Saturday, April 7, 2018

Transition: An Original Docudrama

Transition is an original docudrama directed by the Valencia College Theater program chair John DiDonna. The show explores the lives, concerns and obstacles facing those in and through a period of gender transition. It was created through interviews with members of the transgender community.

The show started off the entire cast entering the black box theater telling tales of Greek myths. The pace was hurried with members of the cast obsessionally talking over one another. Then the cast settled in and we were allowed to meet each in turn as they discussed their lives. For some, gender was fluid, not as sharply defined as the blue and pink world that delineates boys and girls from childhood on.

A relationship developed between a woman who fell in love with a man who was transitioning into womanhood. He pushed her away feeling she was naive, but she persisted and she was with him through his entire transition. The important theme throughout was that we should all be accepting and love one another.

The word SEX was boldly projected on the screen. The entire case suddenly grew quiet and uncomfortable. It was a comic moment that grew as the moment lengthened. One cat member walked the runway out into the audience dressed in his khaki shorts, a t shirt and open dress shirt. He must have once been female, but I couldn't tell. He glanced at the word and looked back out at the audience and finally said "heel no." and walked back to the cast.

By the end of the show the cast held one another as each in turn asked for  understanding as they moved forward with their lives. Shots of estrogen or testosterone defined their gradual transformations. Skin grew smoother or voices changed pitch. Each wanted what we all want, acceptance and love. This was a unique evening of beautiful people sharing their stories.

The remaining show dates are:
April 7, 9 13 and 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
April 8 and 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
The performance on April 14 will have an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.
$12 General Admission
$10 Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Seniors.
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Four tickets for $36 or eight for $60.
Valencia College East Campus, Black Box Theater
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail Orlando Fl 32825

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