Always A Boy
by Ground Floor Theatre

Feb. 15 - Feb. 04

Always a Boy centers on a boy named Joshua and his mother, Rachel, as they prepare for another big family wedding day. They reminisce about the last family wedding when Joshua began his gender journey alongside his sister’s matrimony journey. Gender, binary thinking, and previously unspoken pain come to a head as the pair face the blunt truth of Joshua’s struggle. 

Age Recommendation: Thirteen and up.  

Review by Cat McCarrey, Austin Chronicle, February 23, 2024


Inspired by the bestselling 2020 memoir “Never a Girl, Always a Boy” by award-winning author Jo Ivester, this new work tells a family’s journey and a coming-out story with humor and warmth. Honest and hard-hitting, Always A Boy shares the tough moments as well as the joyful ones with a story of acceptance in a family that always knew how to love, but needed to learn how to accept. 

Before making its world premiere at Ground Floor Theatre, Always a Boy had a recent industry presentation on October 13, 2023 in New York City under the direction of Tony-Award winning producer JJ Maley (A Strange Loop), with dramaturg and creative consultant Mika Kauffman.  

“Words cannot express the feeling of seeing our play – inspired by our family's real-life journey – premiere at Ground Floor Theatre. My hope is that through sharing our story, my son Jeremy and I can contribute to the growing awareness of what it means to be Trans,” said author and playwrightJo Ivester. 

"Storytelling is a powerful way to combat prejudice. About a Boy is an adaptation of my story and transition,” said playwright Jeremy Ivester. “It’s easy to dehumanize and hate what you don't understand, and my hope is that the play shows just how human I am -- that we are just people and therefore deserving of love and respect and the ability to exist in this world."

The cast includes Jeremy Ivester as Joshua, Laura Leo Kelly as College Joshua, Kaden Ono as Young Joshua, Molly Fonseca as Rachel, Nathan Jerkins as Richard, Max Green as Seth, Chelsea Corwin as Becca, and Trace Turner as Tucker. 

With direction by Lisa Scheps, the production team includes assistant director Jane Johnson, scenic design by CB Feller, lighting design byJacqueline Sindelar, costume design by Jana Zek, prop design and set dressing by Liz Tyson, intimacy director Andy Grapko, technical direction by Demitri Bellini, graphic design by Kairos Looney with Maxine Dillon as Production Stage Manager.

Always A Boy | February 15 – March 2, 2024


Written by Jo Ivester and Jeremy Ivester | Directed by Lisa Scheps

Assistant Direction by Jane Johnson | Scenic Design by CB Feller | Lighting Design by Jacqueline Sindelar | Costume Design by Jana Zek | Properties Design and Set Dressing by Liz Tyson | Intimacy Director Andy Grapko | Technical Direction by Demitri Bellini | Production Stage Manager Maxine Dillon


Always A Boy
by Jo Ivester & Jeremy Ivester
Ground Floor Theatre

February 15 - February 04, 2024
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702
.Performances are February 15 – March 2, 2024 at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, Suite 122, Austin, TX at the corner of Springdale and Airport.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30PM and Sundays at 5:00PM. The “First Friday” performance on February 17 includes a reception.
Streaming performances will be available February 29 & March 1.
Ground Floor Theatre believes in “theatre for everyone” regardless of ability to pay, so tickets are always Pay What You Can. Suggested ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP. VIP seating includes a reserved seat, a glass of bubbly and the assurance of helping GFT keep the Pay What You Can policy. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at