Posts Tagged ‘ Hedwig and the Angry Inch ’
BY Matthew Lawrence
Tonight, Wednesday, at 5:30pm, join a group of queer-thinking curators for a panel discussion at Perishable Theater called Into The Void: Nurturing a Queer Canon. It’s moderated by occasional Dose contributor Micah Salkind and features Elmo Terry-Morgan, producer of The Black Lavender Experience at Brown; Noah Anacleto and Sarah Kern, the forces behind Paint It Pink; and, um, me.
It’s another humanities event tied in to Perishable’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which, uh, I won’t be seeing until Thursday but which is supposed to be really good. (NB: I am the worst blogger/panelist ever.)
The panel’s free and open to the public.
Into The Void: Nurturing A Queer Canon
95 Empire St
BY Micah Salkind
To extend the conversation that started last weekend during previews of Perishable’s production of John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Perishable, in partnership with Rhode Island Council For the Humanities, The Rhode Island Foundation’s Equity Action Fund and The New England Foundation for the Arts, is presenting two ‘Humanities Bridge’ panels.
The first of these two panels, “When The Words Fail Us: Art and Trans Identities” happens today, Wednesday April 21 at 5:30 pm in Perishable’s black box space on Empire Street. Below is text that gives some context for the conversation:
When identities are fluid, it makes sense that vocabularies used to describe them would be too. People in the trans community, as well as allies, don’t have great ways to track the changing conversation, but artists are often able to respond quickly to the changes, adapting their creative processes and performances to suit incredibly dynamic contexts. How are conversations about Trans issues shaped by the language we have to access them? How does art give us new language to access the conversation? This discussion will provide a forum for artists to offer first-person perspectives on shifting linguistic norms and the multiple meanings of their work.
Click here to go to the perishable home page where you can check out panelist bios as well as purchase tickets for the show.
Wednesday, 5:30pm, Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire Street, 331.2695
BY H.L. Parker
Tickets are now on sale for the Perishable Theatre production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Performances will run from April 16 through May 9. Written by John Cameron Mitchell with composer Stephen Trask, Hedwig is . . .
. . . a boisterous, exuberant story of failed and redeemed love. This is a story of a boy in East Berlin, who fell hopelessly in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the west. A plan that went horribly awry.
This cast includes local actor Alexander Platt as Hedwig with Liz Gotauco as ‘her’ sidekick Yitzhak. Hedwig’s band The Angry Inch appears on the stage the entire performance, led by David Tessier and featuring local musicians Brandon Capaldo, David Rabinow and Paul “Zeus” Souza.
BY Beth Comery
Stuck for things to talk about on Thanksgiving? This will kick things off. Perishable Theatre has just announced it is holding auditions for its spring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (I hope they won’t take this the wrong way, but I’d pay pretty good money to watch the auditions.) They are seeking a Hedwig and a Yitzhak. To prepare:
1) A brief piece of text (one minute or less) which you can perform as either a male or female character. THE TEXT SHOULD NOT BE FROM “HEDWIG.”
2) Sixteen bars of a rock song which you can also perform as either a man or a woman. AGAIN, DO NOT BRING A SONG FROM THE SHOW. If you would like accompaniment, bring an instrumental cd (no vocals). Preferably, be prepared to sing a cappella with a microphone (provided.)
3) You may also be asked to read monologues from the script. Some approximation of an East-German accent is helpful but not mandatory.
Um, the emphasis is theirs and I guess theater people understand why this is so important. The auditions are by appointment. They prefer you email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call 401.331.2695 ext.302. If you have a headshot/resume, include that in your email. If not, please include some info about yourself and why you’re interested in the show. Many more details about the production after the jump.
Auditions Monday, December 7th, 7pm to 10pm, 95 Empire Street, 3rd floor
BY Matthew Lawrence
Tonight at 7, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is screening at the RISD Auditorium, and afterwards dreamy director John Cameron Mitchell will be speaking.
If you’ve never seen Hedwig, you are missing out on a) the best use of Gummi Bears in cinema, b) a number of amazing musical numbers, and c) something called the Menses Fair. It’s glammy and trashy and beautiful, and one of the best movies ever.
I didn’t want to post anything from the actual movie, because it’s worth seeing on a big screen, so up there’s Kim and Kelley Deal from The Breeders covering the song Wicked Little Town; it appears on a (really good) Hedwig tribute album that came out a few years ago.
BY Beth Comery
Head over to Smitty-B and join director John Cameron Mitchell (the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” guy) for a screening of his 2006 film “Shortbus” — Q & A to follow. This is what The New York Times had to say.
As utopian visions go, it doesn’t get much better than “Shortbus,” a film in which all you need is love — and sex, lots and lots of mutually, sometimes collectively, pleasurable sex. John Cameron Mitchell wrote and directed, though orchestrated might be the better word for a carnivalesque romp in which men and women engage in sex in a multitude of creative combinations. An ode to the joy and sweet release of sex…
What could I possibly add to that?
(Update: I guess I do have to add something. According to one commenter Mr. Mitchell will not attend this screening. The press release from Brown indicated that he would.)
Tuesday, 7:30pm, Room 106, Smith-Buonanno Hall, Meeting Street (east of Brown Street), Brown University