by Sean Dorsey Dance

Photos: Lydia Daniller

“lush, expansive dance … poignant”

“a visually stunning, emotionally rich, and profoundly timely examination of masculinity and gender by one of the nation’s most visionary choreographers”
(Bay Times)

“poignant … Dorsey’s signature mix of happiness, heartbreak, confessional dialogue, salty language, goofy humor and gorgeous partnering”
(San Francisco Chronicle)



Dates: Thurs-Sat March 14-16, 2019
Times: Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 4pm (with ASL interpretation)
Saturday 8pm (15th Anniversary Gala post-show reception)
Venue: Z Space
450 Florida Street @ 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(venue and restrooms are wheelchair accessible;  venue has all-gender restrooms)
Tickets: Thur + Fri 8pm: $15-$30 sliding scale
Sat 4pm with ASL: $10-$30 sliding scale
Sat 8pm 15th Anniversary Gala: $20-50 sliding scale
Walk-up tickets: no one turned away for lack of funds (cash only, please).
(ID is not required for ticket purchase or pick-up)


SATURDAY 4PM: ASL Interpretation — please email us to let us know you’re coming!
SATURDAY 8PM: 15th Anniversary GALA Performance & Reception!
ALL SHOWS: Pre- & Post-show receptions every night with DJ Frida Ibarra, photo booth, drinks & dancing!


JOIN US to celebrate Sean Dorsey Dance’s 15th Anniversary season! Fresh Meat Productions is proud to present the return of BOYS IN TROUBLE to San Francisco for one weekend only as part of a 20-city tour. Tickets for this anniversary event will sell quickly: advance tickets are recommended.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is a timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity – these powerful dances place a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is a fusion of full-throttle dance, risk-taking theater, raw emotion, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering and intimate storytelling … all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature technical precision, guts and deep humanity.

In turns powerful, explosive, irreverent, devastatingly honest, sensual and humorous, BOYS IN TROUBLE is a groundbreaking trans and queer examination of American masculinity’s deep roots in Trouble.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is performed by: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse and Will Woodward. Original music composed by: Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Anomie Belle and LD Brown. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets. Costume Design by Tiffany Amundson. Technical Direction by Emily Paulson.

Dorsey created BOYS IN TROUBLE over a 2-year period, after visiting communities across the US where he hosted community forums on Masculinity, recorded interviews, and taught free movement workshops for transgender, gender-non-conforming, cisgender, gay, bi, and queer people on the masculine spectrum.

Note: performance includes profanity and some themes of violence.

Sean Dorsey is celebrated as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer. His works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Sean Dorsey Dance has toured to 30 cities across the US and internationally.

BOYS IN TROUBLE will tour to 20 cities across the US and internationally through 2021.  Contact us  to bring this work to your city or with inquiries.

BOYS IN TROUBLE – Community Sponsors:
San Francisco AIDS FoundationLavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)​TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)OpenhouseSan Francisco Women Against RapeCommunity United Against ViolenceTRANS:THRIVE, The Shanti Project, SF LGBT Center.




Legal identification (ID) is not required to purchase or pick up tickets. All restrooms are all-gender and wheelchair accessible.

Z Space is a wheelchair accessible theater with a ramp into the building, and level rolling access within the theater. Seating is provided on floor level for people using wheelchairs and scooters, as well as anyone who cannot climb stairs (there are stairs starting at row 2 to the back of the theater). All tickets are general seating: accessible seating will always be made available upon request at the door — it’s very helpful if you can email us ahead of time to let us know what accommodations you need: please email us at least 3 days in advance:

All bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and designated as all-gender.

The Saturday, March 16 4pm matinee performance will be ASL interpreted by Pilar Marsh and Mo Clark; reserved ASL seating will be available. It’s helpful if you can please let us know if you need ASL reserved seating: please email us

Although we cannot guarantee a completely scent free space, our goal is to make our events as fragrance-free as possible for the health and safety of performers, audience, staff, and volunteers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS.)

* Scent-reduced seating will be available – It’s very helpful if you can email us ahead of time to let us know you need scent-reduced reserved seating: please email us at least 3 days in advance:

* Bathroom products at Z Space will be fragrance free

If you have any other access requests or questions please email




BOYS IN TROUBLE  20-City Tour Calendar

University of Southern California - Visions & Voices (Los Angeles, CA)February 8, 2020
New York Live Arts (New York, NY)January 12-14, 2020
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)November 14-15, 2019
Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)October 17-20, 2019
Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)September 27, 2019
7 Stages (Atlanta, GA)September 12-15, 2019
Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)May 17-18, 2019
Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI)April 11, 2019
Z Space - Sean Dorsey Dance’s 15th Anniversary Season (San Francisco, CA)March 14-16, 2019
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)Feb 11-15, 2019
APAP showcase at Live Artery @ New York Live Arts (New York, NY)January 6, 2019
Young Auditorium (Whitewater, WI)October 16, 2018
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern (Stockholm, Sweden)August 2, 2018
Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)July 12-14, 2018
Dance Place (Washington, DC)May 19-20, 2018
Reston Arts Center (Reston, VA)May 16, 2018
Z Space (San Francisco, CA)April 19-21, 2018


BOYS IN TROUBLE was created with generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), National Performance Network, California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Fleishhacker Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

BOYS IN TROUBLE was commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington, DC), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI), 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA) and the Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA).