For 30 years my Dad thought he was a girl. This is the story of how he found himself. William Bouk, Age 8
Musical theater songs and spoken word follow Lizs journey as he searches for his true self. Through childhood, puberty, early marriage, childbirth, and young adult-hood, Liz perseveres and recklessly creates: all the while discovering a pattern of unconventional gender roles in his own life. Only at the end of the show, when Liz stops pretending to be a woman, do we encounter the fullest expression of himself.
Bouk, with the help of his friend playwright/librettist Bea Goodwin, curated a collection of his journal entries, photos, paintings, and memories for a theatrical one-man show. It was important to the creative team to write an artistic piece of healing that also challenges how gender roles confine us all.
From hiding up in a tree to jumping into the Erie Canal to an obsessive crush on a Disney character to panic in womens dressing rooms to potty training in his 30s, Liz tells his story with grace and humor.
THE CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM
Script Co-Written by Bea Goodwin & Mr. Liz Bouk
Elizabeth Anna Dromgold-Bouk and Liz Bouk played by Mr. Liz Bouk
Special Guests: Dan Bouk, William Bouk, Grandma Bill (1913-2006)
Collaborative Pianist: Kathryn Olander
Director: Bea Goodwin
Stage Manager: Nicholle Bittlingmeyer
Set Design: Maria Torffield
Lighting Design: Luther Frank
Photos: Walter F. Rodriguez