Theater: "Secret Communication 88 The Life of Hedy Lamarr"


Source: Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien

November 7-9, 13-15, and 22-23, 8 p.m. at TTZ Tanz und Theaterzentrum Graz, Viktor Franz Straße 9

The 100th birthday celebration is postponed: The Austro-American actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (née: Hedwig Kiesler) was not, as many sources claim, born on November 9, 1913 but exactely one year later at the hospital Sanatorium Hera in the Alsergrund district in Vienna. That is the information the Austrian Press Agency (APA) received from the Birth, Death and Marriage Register of the Jewish Community Vienna. Nevertheless, her life is the focus of a theater production in Graz that celebrates its premier on Thursday (November 7, 2013).

"Secret Communication 88 The Life of Hedy Lamarr," is the somewhat ponderous title of the play written by Alexander Mitterer and Erik Jan Rippmann. The production of the independent group “Theater Kaendace”, which is staged by Alexander Mitterer and can been seen until November 23, 2013 at the TZ Tanz und Theaterzentrum Graz, traces the lifestsyle of a flamboyant personality: Because of her first marriage to billionaire, weapons manufacturer and boss of the Hirtenberg ammunition factory (“Hirtenberger Patronenfabrik”) Fritz Mandl, Vienna-born Hedwig Kiesler comes in contact with personalities such as Mussolini, Peron, Hitler and others. With a nude scene in a movie (Ecstasy) she gains worldwide fame and becomes “Hedy Lamarr,” the Hollywood icon.

“Through the 88 sounds of infinity –the 88 keys of a piano, she, together with Georges Antheil, and inspired by the manifestos of the futurists associated with Marinetti, discovers the key to frequency hopping; that momentous invention, that, since then, has influenced our lives greatly… mobile telephony,” the announcement reads.