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‘EARNEST’ ACTOR TALKS BEING TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NORMS IN THEATER

Radcliffe Adler performs as Lady Bracknell during the dress rehearsal for The Importance of Being Earnest in the Kogod Theatre. Adler is a senior theatre performance major and Erasable Inc. alumni. (Cassie Osvatics via UMD Writer's Bloc)

By Raye Weigel  | UMD Writer's Bloc

"Radcliffe Adler, a senior theatre major, transitioned from female to male when he was 19. In the upcoming play at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, he has been cast as a woman: Lady Bracknell, a trying and sassy aunt. He swoops onto stage in a purple and silver flowing dress and feather hat.

"He explained any production by Oscar Wilde is going to be inherently queer. He sees the play as a homage to Wilde, whom he described as a gay man living in the 1900s. 

" 'It was empowering to be a transgender theatre artist and to be cast in a very queer and subversive role it’s like, yeah, absolutely that’s my role, that role was made for me,' Adler said."

Read the rest of the review at UMD Writer's Bloc.

Photo: Radcliffe Adler performs as Lady Bracknell during the dress rehearsal for The Importance of Being Earnest in the Kogod Theatre. Adler is a senior theatre performance major and Erasable Inc. alumni. (Cassie Osvatics via UMD Writer's Bloc)

Date of Publication: 
2/9/17