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The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays

The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays



The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays for the Stage is the first play anthology to offer eight new plays by trans playwrights featuring trans characters.

This edited collection establishes a canon of contemporary American trans theatre which represents a variety of performance modes and genres. From groundbreaking new work from across America's stages to unpublished work by new voices, these plays address themes such as gender identity and expression to racial and religious attitudes toward love and sex.

Edited by Lindsey Mantoan, Angela Farr Schiller and Leanna Keyes, the plays selected explicitly call for trans characters as central protagonists in order to promote opportunities for trans performers, making this an original and necessary publication for both practical use and academic study.



Publication Date





London, UK


Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Theatre and Performance Studies


Description and cover image courtesy of Bloomsbury.

Subject Areas

American drama -- Minority authors; Transgender people -- Drama

Author/Editor Bio

Lindsey Mantoan (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Resident Dramaturg at Linfield University. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University, an M.A. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.

Leanna Keyes (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate theater artist with a primary focus on queer and trans people, aiming to authentically portray the full complexities of queer life (past, present, and future). She was a playwright in residence at Crosstown Arts in Memphis and has been commissioned by Valiant Theatre in Chicago.

Angela Farr Schiller (she/her) is the Director of Arts Education at the two time Southeastern Emmy Award winning ArtsBridge Foundation for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, in Atlanta, GA. She researches the intersections between race and performance.

The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays