TimeLine Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of BOY opens up pressing questions about gender in the 21st century. What does it mean to be intersex, or transgender, or cisgender? Is that the right vocabulary? How can we all operate in the world in a way that’s respectful of everyone? What questions should we ask, or not ask? Why does BOY have so many trans and intersex people working on it?
During the rehearsal process for BOY, TimeLine held a series of Gender 101 training sessions for all staff, board and artists, to discuss these very questions and to help everyone operate as a more understanding, more diverse team.
Now TimeLine Theatre is excited to offer the same Gender 101 class to the general public and audience members who are interested in taking a deeper dive into the topic as well.
Gender 101 takes place Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on stage at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.
The course fee is $25 (additional reservation system fees may apply). Spots are limited. Enroll today. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visittimelinetheatre.com or call the Box Office at (773) 281-8463 x6.
More about TimeLine’s Gender 101 session
This one-time class will be led by Josephine Kearns (she/her), a TimeLine Associate Artist and Dramaturg and Gender Identity Consultant for BOY, in consultation with the Gender and Sex Development Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Participants in the class will address the history of gender, the modern terminology of gender, how to get comfortable talking about gender, and work we can all do to make the world more welcoming and inclusive for gender minorities.
Attendees also will go behind-the-scenes, discovering the ways TimeLine’s artistic team wove all of this knowledge into its Chicago premiere of BOY—including a few secrets woven into the set.
The class also includes an in-depth look at the art installation now gracing TimeLine’s lobby, featuring photos and audio clips that amplify the personal experiences of intersex and TGNC (trans gender non conforming) people in Chicago, curated by K. Rodriguez(they/them) and Jireh L. Drake (they/them) of For The People Artists Collective.
More about BOY
TimeLine Theatre’s Chicago premiere of BOY, written by Anna Ziegler, directed by Damon Kiely, runs through March 18. The play is about the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love.
Inspired by true events, BOY takes audiences to the center of today’s gender revolution by telling one of the stories at its roots—the story of Dr. John Money, who co-founded America’s first gender identity clinic 50 years ago, and his signature patient, David Reimer.
In the 1960s, an accident during a routine medical procedure causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of infant twin boys to raise one as a girl. Although Adam transitions back to a male identity at age 14, the repercussions of his parents’ choice continue to reverberate. Everyone involved struggles to connect, stuck between hope for the future and uncertainty about the past. BOY picks up Adam’s story as a young adult in the 1980s discovering true love for the first time, while memories of his childhood open a window into what it’s like to grow up in an identity that doesn’t fit.
“The brilliantly acted BOY is one of the true joys of the new year” raved Chicago On Stage. New City called TimeLine’s BOY “a hard, ninety-minutes of brilliant theater that will keep you vibrating for days to come.” Chicago Theater Beat called it “essential viewing for Chicago audiences in 2018.”
The cast (listed with the pronouns each uses) features Stef Tovar (he/him) as Doug; Theo Germaine (they/them) as Adam; Emily Marso (she/her) as Jenny; TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe (she/her) as Trudy; and TimeLine Company Member David Parkes(he/him) as Dr. Wendell Barnes.
The production team for BOY includes Arnel Sancianco (Scenic Designer, he/him); Samantha Jones (Costume Designer, she/her); Jared Gooding (Lighting Designer, he/him); Karli Blalock (Sound Designer, she/her), Archer Curry (Properties Designer, he/him); Charlie Baker (Intimacy Designer, he/him/they/them); Avi Roque (Assistant Director, they/them); Molly Weaver (Production Assistant, they/them); and Luci Kersting (Stage Manager, she/her).
BOY: Tickets and information
TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Avenue, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood.
Single ticket prices are $40 (Wednesday through Friday), $49 (Saturday evenings) and $54 (Saturday and Sunday matinees). Student discount is 35% off regular price with valid ID. TimeLine is also a member of TCG’s Blue Star Theatre Program and is offering $25 tickets to U.S. military personnel, veterans, first responders, and their spouses and family.
Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. For tickets and information, visit timelinetheatre.com or call the Box Office at (773) 281-8463 x6.
Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available.
Ticket buyers age 18-35 may join TimeLine’s free MyLine program to obtain access to discounted tickets, special events and more. Visit timelinetheatre.com/discounts for more about Blue Star, MyLine and other available discounts.
TimeLine Theatre is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. TimeLine offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark), with other paid parking options nearby, plus limited free and metered street parking. TimeLine Theatre is accessible to people with disabilities.
About TimeLine Theatre Company
TimeLine Theatre Company, recipient of the prestigious 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues.
Still to come in TimeLine’s 2017-18 season is the world premiere of TO CATCH A FISH by Chicagoan Brett Neveu, the first play to be produced that was written and developed through TimeLine’s inaugural Playwrights Collective, about a family and a community torn apart by a flawed search for justice. TimeLine Company Member Ron OJ Parson directs. Performances are April 25 – July 1, 2018. Press opening is Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets and information, visit timelinetheatre.com or call the Box Office at
(773) 281-8463 x6.
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