The Frank Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre, in association with Firehall Arts Centre, co-present the Canadian premiere of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women from March 12–21, 2020, at Firehall Arts Centre. The brave and insightful work, sharing real-life stories of transgender women in their own words, is a meditation on the authentic experiences that make every individual unique, while underscoring the shared human spirit that connects us all. Performed by seven local transgender women, the play seamlessly weaves an inspirational tale of honesty, vulnerability, and vibrancy on the path to finding one’s true self.
Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women centres on seven diverse stories — a down-to-earth woman looking to blend in, a glamorous beauty queen, a former small-town mechanic, a formidable ex-dominatrix, a runaway turned activist, a hardened survivor of paternal abuse, and a sexagenarian doctor — as they navigate the intricate complexities and liberating joys of their transgender identities. This work of documentary theatre is “full of warmth and vulnerability” (The Herald) and grounds itself in moments of levity, anguish, strength, and resilience. The play unfolds from tales of early childhood insecurities to adulthood ruminations on sex, surgery, and suicide.
Written by American playwright Paul Lucas, the verbatim piece is compiled from interviews with more than 70 transgender women in six different countries. Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and went on to win the festival’s prestigious Fringe First award and a High Commendation from Amnesty International for Freedom of Expression. The play premiered in the US in 2017 to wide acclaim at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater. It has since been presented throughout North America as staged readings during Transgender Awareness Week, including Zee Zee Theatre and The Frank Theatre’s presentation in November 2018, benefitting Qmunity, BC’s Queer Resource Centre.
The Frank Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre present Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women
Dates: March 12–21, 2020
March 12 (Preview), 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm
March 13 (Opening), 14, 20, 21 at 8pm
March 15 at 3pm
Ticket Prices: Child 12 and Under: $14
Under 30/Artist: $20
Regular Admission: $33
Venue:Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
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