Hey Nana, I’m Gonna Try Out For A Play

hedwig 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 megansz@gmail.com, 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

The role of Hedwig — Born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, Hedwig is now an “internationally ignored” rock star. Seeking a charismatic performer with a strong, versatile, voice, comfort with various levels of drag, who can generally rock out and kick ass. This role is typically played by a male performer.

The role of Yitzhak — A sullen male roadie and backup singer. We are seeking a versatile performer with the ability to back Hedwig up vocally. Must be comfortable and convincing in drag. Other than the singing, the role is basically silent — strong and specific physical performance is a must. This role is typically played by a female performer.
About the play — The final show of Perishable’s musical 2009-2010 season is the RI premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Audiences everywhere are familiar with Hedwig, who fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as planned — and now Hedwig is stopping in Providence on a tour with her band, The Angry Inch, following her erstwhile lover Tommy Gnosis as he plays a local arena. This story of failed and redeemed love was made into a feature film by Killer Films.

About the production — The production is directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian and music directed by David Tessier. Rehearsals are approximately March 15-April 15, with performances running April 16-May 9, 2009.

About Perishable Theatre — Perishable is RI’s research and development theatre. Led by Executive Artistic Director, Vanessa Gilbert, Perishable Theatre focuses on connecting RI audiences with innovative performance. Perishable Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company specializing in research and development of new plays. The Perishable Theatre Arts School focuses on performance and playwriting classes for adult students.

Other Questions? Contact Perishable Theatre at 401.331.2695, or at info@perishable.org.

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