April 6 - 29 at The Calderwood
"Ex-GI Turns Blonde Beauty!" -- New York Daily News
In 1952, America's first famous transsexual, Christine Jorgensen (photo below), was a scandal and banned in Boston. Now The Theater Offensive, New England's leading creator and presenter of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender theater, will present the Off-Broadway hit "Christine Jorgensen Reveals," starring Bradford Louryk, April 6 - 29, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The announcement came just days after the success of Theater Offensive's 2006 climACTS Carnival benefit.
Louryk's tour de force performance brings to life Jorgensen's only recorded interview. Conceived by Louryk and directed by Josh Hecht, the result is an enlightening new play where Ms. Jorgensen does what she ultimately became known for - telling the truth.
Acclaimed performer Bradford Louryk brings to light the astounding details of Christine's life by answering sensational questions directed from an interviewer played by Rob Grace, whose performance is pre-recorded and delivered through a 1950's-era television.
"Christine Jorgensen Reveals" details the boundaries of personhood, gender identity as a social construct and the nature of humanity as Ms. Jorgensen - displaying extraordinary intellect, charisma, poise, and grace - speaks candidly about her sensational life.
George Jorgensen, Jr. was born May 30, 1926, to Danish-American
parents in the Bronx. After graduating from high school in 1945, the
awkward, introverted George was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years
of service at a desk in Fort Dix, New Jersey. Having always felt more
feminine than masculine, George desperately began researching at a local
medical library, where he read about hormone experiments and sex studies
abroad. He soon discovered that sex change operations were being performed
in Scandinavia. In 1950 he flew to Copenhagen, Denmark, telling his
family he was visiting relatives. He underwent months of hormone therapy
and finally had his male sexual organs removed in 1952.
With her health failing fast by the late 1980s, she moved to California and lived a more quiet life of working crossword puzzles and spending time with friends.
Christine Jorgensen died in 1989 of bladder cancer.
For tickets and information, call 617-933-8600, visit the Calderwood box office at 527 Tremont Street, or visit BostonTheatreScene.com.
-- OnStage Boston
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