Slowness for a Fast World: A Conversation With John Cameron Mitchell
Actor, director, writer, singer, DJ – Is there anything John Cameron Mitchell can’t do? As the brilliant mastermind behind such favorites as, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, and Rabbit Hole, Mitchell has delighted audiences with diverse perspectives on sexuality and culture for years.
Recently, Mitchell reunited with Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-writer and composer Stephen Trask, to create the sequel to the hit Broadway production and subsequent motion picture.
As if writing and starring in brilliant cinema wasn’t enough, Mitchell can ad DJ and impresario to his list of accomplishments. Over the past four years, Mitchell, alongside Shortbus actors Paul Dawson and PJ DeBoy, has helped throw the smash New York dance party, Mattachine.
After great success in New York, Mitchell decided to take his popular dance night on the road. As part of the 2012 “We Love You So Much We Don’t Know Who We Are Anymore” tour, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Mitchell before his arrival in Seattle.
If you visit Seattle with any type of traveling queer nightlife, chances are you will meet Kevin Kauer, AKA DJ Nark. As a popular promoter, photographer, and creative director of the amazing Nark Magazine (which I highly recommend), Kauer helped bring Mattachine to the emerald city. I immediately jumped at the chance when he asked me to interview Mitchell. Who would turn that down?
Speaking with John Cameron Mitchell is like a speaking with a good friend you often look to for advice. He is frank, funny, and extremely smart. Curled up over Nark’s iPad in a popular Seattle restaurant, I chatted with Mitchell about Mattachine, music, media, and the future of the LGBTQ community, as we know it.