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


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.

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





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. 💖 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.


  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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