How does a family find its balance when one of its members suddenly reveals a gender identity that challenges their equilibrium? In Summer’s Different, the audience, in a single row of 100 seats encircling the stage, watches the intimate struggle of three generations coming to terms with this transformation.
“Tamar Rogoff’s choreography is bold and true to her fantastic vision”
-Metro New York
Tamar Rogoff is a choreographer and emerging filmmaker who has presented performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, and La MaMa. She choreographed for Claire Danes and coached her in the Emmy Award-winning HBO movie Temple Grandin. She is a four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, VSA, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Choreography by Tamar Rogoff
Music by Beo Morales
Lighting by Joe Lavasseur
Costumes – Garo Sparo
Stage Manager – Chimmy Gunn
Cast includes Brandin Steffenson, Emily Pope Blackman, Peter Schmitz, Deborah Gladstein, Emma Lee and Annabel Sexton Daldry
Words from Tamar Rogoff:
Summer’s Different, began to take shape with gender identity as its main theme after I read an article in the New York Times by Ruth Padawer on parenting gender fluid children. In the beautiful faces and words of these children I realized the incredible fortitude and courageousness of anyone, any age, seeking validation within their own solitary soul, when everything and everyone would prefer that their reality correspond to the status quo. Conversations with people from the trans community helped us in the creation of our characters by revealing their own transitions. Our advisor, Jean Malpas, Director of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute, brought us still deeper into the subject. As our knowledge grows we are unfolding the ways we can discern and affirm our differences as well as our universality. I started this journey with an interest in gender identity, but months later, in the studio, the essence and intricacies of love and family have become the heart of the production.