Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women
A.R.T. Season
January 19 - February 5, 2017
"A set of deep-rooted stories full of warmth and vulnerability that speaks to anyone en route to discovering their own identity."
The Herald

Written by Paul Lucas
Directed by Jo Bonney

Drawn from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, Trans Scripts uses the real words of women to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the transgender community. The show’s seven characters range in age and life experience, from an African-American and Latina trans woman in her late 20s who transitioned at 17, to a British gynecologist in her 70s who transitioned to a woman at 68 and Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)) directs a cast of seven in the US premiere of this moving, humorous, and timely work that received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A series of complementary work, the I.D. Festival, will be presented at OBERON in January 13  - February 4, 2017. Buy tickets to Trans Scripts as well as a show from the I.D. Festival and get a discount on both tickets. Click here to see the full listing of events.

Trans Scripts: Audience Reactions: 

Trans Scripts Audience Reactions

Creative team
Written by Paul Lucas
Directed by Jo Bonney
Scenic Design Myung Hee Cho
Costume Design Daniel Tyler Mathews
Lighting Design Lap Chi Chu
Composer/Sound Design John Gromada
Wig Design

Rachel Padula Shufelt

Production Stage Manager Katie Ailinger
Josephine Marlo Bernier
Zakia Matthew Hancock
Sandra Eden Lane
Tatiana Bianca Leigh
Luna MJ Rodriguez
Eden Rebecca Root
Dr. Violet Jack Wetherall
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Jenny Kennedy
Voice and Dialect Erika Bailey, Julie Foh
Assistant Director

Madison Johnson

Assistant Sound Design

Matt Otto

Original Script Development and Dramaturgy Morgan Jenness
A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

James Montaño

The American Repertory Theater’s “Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women,” playing through Feb. 5, should be mandatory viewing for anyone who identifies as human.  More

Paul Lucas has crafted a script with an exquisite sense of balance; Trans Scripts, Part I is thoughtful, informative, honest, and playful, all at once. More

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. More

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. More

This is not just about gender identity. It’s about what makes us human. More

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.  More

Fine theater at its best often introduces us to worlds about which we are fairly ignorant, and for this, we should always be grateful.  More

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. More

“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.” More

“Trans Scripts” intends to highlight the similarities shared between all people, regardless of their differences. More


Press Releases

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University announced today that during the run of its production of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney, each performance will be followed by a second act of moderated discussions, featuring a roster of activists, students, medical professionals, artists, and scholars.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is pleased to announce that it has received an NEA Art Works grant of $50,000 for its production of Trans Scripts.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, is pleased to present Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has scheduled its remaining access performances for the 2016/17 Season including American Sign Language (ASL), open captioned, audio described, and sensory-friendly performances for select shows.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, is actively seeking transgender actors to audition for the A.R.T. 2016/17 season production Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney.
OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, is seeking artistic submissions for the I.D. Festival, a series of events that explore and celebrate gender identity, opening at OBERON in January 2017 and presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s 2016/17 season production of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women.

Inspired by the show to learn more about, or get involved in addressing the themes raised by the play? Visit (and contribute to) this guide to local resources and organizations.


Click here to read the show's program.  


Read these blog posts from the A.R.T. Guide to learn more about the production:


Changing the Lightbulb: Or, How to Get Beyond Trans Tropes
by Bianca Leigh


No Single Story
A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus interviews Trans Scripts writer Paul Lucas

For more materials about the production, topics, and themes of the play, see the Trans Scripts Toolkit.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25. Subscribers, Members, and Student Members: Log into your account for discounts.

Run time

90 minutes with no intermission. Audiences are invited to remain in the theater for a moderated Act II discussion following each performance.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 10 and up.
This new play is based on interviews with transgender women. Their stories include strong language, sexual themes, and descriptions of violence.

ASL Interpreted

Feb. 1, 7:30PM & Feb. 4, 2PM

Audio Described

Feb. 2, 7:30PM & Feb. 5, 2PM

Open Captioned Logo Open Captioned

Feb. 2, 7:30PM & Feb. 5, 2PM






Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs


Audience members are invited to remain in the theater for Act II, a moderated conversation series. For more information, including schedule and guest bios, click here.