Trans World

By Ty Defoe

Directed by Santiago Iacinti

July 23, 2024

7:30pm EST

at Philadelphia Theatre Company

This reading is produced in partnership with Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, and with our community partner We Are the Seeds.


Trans World follows the story of six transgender and non-binary folks temporarily living together as part of a new reality TV show. The lines between reality and make believe become blurred as people stop being polite and start getting real. Inspired by MTV’s 90‘s reality shows, Defoe brings an abundance of heart and humor to the story which explores the power of self expression vs colonialism exploitation.


Ty Defoe is a citizen of the Anishinaabe and Oneida Nation and is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. As a sovereign story trickster, Ty has earned the Robert Rauschenberg, MacDowell, Sundance, and Kennedy Center’s Next 50 fellowships and awards for the Jonathan Larson, Grammy, and Helen Merrill Playwriting. Read, Firebird Tattoo in Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays for the Stage published by Bloomsbury. Ty creates work with rural communities, Broadway productions, and in the metaverse, fostering relations for indigenous and decolonial futures. Ty/He/We is a professor practicing in ACMR at ASU.

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