The storyline marks the first time a daytime serial has chronicled the coming-out saga of a transgendered character.
Carlson plays the biologically born Zarf, who, according to press notes, "becomes a larger than life rock star persona, hiding her true need to become female. This is the story of that journey, touching the lives of many characters in Pine Valley. Zarf initially connects with and shares her struggles with Bianca (Eden Riegel), whose own life experiences in coming out as a lesbian, leads to her own education, acceptance and compassion. Later, Zarf begins to develop additional relationships within the community, especially with Babe Chandler (Alexa Havins)."
The hour-long drama airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV Channel 7, from 1-2 PM ET; check local listings.
About the new storyline "All My Children" executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers said in a recent statement, "'All My Children' has a long standing commitment to telling socially relevant stories that entertain and inform. Viewers can expect a heartfelt story between two people who share a common ground, yet learn about inherent differences and understanding. At its core, this is a story of acceptance and love."
Damon Romine, entertainment media director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), added, "Telling the story of a character’s transition from male to female is groundbreaking television. 'All My Children' has a track record of telling honest and important storylines, and we applaud them for their commitment to telling Zarf’s story with compassion and integrity." Jeffrey Carlson's Broadway credits include Taboo, Tartuffe and The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? He was seen at the McCarter Theatre in the title role of Emily Mann's production of Romeo and Juliet and in their recent mounting of Candida; his other theatrical credits include Bach at Leipzig, Lorenzaccio, The Miracle Worker, Thief River, Manuscript and Sodom and Gomorrah.
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