Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Transgender Actor Scores Unlikely Fans

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One transgender theater actor is getting rave reviews from some unlikely fans.

Actor Scott Turner Schofield – a man who was born a woman – creates and performs edgy theater about gender and sexuality in the Deep South, and has been getting kudos for his work from diverse audiences.

Schofield explains, “Many people have been receptive to my work, but the most shocking has been the mainstream support from frat boys and sorority girls! It’s great that they’re fans because that means my work isn’t just ‘queer theater.’ Gender is a lens I see well through, and everyone can relate to it.”

Part of the appeal of Schofield’s acts may be his choice of fabulous costumes, which shock – and sometimes distress – his fashion-conscious spectators.

He explains, “In my piece called Debutante Balls, I wear everything from cheesy tuxedo T-shirts to a leopard print dress that I actually wore to my high school homecoming. People freak out because I transform myself from a man to a pretty nice looking lady, but the label queens in the audience cringe at my outfits. They definitely want to take me shopping after the show!”

Schofield will be honored at The Princess Grace Awards in New York on October 25, where he’ll receive the Gant Gaither Theater Award, a coveted theater fellowship.

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