by: Michael Premsrirat
directed by: Jon Lawrence Rivera


A Filipino boy wants nothing more than to be accepted for who he is. Forget that he likes wearing girls’ clothes to school and breaks out to do an impromptu Christina Aguilera song. That’s nothing compared to the trouble he is headed. A funny, heart-wrenching, sweet play about owning your self.

  • "... this is an auspicious debut of a knockout new play by a promising young playwright. “The Girl Most Likely To” is filled with humor, insight, and a Tennessee Williams–like gift for finding the poetic in the most unlikely places." Backstage
  • "This is truly break-through material, well-handled and exceptionally entertaining. You will be shocked, horrified, gratified and enlightened." Latin Heat
  • "The play is as funny as it is gut-wrenching. It focuses on the abuse of LGBT youth, a subject currently in the news. Jon Lawrence Rivera, who has many successes under his belt including Oedipus El Rey, one of the best plays and productions of 2011, has directed with a sure hand. He addresses the script with a realistic compassion and elicits good performances from his cast. Premsrirat has created some memorable characters, especially Mama Cid (who apparently really existed) who knows who and what he is." Blog Critics
  • "In Michael Premsrirat’s thoroughly engaging The Girl Most Likely To, an unnamed teenage Boy (a winning Tobit Raphael) is, and always has been, in the wrong body. Donning women’s clothes is so natural to him, that he puts on a wig, slips on a skimpy outfit (which shows off his comely young legs), and heads off to school. Because there is no discussion about the possible ramifications of this act, the spectator can safely assume that danger lies ahead for this brave lad. But The Boy’s outcome is not what this play is about. This is no preachy, moralistic, cautionary, coming-of-age tale about the travails of an adolescent transvestite; it’s a fascinating story in which Premsrirat’s well-drawn characters (both the good and bad guys) grapple with self-awareness and pride." Stage and Cinema
  • starring: Mandela Bellamy, Fran de Leon, Ramon de Ocampo, Nicholas Downs, Te Jay McGrath, Tobit Raphael, Eric Schulman and Matthew Thompson
  • scenic designer: John H. Binkley
  • lighting designer: Adam Blumenthal
  • costume designer: Mylette Nora
  • projection designer: Adam Flemming
  • sound designer: Bob Blackburn
  • casting director: Raul Clayton Staggs
  • stage manager: Jacklyn Kalkhurst
  • producer: Diane Levine

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