'Superman Becomes Lois Lane' Susan Kimberly, 1983


Superman Becomes Lois Lane

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Feb. 8-29
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 9-March 1
2 p.m.
LGBTQ, Theater

Autobiographical drama Superman Becomes Lois Lane tells the trailblazing true story of Susan Kimberly. Making its world premiere at the History Theatre, the Laura Leffler-directed staging follows a prominent St. Paul City Council member as she comes to acknowledge her painfully repressed yearning to be a woman, and sets out to make a formal transition in 1983. Refusing to be shamed by the narrow-minded and intolerant people around her, Kimberly persevered in her new identity, setting an example as the first transgender woman to serve as a deputy mayor of a major U.S. city. Having first been workshopped as part of History Theatre’s Raw Stages in 2019, this fully realized debut stars Freya Richman, and celebrates the bravery of anyone faced with reconciling the person they’ve been with the person they hope to someday become.