L Morgan Lee will direct An Evening of Commissioned Monologues at the Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival, running October 10-16. The finale event, presented October 16 at 7 PM, will conclude the festival and feature new monologues by 15 TNB2S+ (a group that includes Trans, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit–identifying people, along with any artist who does not identify with the male and female binary) writers.
"There is a growing interest in narratives that include or center Trans, Nonbinary, and gender expansive people," says Lee. "What we continue to see, however, is those stories—more often than not—being told through the lens of cis people. We can both celebrate forward motion and also take note that without Trans people in the room helping to build these pieces, there will always be something missing."
The evening will feature new work by A.A. Brenner, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Bianca Leigh, Else Went, Isaac Gómez, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, Liqing Xu, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Sam Hamashima, Sharifa Yasmin (The Devils Between Us), Sylvan Oswald (Pony), Timothy DuWhite, travis l. tate, and Victor I. Cazares (american (tele)visions). Following the presentation, Broadway Licensing will publish and license the monologues, with all profit proceeds being donated to the festival.
Lee, nominated for a 2022 Tony Award, and will also join the company’s advisory board, Core Community, along with Tomás Matos (Hulu's Fire Island).
The festival is led by Founding Artistic Director George Strus and counseled by its voluntary advisory board Core Community, which includes Tony nominee Adam Rigg (The Skin of Our Teeth), Jonathan Larson Award-winning writer César Alvarez, New York Stage and Film’s artistic director Chris Burney, David Mendizábal, Guggenheim fellow Jen Silverman, Tony winner John Cameron Mitchell, Tony winner KO, formerly known as Karen Olivo, Jonathan Larson Award-winning poet Kit Yan, MJ Kaufman, Qween Jean, co-director of A.R.T. Risa Shoup, Grammy winner Ty Defoe, and Princeton Arts fellow Will Davis.
For more information, visit BTB-NYC.com.