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What’s The T? is the latest production of About Face Youth Theatre, an offshoot of the queer theater company aimed at engaging young people to tell their stories and create community through the stage. Every two years the youth ensemble selects a new topic to tackle, drawing on their own stories and interviewing community members to create a script.
For this production, the ensemble had originally intended to craft a play solely on transgender identity.
“The AFYT ensemble and I wanted to create some space for positive, real trans narratives. We needed to step it up as allies,” wrote Sara Kerastas, the playwright who collaborated on What’s The T? with the youth ensemble.
Following an influx of crime in the Boystown and Lakeview area, residents began singling out queer youth of color, particularly black transgender women, who access social services in the neighborhood. Lakeview and Boystown have become…
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