Hedwig And The Angry Inch

By John Cameron Mitchell And Stephen Trask

Extended! Aug. 17 – Sep. 15, 2018

Tickets start at: $29.50

Preview Performances: Aug. 15 – 16 | Tickets start at: $18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

What It’s About

The gold glitter standard of queerglam rocker musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows German immigrant-turned-Kansas-trailer-park-wannabe-rock-goddess Hedwig Robinson during one life-changing night of her musical act. Full of TMI, towering go-go boots and cult hits “Exquisite Corpse,” “Wig in a Box,” “Tear Me Down” and more, this campy romp reveals the blistering realities of self-acceptance that defy gender identity.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, leaving her only “an angry inch.”

This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock concert/stand-up cabaret routine backed by her husband Yitzhak and the hard-rocking glam band “The Angry Inch.” It’s a rollercoaster ride: funny, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile. Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been an Off-Broadway cult hit for over two decades and enjoyed its first Broadway run in 2014 in a version starring Neil Patrick Harris.

Why It’s For You

Have you ever loved and lost? Struggled with who you want to be versus who the world wants you to be? Been made to feel like a misfit or loser while knowing full well that you’re a shining-star rock and roller? This show’s for you. Fans of a true rock musical, fans of 70s glam (David Bowie, Velvet Underground, etc), fans of things like Rocky Horror and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, you will all certainly be fans of this.

Why We Chose It

We’ve produced large musicals in the much larger Jaeb Theater since 2014. While those shows were all huge artistic successes that racked up loads of awards, we had difficulty paying the bills simply because how much more it costs to produce there.

As we looked to our 20th birthday we decided to reclaim our home in the Shimberg Playhouse and focus our efforts there. 2013’s production of Hedwig enjoyed a sold-out run and was a major factor in our decision to start consistently producing funky musicals as an annual thing, even before thinking about the Jaeb. This success with Hedwig was even before the cult-hit show caught a second wind on Broadway in 2014 in a major production starring NPH. Why wouldn’t we make this choice? Also, most people’s five favorite words in theater: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Production History

Jobsite first produced Hedwig And The Angry Inch Sep. 4 – 29, 2013. Jobsite sold out the entire run of their 2013 production, and it was awarded four Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards, including “Most Winningly Shameless Actor” and “Best Theater Rockers.” The new production reunites 2013 stars Spencer Meyers (Hedwig), Amy Gray (Yitzhak) and drummer Elwood Bond.

(L-R) Spencer Meyers and Amy Gray in Jobsite's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Photo courtesy Crawford Long.)
(L-R) Spencer Meyers and Amy Gray in Jobsite's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Photo courtesy Crawford Long.)

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Jeremy Douglass – Music Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Amy E. Gray – Yitzhak
  • Spencer Meyers – Hedwig

Band

  • Elwood Bond – Drums
  • Jeremy Douglass – Keys
  • Nader Issa – Bass
  • Mark Warren – Guitar

Crew

  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Sound Technician
  • Keith College – Assistant Director
  • Joel Haker – Sound Engineer
  • Camryn Herr – Make-up Artist
  • David M. Jenkins – Video Designer
  • Lindsay MacConnell – Make-up Designer
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic & Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

2013 Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Associate Director & Stage Manager

Cast

  • Elwood Bond – Drums
  • J. Elijah Cho – Guitar, backup vocals
  • Amy E. Gray – Yitzhak
  • Jana Jones – Bass, backup vocals
  • Spencer Meyers – Hedwig

Crew

  • Crystal Valdez – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Scott Belowsky – Creative Consultant
  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Sound Engineer
  • Joel Haker – Sound Designer
  • Chris Holcom – German Dialect / Language Consultant
  • David M. Jenkins – Video Designer
  • Lindsay MacConnell – Make-up Artist
  • Greg Newcomb – Poster Design
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic / Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

Patron Reviews

2013 Patron Reviews

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