TeCo Theatrical Productions presents In The Tall Grass
TeCo’s 23rd year anniversary season will be modified to include In The Tall Grass, a verbatim play by British playwright Paul Kalburgi. The play will replace the PlayPride LGBT Competition, which will return in 2018.
In The Tall Grass is a verbatim play written in response to the murder of Shade Schuler, a 22-year-old transgender woman whose decomposed body was found dumped in a field in the Medical District of Dallas in July 2015. Shade’s story is set against the backdrop of wider atrocities across the U.S., which saw at least 23 trans or gender-nonconforming people murdered in 2015 alone – more than the total number of trans murders than in any other year that advocates have recorded.
In the wake of Shade's murder, the play focuses on a community who was left asking why, and fearing who could be next. Told through first-hand testimonies of transgender women of color in Dallas, In The Tall Grass explores the circumstances which force many of them to exist in the underworld, ignored by society, cut off from support and legal systems, and condemned for what is ironically known as "survival sex work."