Despite increasing community demand for complex trans characters to be represented on main stages, there’s still substantial work to be done before the theatre is truly inclusive.
Join the movement and get educated by reading and producing these deep, nuanced stories that center trans individuals.
All Mod Cons (UK)
Author: Erica Murray
The Play: When their mother dies, Jean and Gary are suddenly back together. On the surface, things look different but it’s funny how little has changed. When old friend and useless estate agent Ian offers to help them find a place together, long-buried tensions threaten to derail their already strained relationship. Can they ever escape their pasts? A compelling new comedy-drama exploring our capacity to accept change in others as well as ourselves.
Cast: 2f, 2m
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
Mirror, Mirror (US)
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 All Mod Cons, click here. (UK)
To purchase your copy of Log Cabin, click here. (US/UK)
To purchase your copy of Mirror, Mirror, click here. (US/UK)
To purchase your copy of Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, click here. (US/UK)
To purchase your copy of Southern Comfort, click here. (US/UK)
To purchase your copy of Trans Scripts Part I: The Women, click here. (US/UK)
To purchase your copy of Thunder Above, Deeps Below, click here. (US/UK)
Header Image: 2018 Lincoln Center Theater Production of Plot Points In Our Sexual Development (Jeremy Daniel)