Transgender Women Take The Stage—And The Spotlight—With U.S. Premiere Of “Trans Scripts”

The critically acclaimed play is based on more than 200 hours of interviews with trans men and women from around the world.

Although media representation may suggest otherwise, trans people have more than one sad story to tell.

Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women, a theater piece that earned accolades at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is making its U.S. premiere at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

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Written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney, Trans Scripts draws from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, using these women’s actual words to illuminate the diversity of the transgender experience.

The cast of seven includes comedian Rebecca Root, who became the first trans actress to lead a British sitcom with Boy Meets Girl, and Bianca Leigh (Transamerica, Hurricane Bianca), who has been with the show since its earliest stages.

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Leigh describes the characters in Trans Scripts as “brilliant trans women who share, learn, disagree, and find precious commonality.”

“Assumptions are challenged—sometimes sharply—and shaped by others,” she adds. “These characters grow. Their minds open. Hopefully yours will, too.”


Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women runs through February 5 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

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