Trans Scripts Part I: The Women
Vermont Pride Festival at Chandler presents Paul Lucas’ groundbreaking play Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women in a staged reading, to benefit GLAD’s transgender-rights project across New England. Included in the ensemble will be original cast member Bianca Leigh, reprising her role as Tatiana. The one-act production will be followed by a talkback including Mr. Lucas and the actors, and then a reception to meet and greet the playwright and the actors.
The play was given its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland) in August 2015. That production featured the real stories of six transgender women in a ballet of colors and emotions. Each story deftly intertwined with the others, the actors baring their souls to present the experiences of the interviewees, as told in the interviewees’ own words. Of a subsequent Boston production, The Boston Herald wrote that this ground-breaking play presents “… a set of deep-rooted stories full of warmth and vulnerability that speaks to anyone en route to discovering their own identity.”
For Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women Mr. Lucas conducted nearly four years of research, interviewing over 75 people of transgender experience. About the text to be featured at Chandler, he wrote: “Each of the [now] seven characters’ parts – with the exceptions of three or four monologues – is directly drawn from a single trans woman’s story and experience. However, choices about which stories to include were often influenced by patterns that surfaced persistently. If several interview subjects related a certain experience, I made an effort to include that experience in the text.” Mr. Lucas has now embarked on a similar multi-year interview project with trans men.
Group rates are available by calling the Chandler box office, noon – 4 PM on weekdays.
Sponsors of Chandler’s January 27th production of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women are the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont, the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ, and the Vermont Law School.