The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 ·
The Armory

JAW Play Reading: Trans World

Event Details
Friday, July 23, 2021
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT
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U.S. Bank Main Stage or Online
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JAW Play Reading: Trans World

Written by Ty Defoe
Directed by Dominique Rider

When seven trans individuals are picked to temporarily live in a house and get filmed non-stop for a new reality TV show, the lines between pretend and real drama become uncomfortably blurred. Inspired by MTV’s 90s hit show The Real World, celebrated theater artist Ty Defoe brings an abundance of heart and humor to this playful piece. This new play takes a fresh look at what happens when people stop being nice and start getting real.

Join us in person at The Armory, or watch the performance online!

  • In person (for this reading, the in-person event will be a live broadcast of a virtual performance, projected on a large screen; free; tickets and masks required).
  • Streamed live (free; reserve a ticket for access)

Cast & Creative Team:
Ensemble.........Angela Bey*, Maya J. Christian*, Leah Isobel*, Esco Jouléy*, Treasure Lunan*, MJ Rawls* & Futaba Shioda*
Stage Manager: Janine Vanderhoff*
Production Assistant: Dana Petersen
Stage Directions: Shareen Jacobs*
Sign Interpreters: Dot Hearn, Kassie Hughes & Dana Walls

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Ty Defoe, Playwright
Ty Defoe, Playwright

Ty Defoe (Giizhig), Oneida and Ojibwe Nations, is a writer and interdisciplinary artist, and Grammy Award winner. Ty aspires to an interweaving approach to artistic projects with social justice, Indigi-Queering, and environmentalism. Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence, Jonathan Larson Award, TransLab Fellow, and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat-er! Works created and authored: River of Stone, Red Pine, The Way They Lived, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, Hear Me Say My Name, Copper Horns in Water, Before The Land Eroded, The Ballad of Smokey Quartz, Gwekaanimad<<>>Wind Changes Direction (w/ Kate Freer), Trial and Tears (w/ Dawn Avery), The Lesson (w/ Avi Amon and Nolan Doran), among others. Ty is a core member of All My Relations Collective, GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG | Revolving Sky (Under the Radar Incoming!, The Public Theater). Movement Direction: Mother Road, dir. Bill Rauch (OSF), Manahatta, dir. Laurie Woolery (OSF and Yale Rep), and choreographer for Tracy Lett’s The Minutes (Broadway). Netflix: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, dir. Anna Shapiro (Broadway). Degrees from CalArts, Goddard College, and NYU, Tisch. Lives in NYC and loves the color clear. He|We, member of: Dramatist Guild Council, ASCAP, SDC, SAG/AEA, and The Phluid Project.

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