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 Show, Bordello (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.
An artistic director leads us toward a wise new way of approaching race and identity.
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Reflecting on a career trajectory from professional dance to politics and diplomacy.