Hedwig and the Angry Inch
“Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not… Hedwig.”
Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of Hedwig Schmidt, the unfortunate victim of a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, and an “internationally ignored song-stylist”. Her journey to find true love, “her other half”, is a rock and roll odyssey which leads her across the Berlin Wall, across the world, and from man to woman.
Hedwig begins her journey as Hansel, a young boy growing up in Germany under a Stalinesque regime, and the equally strict regime of his mother. He finds what he believes to be an escape from his dreary existence in the form of a handsome “sugar daddy” – an American G.I. named Luther, who promises to take him away from Germany. The caveat, however, is that Luther can only take a bride back to America. Desperate to escape his situation, Hansel willingly agrees to a sex-change operation – an operation which is botched, leaving Hedwig with a one-inch reminder of her past.
Abandoned by her husband, living a down-and-out existence in America, Hedwig’s journey to find her other half seems to have ground to a halt. Having fallen in love again, this time with Tommy Gnosis, who leaves her when he becomes a Rock and Roll Superstar, Hedwig takes stock of her situation and forms her own band: The Angry Inch.
Hedwig endears as much as she shocks, and entertains as much as she captivates. Chock-full of hilarious double entendres (“When I think of all the people I have come upon in my travels, I have to think of all the people who have come upon me”), and incredible music (stretching the gamut from touching, to catchy, to all-out-rockin ’), it’s a show with incredible charm and appeal.
Playwright: John Cameron Mitchell
Director: Bradley Moss
Starring: Rachael Johnston and Michael Scholar Jr.
The Angry Inch (Musicians): Scott Peters, Chris Wynters, Jon Nordstrom, Corinne Kessel and Marek Tyler
Musical Director: Chris Wynters Set, Props & Costume Designer: Roger Schultz Lighting Designer: David Fraser Digital Media Designer: Ian Jackson Original Artwork: Spyder Yardley-Jones Stage Manager: Gina Moe Production Manager: Gina Puntil Make-up Artist and Designer: Neon