Trans*cend Shares Stories of Transgender Memphians


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Storyteller and writer Elaine Blanchard has spent the past couple months meeting with a handful of transgender and gender-fluid Memphians, collecting their personal stories of coming out and day-to-day life in Memphis.

She and a professional cast will be acting out those stories this weekend in her original show, Trans*cend. The show will take place Saturday, March 12th, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 13th, at 2 p.m., at TheatreSouth (1000 S. Cooper) inside First Congregational Church. Admission is $10.

will be dedicated to Duanna Johnson, a transgender woman who was brutally beaten by Memphis police officer Bridges McRae in February 2008. McRae pled guilty to a civil rights violation in federal court for the beating. But Johnson was found fatally shot in November 2008 in a yet-unsolved case.

Memphis film-maker Shelby Fuller Elwood will be filming the play for a documentary on the process of making Trans*cend.


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