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.
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 back 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.