A new musical about the transgender mayor of Silverton, Ore., is part of the 2013 slate at Seattle's Intiman Theatre. "Stu for Silverton" is based on the life and political career of Stu Rasmussen, who was born a man and still identifies mainly as a man, but who has had breast implants and dresses as a woman.
Rasmussen was elected mayor of the town in 1988 and 1990 when he still dressed as a man, and then in 2008 under his new transgendered identity; he was reelected in 2010 and again this November.
"Stu for Silverton" will be one of four productions at the Intiman's 2013 summer "festival" -- a format that the company has adopted since emerging from a financial crisis early this year.
The Intiman, which had a reputation as one of the country's leading regional theaters, declared a financial emergency in 2011 and was able to remain in business thanks to a pledge drive that raised $1 million.