About: Transgender Awareness Week is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face. Between November 13 – 17, individuals and organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces.
Trans Scripts Part 1: The Women
By Paul Lucas
Directed by Cameron Mackenzie & Fay Nass
Presented with The Frank Theatre & Qmunity
Part of Trans Awareness Week
November 17, Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street
Synopsis: Trans Scripts centres on the lives of seven transgender women. 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.
Casting Note: We are looking for 7 self-identified trans women who are interested to join us for the stage reading. Acting training is an asset but we welcome women who are interested and feel comfortable to read in front of public to apply. We welcome all women regardless of their ethnic, racial and cultural background to apply.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Eden: White Intersex Female, 41, British. Assigned male at birth, her history was concealed from her by her parents. Intelligent, emotional, mercurial, angry, funny, substance abuser and lesbian. She is extremely androgynous.
Josephine: White Australian Trans Female, 50s, lived as a hyper-masculine man for 50 years. Intelligent, emotionally fragile, self-effacing, nervous, depressed, warm. Her dream is to become a “normal girl” and disappear into society. Her physicality and her speech belie her past. Still in active transition, her gender presentation is not polished.
Luna: African American/Latina Trans Female, 28. Orphaned at 9, she was raised in group homes. She was unsupervised as a teen and transitioned early. The spiritual daughter of trans activist Sylvia Rivera. Warm, funny and a survivor, she is an expert “code-switcher,” using an extensive vocabulary one minute and acting “street” the next. She is very comfortable with her sexuality.
Sandra: White Trans Female, 65. A former garage mechanic with the soul of a poet, she underwent an expensive, well- supervised transition at 40. Her soothing artificial dialect lays like a beautiful shawl over the tent poles of a Staten Island accent. Compassionate, forgiving, and analytical, she likes to be clear, often leading to parenthetical statements. Her presentation is extremely polished.
Tatiana: White Trans Female, 45, transitioned in her 20s. A performer, she is naturally charming. She is simultaneously arch and endearing, like Julie Newmar as Catwoman. Funny, smart, ribald, and frank, she is skeptical of the political stance of younger trans women. She uses her wit to diffuse conflict, but it is always clear what she really thinks.
Dr. Violet: White trans female, 70s, transitioned at 68. A successful gynecologist working with cis and transgender patients, she was raised in the UK and has lived in Australia for 30 years. She is compassionate, yet unsentimental. She has a deep, resonant voice, and a hearty laugh. Comfortable in her presentation, she does not need to rein herself in or over-compensate by trying to be feminine.
Zakia: African American Trans Female, 38, began transition at 21. Social Worker by day and Beauty Pageant Contestant/Drag Performer by night. Intelligent, glamorous, frank, funny, deeply religious and principled. While her choice of words sometimes belies her intelligence, she is a thoughtful, accomplished woman who stands up for herself. She is confident and does not make any attempt to sound feminine.
Commitment: 12-14 hours in total, including rehearsal and public Stage reading.
Participants will receive a small honorarium.
Please put Trans Script Submission in the subject line. If you do not have a professional CV or Headshot, please feel free to send us a little information about yourself and why this interests you. We want to hear from you!