How Do Audiences Respond to Young Transgender Characters?


What does a family do when they discover their young son actually identifies as female? That’s the question Aline Lathrop explores in her new play Merchild, currently in a Jeff-recommended run at 16th Street Theater. Aline Lathrop’s plays have been produced or developed at numerous theaters in Chicago and across the country, and include Trade ShowBordello (a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee), Feast (one of the “Top 5 Best New Plays,” New City Magazine; First Prize, New Plays Festival, Centre Stage – South Carolina), …And Eat It Too and A Piece of Bone (Jeff Recommendation), among others. She is currently a Playwright in Residence at 16th Street Theater and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

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Sean Douglass
Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago's annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He also hosts the CFR's podcast The Scene.