Adam Cormier is more than ready to jump into Hole in the Wall’s gender-bending, off-the-wall production of Lysistrata. An amateur drag queen, Adam has graced the stages as his alter ego Giganta Smalls. Giganta is described as “a large and in charge queen who brings funny to fashion. A performer at heart, Giganta is classy, sassy and a little bit nasty…Specializing in comedy, Giganta dabbles in the world of cosplay, so expect to see her bring many thick and juicy characters to life.”
“I came out of drag in utero,” said Adam. “I always put on my mom’s clothes. Then, I didn’t do it when I established myself as gay. That’s too gay. Then I was in my friend’s show Pope Fiction where I played Uma Thurman – that made me research more about the community…When I play a woman, I feel much more comfortable. “
Adam began studying acting when he was eleven. He went on to earn his BFA in Theater from Central CT State University. There, he participated in productions of Present Laughter, Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, and Pope Fiction.
“Performing gives me something to do,” he said. “I’m not really getting paid to perform, but that’s the goal. That’s the dream.”
For Adam, working on Lysistrata has been great, mostly because he gets to meet and work with different people. It’s also been great for him to work on a production that is so entrenched in the queer community.
“I am first and foremost a performer,” said Adam. “I can lip synch for my life, as well as deliver a punch line. My dream is to make people laugh and smile for as long as I can. I just happen to like wearing a dress while doing it.”
And Adam makes his presence known in the current HITW production. “I come out as a giant woman in a cape. Let’s party.”