About the Show

Written and Directed by Bruce R. Coleman
Co-produced with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
in partnership with First Unitarian Church of Dallas

World Premiere: February 7 - 16, 2020

Created especially for ages 13 and up and those who love them...
(Contains adult language)

As more and more young people are coming to terms with gender identity and transitioning, there is a need for resources that can encourage conversation and understanding in a safe and open environment. Dallas Children's Theater is pleased to add this topic to its series of internationally-recognized teen issue plays. Andi is a transgender teen entering his first day of school identifying as a male. Former classmates recall his last name when they hear it, but there is something different about Andi that keeps the dots from connecting clearly in their minds. Soon his new teachers, classmates, and his classmates' parents will figure it out. How will they react? With aggression? With compassion? With confusion? Inspired by one teen's journey, ANDI BOI is told with a sensitivity towards Andi and uses wit, heart, and warmth to help audiences find their way to greater compassion and awareness. Post-show conversations with subject matter resources will follow every performance.

Inspired by one teen's journey, this play is not attempting to represent the spectrum of scenarios that are going on in the transgender community, but rather to pave a way to start conversation and foster awareness and understanding.

Show Themes: Gender Identity, Tolerance, Empathy, Kindness, Growth
Grade Level: Grade 7 and up

Helpful Resources

Please note that there are many online resources. These have simply come to DCT through the journey of this production. We will add to the list as they are acquired.

Transgender Definitions:

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) - Find resources that transgender children, families and other youth-serving professionals need to support one another in their journeys.
Glossary of Terms
Transgender Style Guide by Radical Copy Editor

Key Local Resources:

Resource Center
Offers support for LGBTQ youth and their parents

Genecis Program
Gender Affirming Care at Children's Hospital Dallas

Cathedral of Hope of Dallas
One of the largest LGBTQ churches in the world

First Unitarian Church of Dallas / Interweave Dallas
LGBTQ-inclusive and welcoming faith community

DFW Trans Kids and Families - Social and support group for Transgender children/ youth and parents.

DISD Support Services for LGBTQ Youth
Mahoganie Gaston


Rainbow Roundup

Equality Texas

PFLAG Dallas Chapter
Support for families of LGBTQ+ individuals
(972) 849-0383

Nu Transgender Movement

Trans-Cendence, International - Dallas Chapter

Human Rights Campaign
National Center for Transgender Equality
Parents for Transgender Equality Council
Trans Student Educational Resources
Texas Trans Equity Project
Black Tie Dinner - largest LGBTQ fundraiser in the U.S.
GLBT National Resource Database
Trans Kids and Families of Texas

National Resources:
Online Guide to Scholarships & Resources for LGBTQIA+ College Students
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Federal Government Agency)
Center of Excellence on Racial and Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations (YMSM+LGBT CoE) Funding for this project ended in September of 2017.
Gender Spectrum - support for families, trans youth, and educators
Gender Diversity - support for families, trans youth, and educators

Renee Baker
Rebekka Ouer
Taylor Counseling Group

Living as a non-binary in a binary world TED Talk
Beyond Bathrooms: The Transgender Student Experience
Love Has No Labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Ad Council
Breaking the Gender Binary TED Talk
Henry's Story - trans boy with supportive family
TRUTH: Meet Zeam
TRUTH: Meet George
It's (NOT) Just a Phase - The Experiences on Nonbinary Folks 30-70 Years of Age
Shane Walley's pronouns as a trans man: ze, hir, hirs
The Straight White Man's Guide to Feminism and Social Justice
How to talk to transgender youth, according to experts and their parents
National Geographic Gender Glossary

Articles & Reports:
HRC Caring for Transgender children
He, She, Zhe: How to Talk to Your Kids About Gender
Boy or girl? Gender a new challenge for schools
Vanity Fair Special Issue on Gender Identity and Expression
Facebook's Gender Labeling Revolution
Mattel launches gender nonconforming dolls
10 Things You Can Do for Transgender Day of Visibility
Celebrating the Trans 100's Women of Color
A transgender teen finds respite on the stage
Life in the in-between
It's okay to let your transgender kid transition - even if they might change their mind in the future
How and Why to Use LGBTQ+ Inclusive Language in Psychology

Media Stories:
Transgender Awareness Week - What You Should Know
About a boy - Houston Chronicle
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Karie Couric - National Geographic TV

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans
The Gender Book
Becoming a Visible Man
Gender Quest Workbook
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves
Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill
Tranny by Laura Jane Grace
Trans Teen Survival Guide by Fox Fisher and Owl Fisher
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel

Educator Resources:
The Teaching Transgender Toolkit
Choices Program at Brown University

Resources for LGBTQ survivors of violence:
Forge: 1-414-559-2123
Let's Talk About It: A Transgender Survivor's Guide to Accessing Therapy
The Anti-Violence Project: 1-212-714-1141 (Bilingual 24/7)
The Network La Red phone support: Voice: 1-617-742-4911; Toll-Free: 1-800-832-1901; TTY: 1-617-227-4911
National Sexual Assault Hotline online chat & phone support: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) ; (24/7)
Love is Respect (for youth) online chat & phone support: 1-866-331-9474 (24/7); TTY: 1-866-331-8453; or Text "loveis" to 22522
LGBT National Help Center peer online chat & phone support: Youth Hotline 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743); LGBT National Hotline 1-888-843-4564; Sage LGBT Elder Hotline 1-888-234-7243
Northwest Network: 1-206-568-7777

Crisis Resources:
The Trevor Lifeline for Crisis Counseling
Trans Lifeline - Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community.
contact@translifeline.org (email)
877-565-8860 (lifeline phone number)

Image Credit: Logo designed by Bruce R. Coleman. Photos by Karen Almond.



Artistic Statements

Robyn Flatt
Executive Artistic Director
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Bruce R. Coleman
Playwright / Director
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