TRANS AM explores the most complex and personal parts of the human experience, through the lens of Lisa Stephen Friday. With stories and songs, Lisa shares her own trans journey as a means of understanding our common human desire for self-actualization and respect while calling out the absurdity of a world obsessed with other-ness. An irreverent new one-woman autobiography, TRANS AM features the music of cult-favorite NYC glam rock band Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday.
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February 13, 2022 | Following the performance
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Washington Post Review
“Vivid details anchor the narrative in TRANS AM … you leave with a bracing awareness that the “Am” in the title is both an affirmative first-person verb and also shorthand for a pan-out view of America.”
DC Metro Theater Arts Review
“[Lisa Stephen Friday] is a compelling storyteller, not least because she is a fine actor. She tells of living a life always on the cusp of change, participating in a character arc the shape and direction of which she…”
Broadway World Review
“Tall and confident in a jeans jumpsuit and red sneakers, Friday is unflappable in telling a about a life that had more than its share of challenges, not just as a trans woman finding a place in a cold world, but in overcoming…”
MD Theatre Guide Review
“TRANS AM is an exhilarating synthesis of musical, punk rock concert, and stage play … Like the best memoirs, TRANS AM feels both deeply personal and universal at the same time.”
Metro Weekly Review
“Friday conveys her truth with searing immediacy … she connects directly to each and every compassionate listener … [and] demonstrates the power of owning your story and building on it.”
District Fray Feature
“Although it was a show filled with pains and lows, I felt an unrelenting beauty within how this journey was expressed. I loved the punk rock. And I loved the glam. But there’s nothing I loved more than Lisa blessing me with her truth. All Hail Queen Lisa.”
LISA STEPHEN FRIDAY (she/her/hers) is a singer, musician, and actor based in Washington, DC. From 2000-2006 Lisa led the NYC-based rock band Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday, which was a featured act at NYC’s most notorious rock club CBGB’s and one of the headlining acts at the monthly party Homocorp. Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday were also one of the few queer bands at the time that were being featured at Pride events around the country, where they shared the stage with bands such as The Psychedelic Furs, The Motels, and Pat Benatar. Prior to her years with Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday, Lisa worked as an actor and singer in NYC performing in numerous regional productions in theaters such as Goodspeed Opera House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Ordway Theater. In 1999, Lisa toured the country in the National Touring Company of The Buddy Holly Story. These days, you can often find Lisa at the Washington Ballet where she is dismantling her imposter syndrome of being a dancer, one failed pirouette at a time.
Trans Am marks Lisa’s debut as an author and playwright and she is thrilled and honored that The Keegan Theatre is so courageously taking on this project and understands the importance of having trans voices tell trans stories. It has been an incredible journey.