By Lara Rae


Presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba and the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.

In this original and poetic new work, Lara Rae tells the raw and heartfelt story of her half century long (and counting) gender odyssey. Two actors, one male, one female, illuminate the inner life of a trans woman from her Scottish childhood in the 1960’s to the present day.  Stripping away the visual cues that both define and imprison transgender people, the female actor plays Lara when she lived as a male and the male actor plays Lara following her gender transition. Matching our inside to our outside is always hard. For trans people it’s often a matter of life and death.  Combining elements of Greek Theatre with lyrical writing and gut wrenching comedy, Dragonfly is a call to all of us to forge creativity from chaos.


Dragonfly began as a commission from TPM for the Carol Shields Festival of New Works at PTE in 2010.  Titled “One Man’s Show Starring Sarah Constible” the 30 minute one-act piece was a “gender autobiography” of the comedian Al Rae.  In 2015, Lara began reworking the material; adding a second act dealing with her transition, surgery, and the settling into her new (happier) life.  The final result is the full length play Dragonfly.


Lara Rae is an award winning TV and radio writer, performer and host. She has written and produced for several CBC comedy and drama programs including Afghanada, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Monsoon House, ReVision Quest and DNTO. In 2016, Lara became the first transgender person to host a national CBC news program when she guest hosted The Current. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and a 30 year veteran of stand-up comedy.

Venue: Rachel Browne Theatre

Director: Ardith Boxall

Dramaturge: Brian Drader