“Boy” By Anna Ziegler 

By: Anna Ziegler
Narrated by: Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, Bobby Steggert
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
Release date: 10-17-16
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

If you haven’t yet experienced a production from L.A. Theatre Works, you should. Their productions put you in the middle of the audience.

This time around I listened to another play from the Relativity series, (science plays). The story of a boy who was born a boy but after a disfiguring accident was raised a son. Throughout his life he knew something was not quite right. The play goes back and forth through time from when the parents notified the doctor and the plan to raise him as a girl developed, to the late 80s when he finds a girl and falls in love, back to his therapy sessions during childhood.

This one gets you thinking, but not about what you think.

Publisher’s Summary

Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a powerful statement about sexual identity and the mystery of what makes us who we are.

After a baby boy is seriously injured in an accident, a doctor persuades his parents to raise the child as a girl. As the child grows up, the child – known as Samantha and Adam at different times – faces an extraordinary challenge to carve out a place in the world.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Sarah Drew as Jenny

John Getz as Dr. Wendell Barnes

Travis Johns as Doug

Amy Pietz as Trudy

Bobby Steggert as Adam Turner

Directed by Debbie Devine. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA, in July of 2016. Boy is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

©2016 Anna Ziegler (P)2016 L.A. Theatre Works