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March 15 - March 18

Shiva Theater

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This season, Public Studio is giving audiences a chance to discover bold work from early-career playwrights. 

Max is a trans guy who recently transitioned, and to celebrate, the men of his family decide to throw him a big Super Bowl party. But what if the guys in his family aren’t the kind of men he wants to be? MJ Kaufman’s MASCULINITY MAX is an irreverent comedy that follows Max as he stumbles through dating, navigates trouble with roommates, and boosts his career at the bike cooperative, all while struggling with the gender traps he once fought against.

From playwright MJ Kaufman, a recent alum of the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, and director Dustin Wills comes MASCULINITY MAX, a new comedy that explores how to live as a man and still be a good person.

Public Studio was founded with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Time Warner Foundation. Continued support for Public Studio is provided by The Time Warner Foundation

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Written by MJ Kaufman
Directed by Dustin Wills

Featuring Ty Defoe, Patrena MurrayShakina Nayfack, Mary Neufeld, Aneesh Sheth, and Luke Zimmerman

Scenic Design by Kimie Nishikawa
Costume Design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene
Lighting Design by Kate McGee 
Sound Design by Emma Wilk