Keen Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre present this world premiere, an investigation into gender about a child who was raised as a girl but is actually a boy. More…
Inspired by a true story, 'Boy' explores the complicated terrain of trying to find love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident during circumcision. Years later, the child, now a young adult, tries to live anew as a man. A story of the blinding power of love and the complicated mystery of one’s perception of self, 'Boy' is a moving play that questions what shapes the person we are meant to be.
This production is presented by Keen Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project.
See it if you want to learn more about intersex people (or at least about one fictional intersex person).
Don't see it if you don't like flip-flopping time lines.
See it if you're interested in a study of gender roles with no easy answers. None of the characters is happy with their life-everyone is equally lost.
Don't see it if you want a lighthearted evening or a feel good ending. The play raises many questions but answers few. The set was cool, though - look up.