Kathleen Turner to star in play about lesbians undergoing gender reassignment
Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner has been cast a new play exploring transgender issues.
The iconic actress, who starred in hits including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ as well as cult John Waters comedy ‘Serial Mom’, has been cast in the upcoming off-Broadway play ‘Would You Still Love Me If…’.
The story focusses on a lesbian couple who are expecting a baby together – when one of them begins considering gender transition.
Turner will play the mother of the person considering transition, as they struggle with their identity, contemplating reassignment surgery.
The play also stars Rebecca Brooksher and Sofia Jean, and was was penned by playwright John S Anastasi.
Turner – who famously guest-starred on Friends as Chandler Bing’s cross-dressing father – pursued the role herself after hearing the details, according to Anastasi.
The playwright credited French lesbian romance ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ as his inspiration for the film, telling the New York Times: “About a year ago, I was down in the Village, and I went to see ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’.
“I was moved by the relationship of these two women, and was pondering if there was anything that could change their love.
“For some reason, it crossed my mind – what if one of them decided they wanted to physically change? That was the germ of the idea.”
R&B singer Deborah Cox will also appear in the play as a surgeon.