Cercle Hermaphroditos

In 1895 New York, trans man Ambrose Carlton has a plan to beat the restrictive system around him and live as himself as much as possible - to find a bride at Roland "Laureline" Reeves' infamous Cercle Hermaphroditos, a social club for "androgynes" (aka, trans women). Ambrose hopes to find a lady at the club he can legally marry, then live the life expected of them in public while...
In 1895 New York, trans man Ambrose Carlton has a plan to beat the restrictive system around him and live as himself as much as possible - to find a bride at Roland "Laureline" Reeves' infamous Cercle Hermaphroditos, a social club for "androgynes" (aka, trans women). Ambrose hopes to find a lady at the club he can legally marry, then live the life expected of them in public while pursuing the life they want in private. But finding the proper match becomes more difficult than he expected, especially after the club is raided by police and the fragile safe place Laureline has created threatens to break apart for good. Based on true historical events
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Cercle Hermaphroditos

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    1 Jul. 2019
    An amazing piece. I found myself so grateful to read a trans narrative centered around love, fellowship, friendship, and community vs. isolation and violence (while also appreciating how the characters articulated the place those things have in trans and queer experiences). All of the characters are so distinct and compelling. A subtle and nuanced piece with palpable conflict that doesn't veer into overwrought drama. I hope to see this produced soon!
  • Cassandra Rose:
    25 Mar. 2019
    If Oscar Wilde had lived to write a play about a society of trans women, this would be that play. Full of heart, wit, and love. Read it for yourself!
  • National Queer Theater:
    28 Oct. 2018
    We produced Cercle Hermaphroditos this month at National Queer Theater and our audiences can't stop talking about it. A game-changing history of transgender advocacy in the United States, Cercle wields humor and camp as weapons against intolerance and otherness. As the American theater slowly begins to embrace the work of transgender playwrights, Shualee Cook's name should be at the top of any literary managers' list of bold new works.

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