Written and Performed by Veronica Carey Mathews Directed and Developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson
Winner of the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award, Pick of the Fringe Honorable Mention and Nominated for Best World Premiere, Best Solo Show, and Solo Splash Award. Veronica Carey Matthews navigates this show as she (Veronica) narrates the story of her previous identity (Carey) and his journey into transitioning. Having struggled for years on the Hollywood scene, Carey was starting to make some strides as an actor and a performer. He did a one-man show, he directed, he won some local awards…things were slowly moving upward until he got in his own way. As his life started to fall apart, Carey had to make some changes; and while change was in the air, an even bigger life “transition” was afoot. AWARDS: Winner: Hollywood Fringe Festival 2021 Encore Producers Award & Diversity Scholarship Honorable Mention: Pick of the Fringe Nominated: HFF21 Best World Premiere, Best Solo Show, & Solo Splash Award. Official Selection: Women’s Voices Festival - NAMBA Arts Space (Ventura) & Binge Fringe Festival - Santa Monica Playhouse REVIEWS “Eye-opening and entertaining from start to finish” -Shari Barrett (BroadwayWorld/Culver City News) “...Amazingly lighthearted, even funny, without losing its genuine power” -Zahir Blue (Night Tinted Glasses) “Told through humor with an educational narrative, “TransSetter” is entertaining and unique” -Kat Kramer (Hollywood’s Master Storytellers) “I left this seamless show believing it will save lives” -Constance Strickland (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) Writer-performer Veronica Carey Matthews is a late-bloomer in many ways, but specifically when it comes to theatre. She spent her youth in the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on other endeavors and didn't start seriously performing until she moved from there to Los Angeles. She did stand-up, commercials, film, improv, sketch comedy, and even made a hip-hop album, but didn't do her first real play until several years later. Since then, she's latched on with Theatre Unleashed, starring in shows like Only The Moon Howls and It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play as well as performing at past Hollywood Fringe Festivals in shows such as A Feast of Snacks (2016 nominee for "Best Musical"), Three Can Keep A Secret (2017 nominee for "Best Ensemble"), and A Very Die Hard Christmas (2018 winner for "Best Comedy"). She has also directed several plays and performed her first solo show Back Off Track: The Saga of a Quitter in 2016.