Inspired by a true story, BOY, comes to the Trustus Cohn Side Door Theatre from January 13-January 21.
BOY tells the story of Adam Turner, a man who has to deal with the gender cards he’s given (not born with). We meet Adam on the night he meets Jenny Lafferty at a drunken Halloween party. Their flirtation and connection increases, but there seems to something that Adam isn’t’ saying.
“It is a topical play, of sorts, in that it is about gender and identity, although not transgender specifically since Adam was born male and always felt male despite the gender reassignment attempt” states Director Ilene Fins. Fins goes on to say “But most importantly, Trustus has always been known for tackling tough subjects with a sense of universal humanity and this play has a universal appeal in that we have all struggled at one time or another to feel comfortable in our skin.”
Adam’s story begins to unfold as Jenny learns that Adam is the victim of a botched medical circumcision and was raised as a female by his parents due to counsel from a popular doctor who posits that nurture can outweigh nature. BOY explores the complicated terrain of trying to find love in a new body, and the inextricable bonds between doctor and patient – creator and creation.
“BOY is an important and difficult story. Trustus has always been a theatrical home for people and stories that don’t always fit in with the mainstream. Our society’s view of gender is going through huge shifts right now and this play is an exciting and moving addition to that vital conversations” states Martha Hearn, who plays Jenny in BOY.
Opening night for BOY is Friday, January 13 at 8:00 pm. Other shows are Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, January 15 at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 pm, Friday, January 20 at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at the Trustus box office or online at www.trustus.org. Box office hours are Wednesday-Friday from 2-6 pm. For more information and updates, visit www.trustus.org, www.facebook.com/TrustusTheatre, https://twitter.com/trustustheatre or call 803.254.9732. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #sitdownandtrustus in any social media posts pertaining to Trustus Theatre.