Lisa Scheps is the founder of Ground Floor Theatre. She is always running around trying to handle the theatre and taking tickets and getting people seated. This time, she steps into the lead character and co-directing in the play, TRANSom.
The play, which is devised by an all trans/non binary ensemble, tells the story of Sandy (Lisa Scheps), who has created a safe house for LGBTQ people to go to. There's 6 people all living together, including Sandy and her wife, Carolyn (Alyssa Thompson).
TRANSom redefines the meaning of a family. Each person is going through something different, but the group always comes together to comfort one another. Living in the house is Bastion (Deirdre Darling), a flower child-like person that believes in the healing power of crystals and that everything will work out. Bastion hangs with Margo (Siri Gurudev) and they are becoming quite cozy. Jordan (Adrain Clark) doesn't let anyone inside, walking around with a chip on their shoulder. Max (Jess O'Rear) documents his life on Instagram constantly trying to get more followers. Max calls Jordan out on a few things, which causes Jordan to perk up and start taking a liking to the young man. While living with Sandy, they each experience joy, sorrow, and conflicts, especially after they receive some terrible news.
“This is something that I have wanted to do since we opened Ground Floor. The trans community is a kind of mystery to the public, but this play shows that trans and non-binary people deal with the same day to day joys and drama as everyone else," explaining why she's so excited about this production.
Ground Floor Theatre concentrates on works by and for underrepresented communities. It serves as an incubator to foster and grow new and groundbreaking works that shine a light on groups that are often overlooked. It is also a home for the Austin theatre community to come together and learn from one another in order to help Austin continue to excel as a leader in the national theatre community.
The Ground Floor Theatre
August 15 - 31, Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 5pm
For tickets, call (512) 840-1804 or click here: