Portrait of a female avatar who represents a young, fashionable African American woman

Stephanie

This is a recording of my first public reading.

Stephanie is the story of an African-American trans-woman
who falls in love with a white sailor in the late 1960’s.

Stephanie is womanly so the sailor is shocked when Stephanie
explains that her birth name is Stephen; the young sailor searches
his soul and decides he’ll pay for a sex change.

This recording is my performance of Stephanie’s story of her transition.

There is no hard copy of Stephanie.

After the reading, I decided I hated the monologue, and destroyed it.

Stephanie
Written and performed by Rob Goldstein
(c) Rob Goldstein 1984- 2016 all rights reserved

 

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16 thoughts on “Stephanie

  1. These must be like “found treasure” for you. It’s amazing that you don’t remember doing these. You were really good at it…a very compelling voice and a great storyteller. đź’– Have fun exploring these, and thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Thank you, Josh. I wa nervous that night because it was my first professional gig and my mentor was in the audience. I’m working on a clip from a performance 2 years later and there is a noticeable difference in quality.

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  2. To hear your voice telling this story I would imagine would be a really cool finding!!!
    Do you remember where this was? Sounds like a lot of people were there.

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    1. Yes…but also exciting. The tapes are from 1984 through 1992 and I can hear the writing and the confidence in performance evolve. It’s odd to known that the person on these tapes is me and to wonder how I ever had the ability to stand in front of an audience and perform.

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