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Synopsis: Ben finds himself in 2012 in the midst of the Mendéz family as they help their transgender daughter, Gia, who dreams of playing on her high school basketball team. Magic and Jenn discover another piece of the puzzle of why Ben leapt in the first place.
Shakina is a celebrated actress and activist.
She initially made television history on NBC’s “Connecting” as the first transgender person to play a series regular on a network comedy.
She can also be seen in Amazon’s GLAAD Award Winning “Transparent Musicale Finale,” which she helped write and produce, and Hulu’s “Difficult People” as the iconic trans truther, Lola. Her play “Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club” premiered on Audible in 2020 in collaboration with Williamstown Theatre Festival and was recognized with a 2021 Drama League Award for Best Audio Theatre Production.
She is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, where she helped to develop hundreds of new musicals including Michael R. Jackson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning “A Strange Loop,” along with her own autobiographical glam rock odyssey, “Manifest Pussy.”
Recognitions include The Lilly Award for Working Miracles, Theatre Resources Unlimited Humanitarian Award, The Kilroys List, Logo 30, two-time Drama League fellow and two-time OUT 100 honoree
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