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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls follows the story of 9-year-old Fiona who comes out as a boy and wants to be called Fin. Fin has always had this feeling – knowing something is different but not knowing what it was or how to say it. As Fin cuts his hair short and changes his name, his family works to understand and adjust to Fin’s gender identity. Dad is accepting of the change right away, but Mom doesn’t quite get it at first. Always from a place of good intentions, we see Fin’s family struggle with this change and through the course of the play ultimately begin to accept and embrace Fin for who he is.
Curriculum Connections: Drama, Language Arts, Health, Physical Education
Character Education Connections: Empathy, Respect, Integrity
Themes: Gender, Identity, Diversity, Equity
Nominated for three 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
Outstanding New Play (TYA) – Dave Deveau
Outstanding Direction (TYA) – Andrew Lamb
Outstanding Performance (TYA) – Ensemble
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls is written by Dave Deveau, featuring Samson Brown, Matthew Finlan and athena kaitlin trinh, stage managed by Alice Ferreyra, directed by Andrew Lamb, sound designed by Verne Good, set and costume designed by Anna Treusch, design assistant Sim Suzer.
Video from the 2018 production of Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls featuring Samson Brown, Matthew Finlan and athena kaitlin trinh by Endless Films.
Photography from the 2018 production of Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls featuring Samson Brown, Matthew Finlan and athena kaitlin trinh by John Packman.
Illustration by Claudia Dávila.