Boy

Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding lover amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient.

Play title:  Boy

Author (s):  Anna Ziegler

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Publication Date: 2016 (Dramatists Play Service)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Medicine

Secondary Discipline: Psychology

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 Men and 2 Women

Adam Turner, Dr. Wendell Barnes, Jenny Lafferty, Trudy Turner, Doug Turner

Setting: Davenport, Iowa, and Boston, Massachusetts

Time Period: From 1968-1990

Synopsis of Play: Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding lover amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. (play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service)

First Performance Date: February 23rd, 2016

First Producer: Keen Company

Performance History: The world premiere of Boy was co-produced by Keen Company (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director) and Ensemble Studio Theatre (William Carden, Artistic Director; Paul A. Slee, Executive Director), in New York City, opening on February 23rd, 2016. It was directed by Linsay Firman; the set design was by Sandra Goldmark; the lighting design was by Nick Francone; the sound design was by Shane Rettig; the costume design was by Sydney Maresca, and the production stage manager was Rhonda Picou.

Links: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/theater/review-in-boy-a-man-deals-with-gender-cards-hes-given-not-born-with.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-boy-timeline-review-0119-story.html

http://chicagocritic.com/boy/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/boy-theater-review-873862

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/mar/10/boy-review-transgender-drama-clurman-theater-new-york

https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/reviews/boy

https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/01/24/boy-shows-the-consequences-of-a-gender-experiment-gone-wrong

http://www.playbill.com/article/anna-zieglers-boy-opens-tonight

http://chicagoonstage.com/timelines-boy-poignant-important-love-story-era/

https://chicagoontheaisle.com/2018/01/31/boy-at-timeline-caught-in-a-physiological-trap-lad-is-certain-that-hes-not-alack-a-lass/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations      

                               

Keen Company/ Ensemble Studio Theatre                                  Keen Company/ Ensemble Studio Theatre

Photo by Carol Rosegg                                                                      Photo by Carol Rosegg    

                               

2018, TimeLine Theatre Company                                              2018, TimeLine Theatre Company

Photo by Lara Goetsch                                                                  Photo by Lara Goetsch     

                               

2018, TimeLine Theatre Company                                              2018, TimeLine Theatre Company

Photo by Lara Goetsch                                                                  Photo by Lara Goetsch      

                               

Manhattan Theatre Club, Photo by Carol Rosegg                   Manhattan Theatre Club, Photo by Carol Rosegg

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