Hedwig And The Angry Inch - DAY 2 of HEDFEST WEEKEND!
Day 2 of HedFest Weekend!
Celebrating Gender Diversity, Glitter, Love, & Rock-n-Roll!
Featuring a limited, 3-nights-only, 20th Anniversary engagement of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Starring: Iggy Ingler as Hedwig
Co-Starring: Polly Panic as Yitzhak
Musical Director: Pretty Boy Floyd
Video by JenBen Media
Produced by Owly Cat Productions
Directed by Iggy Ingler
11:00 am: All-Day HedFest Bazaar, Beer, and Tacos
free, family-friendly, daytime entertainment
local LGBTQ merchants selling one-of-a kind wares
7:30 pm – Opening act: Cassandra Complex – Featuring local trans-fem vocalist Kristi Seahorse, performing tunes that could be described as Velvet Underground meets The Circle Jerks
9:00 pm – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
NOTE: You can buy discounted combo passes to Friday night’s HedBangers Ball and apply the combo price with tickets to tonight’s show!
20 years ago, on Valentine’s Day, 1998, Hedwig and the Angry Inch made its Off-Broadway debut at The Jane Street Theatre in New York City. It had been developd over four years, starting in 1994 at Squeezebox, a New York drag/punk club by writer/director/star, John Cameron Mitchell, and songwriter/musician, Stephen Trask. They successfully brought that raw, rock/punk energy of the show’s upbringing to the stage, and by the time it hit The Jane Street Theater, it was immediately recognized as one of the only “rock musicals” to truly rock.
The show is a magical alchemy of camp humor, punk energy, history, and torch song pathos, with a twist of surrealism, telling a poignant story of heartbreak, oppression, liberation, and resurrection that has connected with audiences of all walks of life over the last 20 years, touching on that misguided quest we all tend to find ourselves on: searching for completion. It has particularly resonated with people who don’t fit into any form of gender binary. Even after two decades, its themes remain relevant, especially in our country’s current climate of prejudice, prospective walls, and trans-misogyny. You could say we need Hedwig now more than ever in the past twenty years.
The Off-Broadway production ran for 857 shows, winning an Obie Award and two Outer Critics Circle Awards, closing on April 9th, 2000. It was adapted as an award-winning film in 2002, one which quickly earned itself an esteemed place in cult film history, with a growing popularity that nearly borders on pop-culture status. In 2014, it was readapted as a full Broadway production, with various notable actor/singers taking on the challenge of the title role, opening with Neil Patrick Harris, and later including John Cameron Mitchell himself, Darren Chris, and Michael C. Hall. who also starred in David Bowie’s stage musical, Lazarus (side note: Bowie also co-produced the Los Angeles production of Hedwig).
Since 1998, it has been staged hundreds of times around the world in both large and small-scale productions, including here in Asheville in 2002, and again in 2011, at the Asheville Community Theater, enjoying sell-out performances during both weeks-long runs, with audiences ranging from students to seniors.
As a limited, three-night-run that taps Hedwig and the Angry Inch at its roots, demand for seats is expected to be high and tickets are very likely to sell out.
10% of Friday and Sunday’s proceeds will be split between Youth OUTright, a local support organization for LGBTQ youth, and Tranzmission, a local support organization for the transgender community. The full donation percentage of Saturday’s show, as well as 20% of the opening night’s Hed Banger’s Ball will go to Tranzmission in honor of the annual Trans Day of Visibility, March 31st.