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A trans theater festival is coming to Williamsburg

By David Cote

It’s amazing how far the transgender rights movement has gone in recent years, what with the global celebrity of Caitlyn Jenner and despite bigoted legislation, such as North Carolina’s hateful “bathroom law.” We’ve reported on the city’s first transgender modeling agency and last fall we did an informative roundup of trans or gender nonconforming characters in theater from the 1970s to the present. It was only a matter of time till the clever bunnies at the Brick got in on the trans action. Williamsburg’s most daring theater venue just announced its Trans Theatre Festival, which runs June 7-26.

“Recognizing trans artists as an invaluable part of our arts community, both currently and historically, this festival is part of an ongoing commitment to elevating their work,” the Brick folks say. “We're proud to present a theater and arts festival curated by and featuring the work of trans artists. Featuring theater, dance, film, web series, visual art, educational programming and a panel discussion on trans issues in the indie theater scene.”

The fest kicks off June 7 at 7pm with a free cabaret preview and party. The live shows include: The Astonishing Adventures of All American Girl & The Scarlet Skunk; British Honduras Fantasy; Chasing Blue; The Foundering of the Twelfth Night; The Grand Transsexual Draweth Nigh; Love Letters to Nobody, or Insignificant Others; Mouse; Notes on the Past; Queer Heartache; Radclyffe: The Completely Honest and Mostly True Story of Victorian England’s Second Most Notorious Invert (pictured above); Sentence Fetish; Singin’ and Talkin’ with Christopher Walken; and These Missing Parts. There's also dance, a web series and more. Check the Brick’s website for schedule and tickets. 

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