THE CHILDREN'S PLAY Is A Weird, Whimsical Look At Trauma, Trans Identity, And Mental Illness

THE CHILDREN'S PLAY Is A Weird, Whimsical Look At Trauma, Trans Identity, And Mental IllnessThe Children's Play follows the Prince of the Oceans, a mercurial melancholy being, and their interactions with Girl, the Fool, and the Hideous Monster, each of whom embody additional symptoms of mental health. These four main characters explore a strange, bleak world on a confusing and ultimately irrelevant quest.

This play is intended for an adult audience, and is inspired by eclectic art forms like mime, commedia dell'arte, dance, and puppetry. The Children's Play blends those styles together into a visually striking moving painting that explores gender, trauma, mental illness, and identity around a loose and whimsical narrative.

The Children's Play is art created for, by, and with queer, trans, and non-binary people. Immanuel Elliott directs a cast that includes Khadija Siddiqui, Addison Sharpe, Ming Hsu, Ally Van Siclen, Ari Shapiro, and Riley Jay Davis. Dustin Bailey serves as stage manager. That means this important work features an transgender or otherwise non-binary cast of brilliant actors and movement artists ready to take you on an unexpected journey. Please note this show is not explicitly an actual children's show.


The play will be at the Phoenix Theater on March 2-4th and 9-11th. All shows at 7:30 PM except Sunday matinees, which are at 3:00 PM. Tickets to The Children's Play are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for a regular show, and features two Pay-What-You-Can performances on Sunday matinees. Please e-mail gadflytheatre@gmail.com for more ticket information or visit us at our website or Brown Paper Tickets page.

About Gadfly Theatre Productions: Gadfly Theatre Productions is in their eighth season of radically queer and feminist art. Gadfly seeks to break binaries and establish community with their work, and to prove that all marginalized people deserve a voice, a stage, and a story they can relate to. Gadfly Theatre Productions produces two mainstage shows a year, a geeky one-act festival in the summer, and several special events like their ongoing Drunk Queer History series and it's sister show, Sober Queer History.


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