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All Quotes by author - John Cameron Mitchell
" Acceptance and assimilation, you know, breeds mediocrity and perhaps an even more sheep-like conformism in terms of what kind of music you're supposed to listen to if you're gay... What are you supposed to look like? What's your body supposed to look like? "
" After the first 'Hedwig,' interestingly, I was offered to play Hamlet a couple of times. "
" As you get older, you treasure the beautiful things of the past but also see things more clearly. "
" Coming out as a gay man, it was very much about finding my own identity and dealing with labeling. "
" 'Hedwig' isn't particularly based on me, but I think that it is autobiographical in terms of emotion. "
" 'Hedwig' was pretty much all the things I wanted to do that other people said I probably shouldn't do: drag, punk rock, stand-up comedy... You know, combine them all in a thing that's supremely uncommercial from the objective point of view. "
" Humor without sadness underneath it feels cheap and aggressive. "
" I always think that in some way, art is the best tool we have to prepare for death. It's like a sculpture that you can interpret differently every time you look at it. "
" I am just touched at how strongly the real Hed-heads feel. It feels different from other kinds of devotees; maybe it's the way I felt with certain bands when I was a kid. It feels like a band more than a play. "
" I certainly wanted Hedwig's world to be one where identification and categories are fluid, changing, and confusing, as they are, really, in life. "
" I like making art that's useful to people who have a harder road. Art is a tool to get through it; it's a tool to prepare for the worst. By envisioning it in an artistic context, you can make sense of it before and after it happens. "
" I'm all for information diets, which are helpful for the mood and for the art. "
" I never even had a MySpace. "
" I quickly found that I didn't really fit into 'gay culture,' as identified by many gay people, and that it can be just as confining as straight culture, not least in the way that bisexual people are told that 'they can't make up their mind.' "
" I remember seeing a stage version of Plato's 'Symposium' and being really moved because it was written by a man rather than a culture. "
" I think as far as themes, 'Hedwig' is about what music meant to you as a kid and how rock n' roll can save you; that is definitely part of it. "
" I was brought up very Catholic, and the character of Tommy Gnosis got his name from there. "
" My favorite playwright is probably Samuel Beckett, and he was always laughing at the abyss. "
" Neil Patrick Harris is a superman of entertainment. "
" Our feet are planted in the real world, but we dance with angels and ghosts. "
" People know what 'Hedwig' is now, and that's wonderful. It's not the same as being swamped for being on 'The Big Bang Theory,' but it's much more comfortable. "
" Some people go off to an ashram or they, you know, have a midlife crisis and buy a sports car. For me, I do 'Hedwig,' and I see it's a midlife crisis maybe, and I see what's next. And it's a good trampoline, maybe, into the next part of my life. "
" There's nothing more Broadway than 'Hedwig.' It's very family-friendly. There's innuendo and stuff, but not more than you'd see on TV. "
" There's something cool about being a stealth classic. "
" The think that we hung the film version all on was 'Hedwig' on tour. On stage, it's one theatre, one show. It just seemed natural to change it. In the film, we were able to go to flashback rather than have her talk to the audience. And we had the play to practice and to see where we had made mistakes. "
" User-comments culture is not useful for creating original work, I think. "
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