AUBURN – UU Theater will present “Looking for Normal” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, at the First Universalist Church. The show, written by Jane Anderson, is about a mid-Western factory worker who stuns his wife of 25 years by revealing he wishes to change gender.

Roy’s wife (played by Jackie Oliveri) initially wants to separate from Roy (Ed Baldridge). Their daughter, played by Emilie Brooks, is more accepting, but their son, portrayed by Duncan Charles, struggles with his parent’s transition. Facing ostracism from his parents (Anita Charles and Jephthah Peters) and his minister (Nathan White), Roy finds connection with his long-lost grandmother (Araminta Matthews), who abandoned Roy’s father because she didn’t want a traditional role as a woman. In the end, Roy’s family discovers that love transcends gender and life goes on.

UU Theater has presented “Hidden: A Gender,” “When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet” and “Vagina Monologues” on the church’s stage. “Looking for Normal” is being directed by Araminta Matthews with Charlotte Lehmann as assistant director, Toby Haber as producer and Pat Phillips as house director.

Due to mature themes and strong language, no one under 13 will be admitted without parent or guardian.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors with special rates for groups of eight or more. Tickets will be available at the door. First Universalist Church is at 169 Pleasant St. For more information, call 783-0461 or check out www.auburn.org.


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