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re: Oy Vey!
Last Edit: singleticket 06:04 pm EST 11/20/20
Posted by: singleticket 05:54 pm EST 11/20/20
In reply to: re: Oy Vey! - Chromolume 05:10 pm EST 11/20/20

Especially since the authors have now stated that Hedwig is NOT trans as originally conceived.

I actually thought their response was solid. They don't see the character as trans but as a femme gay boy who is forced into a binary surgical solution due to pressure from a boyfriend and a government. Is that a cop out on the part of the creators in the face of a new generation of LGBT activists? Maybe but I also think that the creators' original idea is a narrative that might be in conflict with a lot of the lived personal experience of trans people. The musical is layered against a very specific history and time and is a kind of allegory of post-war Germany. That's not to say that it correctly represents or misrepresents non-binary peoples' experience or history in general for that matter. It is what it is, a rock 'n roll fantasia and a great role for a performer.
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