The story of a transsexual punk rock goddess from East Berlin as told by Prague's experimental theatre troupe Akanda.
Even on a modest scale, independently producing a rock musical in the heart of Europe is a very expensive proposal. AKANDA is trying to raise money to help cover the following expenses:
- Music rental and performance rights.
- Costumes and makeup.
- Actor and musician fees.
- Equipment rental, lighting and sound.
These expenses will cost several times the amount of money we are trying to raise through our Kickstarter campaign. Through Kickstarter we are hoping to make these costs more manageable so that we may continue making quality theatre in the future.
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For more information about our production, please read on...
On the 15, 16, 22, 23 April, the experimental theatre company AKANDA will present HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the legendary cult rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask. This is the story of punk rock song stylist Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a sex-change operation gone wrong. Hedwig’s tale begins in East Berlin just before the downfall of Communism and then moves through the bleak landscapes of Midwestern America as she searches for wholeness and self-completion. Her saga finally culminates right here right now in a glam-spattered cellar in the center of Prague… easily one of the most perverse and unexpectedly beautiful stories ever told.
Under the guidance of Czech-Canadian director Mélanie Rada, an international cast of actors and musicians bring to life AKANDA’s interpretation of this award-winning rock musical. Long-time Prague resident Jeff Fritz plays the title role of Hedwig opposite Uliana Elina, former frontwoman of Russian band SLOT and winner of the 2005 RAMP award for best female vocal, in the role of Yitzhak. Appearing as the Angry Inch are members of local Prague bands Broken Glass Extet and Tristram Trio lead by Ian Mikyska on guitar and Anar Yusufov on keys, with Tomáš Mika on bass and Pharoah Smeaton-Russell on drums. Production design and video projections created by Estonian artist Johanna-Mai Vihalem for the stage of Iron Curtain, a club, bar and restaurant containing numerous artifacts of the Cold War era and the memory of the dissidents who tore it all down.
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