“Toronto's glamazon scene queen Jada Hudson joins us for a high-energy performance to kick off our screening of Hedwig! Hudson takes the Lightbox stage at 9pm.
“It is clear that I must find my other half. But is it a he or a she? What does this person look like? Identical to me? Or somehow complementary? Does my other half have what I don’t? (…) What about sex? Is that how we put ourselves back together again?” Such are the rhetorical musings of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig, the non-binary punk-rock icon at the centre of writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell’s glam-rock opera. Through a series of flashbacks, cabaret-styled confessionals, and rock ballads aided by their backing band The Angry Inch, Mitchell’s Hedwig recounts their transformation from Hansel, a boy from the former East Germany, to their current live-wire female persona, and their ongoing pursuit of their former protégé and ex-lover Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), who has become a hugely successful rock star after swiping Hedwig’s songs. Positing love as a genderless union of like souls, Mitchell offers a revolutionary take on Plato’s theory of soulmates whilst rocking the f**k out. BYO wig.”