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The Transparent actor on why she is ‘supposed to be dead, not making history in Wicked’.

In January 2020, Transparent actor Alexandra Billings will make history as the first openly trans actor to star in Wicked. She will play Madame Morrible, a leading role in the Stephen Schwartz’s musical that transports audiences to the world of Oz and asks them to rediscover the story of The Wizard of Oz. Speaking to GAY TIMES as the news of her historic casting is announced, Alexandra revealed that this tale has been part of her life since she was a kid – making it quite the full circle moment.

“I saw The Wizard of Oz and my life did change because it’s about the everyman’s journey,” she explains. “It’s about owning your own power and chosen family. It’s about traversing the dark into the light and knowing there are gifts in both.” And while it has personal significance, the Transparent actor knows that her visibility as “the brown trans lady in the show” will begin conversations for audience members and families, giving trans youth somebody “to point at and look at”.

“I’m not just the first to do whatever, the conversation is now opening in a way that is brand new,” Alexandra explains. “Everyone who comes to see Wicked, so grandparents, uncles, cousins and kids that are seven through to 90. In the cab or uber or train home, somebody is going to have to have a conversation about the brown trans lady in the show. That’s extraordinary and that surpasses my ego, that surpasses the role, that surpasses the show itself. I’m not talking about making a political statement but opening a dialogue with people who most likely would not have the chance to speak.”

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