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

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

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. More

When it comes to making theater, it's a good sign if you can get people to cry. More

"I am hoping to show a nice breadth of the trans community. And asked myself, what things are essential that I definitely need to have in the script?" More

Paul Lucas, a successful, gay New York-based stage producer, knew there were thousands of untold stories from within trans communities all over the world. He set out to find some of them. More

Award-winning journalist & transgender superstar preps for Trans Scripts at A.R.T. More

Simply by staging a show that seeks to provide the most sincere, accurate portrayal of lives rarely documented in art, Trans Scripts throws up interesting questions about how best to respect these stories before they even grace the stage. More

In a Fringe where gender has been one theatre's vital talking points, this is a show that matters, not just to those already aware of the trans communities, but for those who have no knowledge of them. More

Culled from interviews with trans women, these personal accounts read out on stage highlight the diversity of their experiences. 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.