Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

by  Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  3m, 3f

Critic's Pick! "A sweetheart of a musical." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Southern Comfort follows the last year of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia, as he is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He surrounds himself with his chosen family, who are predominantly transgender, as they share monthly potluck meals. Like any family, they have their own trials and tribulations, but ultimately they all seek acceptance for who they are in their own skin.
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CRITICS PICK! "A sweetheart of a musical." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Beautiful and heartfelt show...bring the family." - Deadline, Read More 


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  • Public Theater's Southern Comfort montage
  • In conversation with the writers and director of Southern Comfort
  • Barrington Stage Southern Comfort highlights
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking



  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Spring – Winter 1998.  Toccoa and Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Musical Style: Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small


3m, 3f
ROBERT - F to M transgender man:  A wiry, ‘electric’ man in his 50’s.  He has the ability to seem like a wide-eyed child and a wise old prophet all at once.    
LOLA - M to F transgender woman: A tall, broad shouldered woman; somewhat uncomfortable in her own skin.  Professionally she still assumes the identity of John. (Mid 40s)
JACKSON - F to M transgender man:  A little elf of man; full of warmth and mischief but struggling with a deep resentment and anger at the world around him.  (Late 30s/early 40s) 
CARLY - M to F transgender woman:  Jackson’s girlfriend.  A naughty catholic school boy turned naughty catholic school girl; tough, feminine and confident. (Late 20s/early 30s)
SAM - F to M transgender man:  A hefty, introverted man.  He might almost be intimidating, were it not for his extremely gentle and somewhat sad demeanor. (Late 30s/early 40s)
MELANIE - F woman:  Sam’ wife .  Spirited and full of good humor but apprehensive of the world around her. (Early/mid 40s) 
THE STORYTELLERS - An onstage folk band that serves as the ‘orchestra’ and storytellers for the show; acting as all the characters in the piece aside from the primary six.  They are the passing time and the changing seasons, Robert’s parents, the haunting voices of his doctors and so on.  They serve as the storytelling backbone to our ‘Modern-Day Folk Tale’ while also embodying the environment/atmosphere/world around our primary characters – both physically and musically.  
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Multicultural casting


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Julianne Wick Davis

Julianne Wick Davis

Dan Collins

Dan Collins

Southern Comfort premiered at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA in July 2015 under the direction of Thomas Caruso.

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