Floor 17 at Ramada Apollo
When we watch a film has a significant impact on how it resonates within us. A song comes out during a certain transitional phase of our lives….we see a film that just so happens to be in sync with what we are experiencing in real time…it amplifies our feelings because shared experience is an integral part of what defines us.
People often ask me “What is my favorite film? ” It is infuriating…what decade? What genre? Impossible to answer…but I am going to have to say…Hedwig has always been in my top 5.
“Wig in a Box” from the film is what did it for me. Sitting in painfully suburban Albuquerque I needed to go “out there”…beyond the confines of the Spielbergian 80s to satisfy my Grass is Greener complex…I had to go on a quest to find something that was missing inside of me.
I did and it has been the adventure of a lifetime.
“The Strangest Things Seem Suddenly Routine..” Hedwig came along when I had lost my way. On a constant search for something. Not knowing what or whom exactly that something was.
How am I identifying with a German trans-musician a decade older than I?
It was the wig. I have been constructing my identity the entire time.
The identities we form to cope, as Carl Jung would theorize…to discover the Self through individuation…the negotiation of our conscious and subconscious self…
In a way…we all wear a wig, or a mask, or some consciously contrived mechanism to express that extension of us yearning to communicate itself to the rest of the world while still protected behind the safe confines of the construction.
It serves a purpose…and then the time comes to shed the wig…as seen in the dénouement of Hedwig …we find ourselves vulnerable but stronger. That which we are searching for has been with us all along.
Bottom line, Hedwig is about love. And wholeness.
Yet without the capability to laugh and embrace the self-deprecation, we would never heal. Humor is the balm of all ills in the world.
It is an absolute pleasure as a producer and scholar to make this available to people who have treasured this classic since its release…and to introduce it to those that have never seen it for a new wave of appreciation in retrospect. And did I mention the co-writer and one of the stars, Stephen Trask, will be in attendance for more of this conversation? How did I get to be so lucky?!
So it is with great humility and gratitude that I present Hedwig and the Angry Inch as our closing night feature. This is a pinnacle and honor for me in my career, to be able to express my love for this work of art and to be able to share it, is something I will never forget.
Come join us a top the awesome roof top venue of Floor 17 for our spectacular closing night! Q and A with Stephen Trask and Closing Night Party with DJ to follow!
Buy Tickets here!