Hedwig Sequel Put on Hold; Stephen Trask Reveals Plans for New Project

first_img On June 8 at the 2014 Tony Awards, the writing team revealed that they were penning a “much weirder” sequel to the now Tony-winning musical, based around the concept: “I don’t have any time left.” It had first been reported in 2012 that the two were at work on a Hedwig follow-up. Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Andrew Rannells assumes the role of Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre on August 20, taking over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. Hedwig may have to wait a little longer for another show of her own. The sequel that Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer Stephen Trask and book writer John Cameron Mitchell teased earlier this year at the Tonys has been put on hold. In a recent interview with PopMatters, Trask discussed the complications with the Hedwig follow-up, as well as some details of another project, on which he is collaborating with Jersey Boys book writer Rick Elice and Hedwig drummer Peter Yanowitz. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015center_img Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch The new piece, currently titled 15 Minutes, will be set in the New York club scene in the 1970s. “It’s a really exciting and creative and interesting project that starts off set in Studio 54 but ends up downtown at the Mudd Club,” Trask explains. The project had been on hold due to rights issues and to Hedwig’s Broadway debut, but Ellis and Trask are now moving forward.last_img read more

Breastfeeding has a public health benefit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Breastfeeding? Why are you interested in that?” These are the things I heard from my family when I was explaining to them my internship for the spring semester. I have always had an interest in maternal- and child health, and when I saw this internship with Schenectady County Public Health Services working on the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities (CBFC) grant, I jumped at the opportunity.Interning with a local county health department has given me a different perspective on breastfeeding and public health in general. Working with my mentors on the CBFC grant has allowed me the opportunity to see all the benefits breastfeeding can provide mothers and babies in our community.The CBFC grant has multiple goals, but outreach in our communities is what has impressed me the most. The grant enables us to provide multiple baby cafés throughout the Capital Region for mothers and their partners to receive breastfeeding support or just provide a listening ear as they navigate parenthood. There have been multiple moms of various racial, ethnic, educational and social backgrounds who attend. Observing them sharing their stories of motherhood is heartwarming and has broken down barriers.In recognition of IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Day on March 7, I believe the need for trained lactation professionals to provide breastfeeding support to all families in our communities is essential. Continued support is necessary to ensure all families have access to lactation support within their community. Seeing how effective this grant has been thus far makes me excited to see how this will change the landscape of infant feeding in the future.Martha LitardoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more