Transgender Individuals' Own Words Inspire New Play at A.R.T.

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The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, has announced that it will present a Nov. 23 reading of Trans Scripts, a groundbreaking new play about transgender identity, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney. The play, which will feature both trans and cisgender actors, follows the lives of six trans women.

The reading of Trans Scripts will be staged at A.R.T.'s Oberon Theatre and will be followed by a human rights panel discussion led by Timothy Patrick McCarthy, award-winning Harvard faculty member and director of the Carr Center’s Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program.

A.R.T describes the new project, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe earlier this year, as a verbatim play. "Their true stories, told in their own words, are honest, funny, moving, insightful, and inspiring. But most of all, they are human, shedding light not on our differences, but on what all people share, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical sex," state press notes.

The cast features Calpernia Addams, Jay Knowles, Bianca Leigh, Jodie Lynne McClintock, Rebecca Root and Carolyn M. Smith.

"In the past several years, transgender visibility around the world has exploded," continue A.R.T press notes. "Actresses like Laverne Cox ('Orange Is The New Black'), celebrities like Chaz Bono, directors like Lana Wachowski ('The Matrix'), and sports figures like Caitlyn Jenner are entering the public consciousness, appearing in film, on television, and even mainstream comic books. But what does the average person actually know about the true, lived experience of transgender women? Not the life of someone in the public eye, but the day-to-day reality of being trans in Western culture."

Tickets to the reading are free and can be reserved online at

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