Monday, November 23, 2009

AUDITION for Perishable Theatre's production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Calling all rock n rollers, thespians, freaks, queens, kings, East Germans, lovers of large wigs, and glamorous performers with angelic voices:

Monday, December 7th
7-10 p.m.
Perishable Theatre (95 Empire Street, downtown Providence), 3rd floor

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.
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.

To audition:
For an appointment, email (preferred) or call 401-331-2695 x 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.

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.

About Hedwig:
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, RI 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.

Contact Perishable Theatre at 401-331-2695 or at

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