- PHOTO BY JACOB WALSH
- Comedian Penny Sterling rehearses "Someone No One Can See," a show with PUSH Physical Theatre that explores a turning point in her early life.
Penny Sterling, who calls herself a “storyteller,” “comedian,” and “dad” and proclaims her “penis to be the least interesting part of me,” is something of a late-bloomer. She burst onto the local performing arts scene in 2016 with “A Spy in the House of Men: A One-Woman Show With Balls,” in which she recounted her decades-long journey of transitioning from a man to a woman. The show played to sold-out audiences here before hitting the road, where critics around the country lauded Sterling’s gut-wrenching authenticity and comedic timing. Sterling has since kept busy churning out work that centers on her experiences as a trans woman, including “Someone No One Can See,” a piece she wrote and performed last year at Blackfriars Theatre in collaboration with dancers from PUSH Physical Theatre.
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