ITA is bringing two performances to Amsterdam especially for Pride Amsterdam. Celebrate your identity with Small Town Boy by Toneelgroep Oostpool and OpusOne's Broadway musical, Fun Home. Stimulating discussions with makers, actors, and the public – led by Pride Ambassador, model, and DJ Valentijn de Hingh – are scheduled for 30/31 July and 1/2 August.
Read more about these performances below.
Small Town Boy
After Angels in America and Allemaal mensen (All People), which were praised by both the press and the public, director Marcus Azzini is now bringing Falk Richter's Small Town Boy to the stage in the Netherlands. The performance, co-produced by Toneelgroep Oostpool and Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, will premiere during Pride Amsterdam.
Small Town Boy, a reference to Bronski Beat's most famous 1984 hit, tells the story of a rural boy who can't see himself in the oppressive world that raised him. On the run from repression and lack of recognition, he heads for the big city – to Berlin, London, Amsterdam; European free-for-all metropolises where people rediscover themselves, find room to experiment, and where identity is defended. This new, bigger world is an all-out circus of pleasure. But a life full of personal, political, and sexual freedom also turns out to be complex. Can you really become a different person?
First staged in the Netherlands during Amsterdam Pride.
Renowned German writer and director Falk Richter spoke to young people who left their oppressive homes to find themselves and their sexuality in the big city. His performance, Small Town Boy, premiered in Berlin in 2014. Director Marcus Azzini will be bringing Small Town Boy to the Netherlands this summer as part of Pride Amsterdam.
Fun Home, based on the eponymous book by Alison Bechdel, can only be seen this summer for two weeks at ITA. The musical was nominated for twelve Tony Awards (2015) and won in five categories, including Best Musical. We see Alison at three different ages and she takes us back to her memories of her unique dysfunctional family. Renée van Wegberg plays the leading role and the show is directed by Koen van Dijk.
Fun Home is an autobiographical Off-Broadway musical, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. The story follows Alison as she struggles with the complex relationship with her late father. It takes place in contemporary Pennsylvania with flashbacks to the recent past. Alison has always had a difficult relationship with her father, but that relationship worsens when she discovers that she is a lesbian. She encounters many forms of misunderstanding, especially with him. Slowly but surely, Alison discovers why he's reacting this way.
The role of protagonist Alison is played by Renée van Wegberg, who we know from her role as Liesbeth List in Liesbeth List, the musical and from other roles. The show is directed by Koen van Dijk (The Color Purple, The Bridges of Madison County, Kiss of the Spider Woman, among others).
Join the discussion with Valentijn
On four sultry summer evenings we host discussions about ITA Pride jointly with Toneelgroep Oostpool, OpusOne and Pride Amsterdam, led by Pride Ambassador, model, and DJ Valentijn de Hingh. After Fun Home and Small Town Boy, the audiences of both shows will meet each other in the Salon. Every evening from 30 July to 2 August, Valentijn will discuss a variety of themes with guests and the audience that fit seamlessly with both Pride and the performances.
Directors Marcus Azzini and Koen van Dijk will talk about pride and the range of emotions behind gender identity and sexuality. Young actors Florian Myjer and Mitch Wolterink are guests of the young guns of ITA (De Pack) and will discuss everything from asexuality to pansexuality. The programme is open to the public, free of charge, and starts at 22:20, after the performances.
You'll enjoy it even if you don't come to the show, but it'll be more fun if you do!