women, as told in their own words. These unique and compelling stories are honest, funny, moving, insightful, and inspiring, but most of all, they are human, shedding light not on our differences but on what we all, as humans, share.
Author: A. Rey Pamatmat
Synopsis: Thunder Above, Deeps Below follows three homeless friends — a Filipina-American with a hidden past, a Filipina “transsexual,” and a Puerto Rican hustler — struggle on the Chicago streets to scrounge up enough cash to bus it to San Francisco before the winter hits. But when a bearded man on a quest, a mystery man in sunglasses, a wealthy john, and a doughnut shop's spell-casting assistant manager put their hopes and friendships to the test, the trio find they must spare some change of a far queerer kind.
Cast: 4m, 2f
To purchase your copy of Log Cabin, click here. For performance rights, click here.
To purchase your copy of Mirror, Mirror, click here. For performance rights, click here.
To purchase your copy of Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, click here. For performance rights, click here.
To purchase your copy of Southern Comfort, click here. For performance rights, click here.
To purchase your copy of Trans Scripts Part I: The Women, click here. For performance rights, click here.
To purchase your copy of Thunder Above, Deeps Below, click here. For performance rights, click here.
(photo: Carol Rosegg)