Standards of Care

standardsbannerPhotos: Claire Avitabile, 2008

“Arguably the best play yet written about female-to-male (FTM) transgender life.” – John Townsend, Lavender Magazine.

Nancy is a therapist who specializes in transgender clients. David is a transgender man who needs a letter from a therapist in order to pursue genital surgery. Both of them are taken by surprise when their relationship threatens to expand beyond the boundaries of what is appropriate for a therapist and her client. Meanwhile, Nancy ‘s 16 year old “daughter,” Jessica, is beginning to discover his own transgender identity: Jason. When Nancy refuses to accept that her own rhinestone-loving child could be trans, Jason looks for support at the local LGBT youth center and finds a supportive mentor in David. What will happen when Nancy ‘s two worlds collide? Standards of Care is a harsh and honest exploration of some of the realities that face the trans community.

Production Requirements
Cast: 2 women, 1 teenage girl, 1 transitioned FTM (could be played by a male actor), 1 teenage FTM (could be played by a female actor)
Setting: various interior home and office, can be suggested.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission.
Contains strong language and sexual situations.

Please contact Toby if you are interested in producing this work.

StageQ Tackles the Transgender Experience in ‘Standards of Care’ by Aaron R. Conklin
Madison Magazine, September 18, 2014

High Standards by Tynan Power
Bay Windows, Wednesday Oct 1, 2008

20% Theatre Hits the Valley for Standards of Care by Tynan Power
The Rainbow Times, October 2008

2008 Theatre Year in Review by John Townsend
Lavender Magazine

“Absolute Brightness” & “Standards of Care” with Dixie Treichel
This Way Out (radio program): July 7, 2008

Play lovingly explores FTM Transmen identityby Lydia Howell
KFAI Radio – June 14, 2008

Standards of Care: A witty view of a trans-formation by Lindsay Wilson
The Rainbow Times January 2008

Production History

September 5-20, 2014Madison, WI

World Premiere Production
20% Theatre Company Twin Cities
June 6 – 15, 2008
Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis
October 2 – 4, 2008
Smith College – Northampton, MA
University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA

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