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Chicago Premiere

January 10 – March 18, 2018

Boy explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love. In the 1960s, a surgical accident causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl. Although Adam transitions back to a male identity at age 14, the repercussions of his parents’ choice continue to reverberate as those involved struggle to connect with each other and themselves, stuck between hope for the future and uncertainty about the past.

The story follows Adam as a young adult in the 1980s finding love for the first time, with glimpses of his childhood that provide a window into what it’s like to grow up in an identity that doesn’t fit.

TimeLine brings Chicago its first view of this “insightful, gut-wrenching, and beautiful play” that is “dazzlingly, deliciously alive from start to finish” (Talkin’ Broadway), and that “has both the white hot issue of gender identity and the simple fact that it’s very, very good in its favor” (Huffington Post).

Runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

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Production Team


* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Discussions & Events

  • MyLine Preview Pizza Party: BOY
    Thursday, January 11 at 6:45 pm

    Pizza, drinks and a special pre-show discussion before BOY.

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  • Opening Night Celebration: BOY
    Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Opening Night for this Chicago Premiere, the third production of our 2017-18 Season.

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  • BOY: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal post-show discussion with members of the BOY production team and cast.

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  • BOY: PRE-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal pre-show sneak peek into BOY with members of the production team.

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  • Open Captioned Performance of BOY
    Saturday, November 18 at 4pm

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • BOY: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, February 11

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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  • BOY: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, February 25

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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