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TheaterMania: Paul Lucas' work makes its US premiere at American Repertory Theater (January 27, 2017)
Trans Scripts is much more than a distillation of interviews: It is an airtight example of humanity woven into a compelling 90 minutes of storytelling that runs the gamut of emotions.
WBUR/The ARTery: Painful, Frank And Funny: American Rep's 'Trans Scripts' Delivers Unguarded Access To Trans Women's Experiences (January 27, 2017)
Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women distills hundreds of firsthand accounts into seven distinctive characters and curates authentic, from-the-heart stories that are sometimes painful, unstintingly frank and often cathartically funny.
Boston Globe: 'Trans Scripts’ a journey of self-discovery, when the path isn’t clear (January 26, 2017)
This is not just about gender identity. It’s about what makes us human.
This show offers an unsentimental yet generous, uncensored look at reality, and the fact is–despite opinions to the contrary–there is no alternative: all of us are in transition becoming ourselves.
WBUR/The ARTery: True Stories Give Trans Actresses Realistic Roles In A.R.T’s 'Trans Scripts' (January 26, 2017)
Transgender characters are on more big and small screens these days, with popular shows like "Transparent" and "Orange Is The New Black." Now a new work of theater featuring seven trans women characters is having its U.S. premiere at the American Repertory Theater.
Fine theater at its best often introduces us to worlds about which we are fairly ignorant, and for this, we should always be grateful.
“It is not in any way didactic, it is not like a lecture on trans 101,” says writer Paul Lucas. “You just learn a lot about the trans experience and a lot of your preconceptions about what it means to be trans are just popped, one after the next.”
“Trans Scripts” intends to highlight the similarities shared between all people, regardless of their differences.
Boston Globe: Exploring differences — and sameness — through the real stories of trans women (January 19, 2017)
The stories in “Trans Scripts” deal at times with bullying, family acceptance (or lack thereof) of gender, problems in the workplace, and the difficulty of getting appropriate medical care related to transition. But the examples of tribulation are balanced with examples of victory.
Bianca Leigh’s character in Trans Scripts puts it, “We have hundreds and thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of stories.” And those stories, in all of their complexity and authenticity, deserve to be onstage.