My Pregnant Brother / My Playwright Sister by Johanna Nutter
Written With James Diamond (My Playwright Sister)
My Pregnant Brother/My Playwright Sister is a play followed by a play about the play. it's a play on words: a play about the power of and trajectory of words, an afterplay and an interplay.
The first half traces Johanna Nutter’s shifting caretaker identity while her brother James (who is trans) was coming to terms with his pregnancy. It was an interpretation of events that did not correspond to Diamond’s personal truth. Although he recognized her right to express her version of events, he wished for a more balanced account.
Johanna and James deconstructed My Pregnant Brother and reassembled it into a more complete package; one that illuminates not only Diamond’s side of the story, but the sibling dynamic as well. All the while asking the question: can two different interpretations of the same experience be equally valid? Is it possible to be both right and wrong at the same time?
Keywords: Transgender, Pregnancy, Montreal