Before Boys Don't Cry there was the sold old success...
Lie With Me
****A smart, sexy, gender bender…Best of the Fringe, Best interview-EYE MAGAZINE
Inspired by the true story of Teena/Brandon, a young woman who was murdered when it was discovered that she had successful deceived others into believing she was a man. Lie With Me pre-dates the Oscar winning film based on the same story, Boys Don't Cry.
2017 TWO CENTS THEATER, LOS ANGELES, CA 2002 YORK UNIVERSITY THEATRE DEPARTMENT DIRECTED BY ANTONIO O CAMPO 1999 PREMIERE, TORONTO, Canada *Script available at the Toronto Fringe Festival Play library DIRECTED BY Kelly Fanson, Assistant Director by Kimberley Radmacher WRITTEN BY Victoria Goring ORIGINAL MUSIC BY Archie Hughes PERFORMED BY Genevieve E. Anthony Aaron Berg, Catherine Black, Alyssa Clark, Lesley Dowey, Victoria Goring, Corrina Hodgson, Mark McIntyre, Bruce Marshall, Mike O’Connor, Liz Pounsett, James Skinner, Eloisa Weber DRAMATURGY BY Sanjay Talwar Urban Spine set this story of small-town violence in a real playground. This walled playground echoed the claustrophobia of a small town, while giving an eerie playfullness to kids who become violent. Lie With Me has been expanded in length with assistance from The Laidlaw Foundation and York University. An ideal play for theatre students with its large young cast, physical staging, and provocative issues.
A PHYSICAL DRAMA As the audience enters, they discover our hero/heroine is already dead. "Alex" has become as trapped in her death as she was in her life. Unable to "get those words out of me", Alex lived her life "Running from all those words". Unable to resolve her gender identity, and facing mounting pressure from her small community, Alex finds herself buried deep in her own lies. Who was Alex, and who really knew him/her? Multiple perspectives abound, from the neighbours' gossip to the media's piercing questions. How many stories become lies?