On March 26th, the Ace Hotel and Reel Q will welcome filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell for an event dedicated to his beloved rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.The evening will include a screening of the 2001 cult hit, followed by a taste of Mitchell’s monthly NYC dance party Mattachine.
With writer/director Mitchell in the starring role, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows a transsexual East Berlin rock diva struggling to achieve fame in the US. Her life story unfolds through a string of powerful musical numbers that recount her botched sex change, her failed marriage to an American G.I., her lagging music career, and the ultimate betrayal by her song writing partner and lover, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). The film features an excellent soundtrack by celebrated film composer Stephen Trask, ingenious set design and art direction, and lyrical animated sequences from Emily Hubley.
The Hedwig and the Angry Inch screening and dance party will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ace Hotel. VIP tickets guarantee early entry at 6:30 p.m. for a meet-n-greet with Mitchell. Mattachine will take place in the hotel gymnasium, and will feature appearances by Mitchell, performer Amber Martin, Shortbus star Paul Dawson and Hedwig actor PJ Deboy. Tickets cost between $10 and $40 and are available for purchase at Showclix. In case you’re wondering, yes, costumes are encouraged.