After making Broadway history this year starring in “A Strange Loop,” L Morgan Lee is continuing to break ground with a a new project close to her heart.
The Tony Award-nominated trans actress and singer will direct the final presentation of the Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival, scheduled to run Oct. 10 through Oct. 16 at Theatre Row in New York City.
Lee will helm “An Evening of Commissioned Monologues” on Oct. 16, which will feature new monologues by 15 writers from the TNB2S+ ( a group that includes trans, nonbinary, and two-spirit–identifying people, along with any artist who does not identify with the male and female binary).
“There is a growing interest in narratives that include or center Trans, Nonbinary, and gender expansive people,” Lee said in Friday’s announcement. “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.” She previously directed “Everyday.” by Samy Nour Younes at The Tank.
New works by A.A. Brenner, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Bianca Leigh, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, Liqing Xu, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Sam Hamashima, Sharifa Yasmin, Sylvan Oswald, Timothy DuWhite, Else Went, Isaac Gómez, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, travis l. tate, and Victor I. Cazares will be featured during the presentation.
Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival’s founding artistic director George Strus will serve as dramaturg.
Following the event, Broadway Licensing will publish and license the monologues and will donate all profits to the festival.
Coinciding with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and and LGBTQ+ History Month, the festival is offering tickets for free through online reservations at its website www.btb-nyc.com.
This year, Lee made history as the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Tony Award for her supporting performance as “Thought 1″ in Michael R. Jackson’s ribald and irreverent Pulitzer Prize-winning musical ”A Strange Loop.” The suburban Maryland native has also agreed to join the company’s advisory board, Core Community, along with Tomás Matos, who currently stars in the new Hulu LGBTQ+ film “Fire Island.”