Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Text by John Cameron Mitchell

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Sep. 4 – 29, 2013

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Events Media Cast & Crew Patron Reviews Season

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

  • Most Winningly Shameless Actor: Spencer Meyers
  • Best Theater Rockers – Jobsite Theater
  • Best Theater Production, Reader’s Poll Runner-Up
  • Best Actress, Reader’s Poll Runner-Up – Amy Gray

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.”

Spencer Meyers in Jobsite's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Photo by Crawford Long.)

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 nearly two decades and will enjoy its first Broadway production in 2014 in a version starring Neil Patrick Harris.

Jobsite is planning on working with several GLBTQA organizations in the area over the course of the run, offering an array of additional programs surrounding this production, ranging from fundraisers to pre- and post-show discussions and beyond.

“In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the first one that truly rocks.” – Rolling Stone

Hedwig and the Angry Inch brings theater alive with the pounding sounds of rock ‘n’ roll and the funny sad voicing of a painful past … it is also an adult, thought-provoking musical about the quest for individuality.” – New York Times

“The punk gods have descended upon Tampa, and the results are loud, rude and deeply moving … a true theatrical experience … hilarious … Meyers is a performer able to make you believe every step of Hedwig’s outrageous journey.” – Tampa Tribune

“just plain fun … loud and rousing … surprisingly tender […] Thank Spencer Meyers, who as Hedwig emphasizes his character’s pathos, victimization and solidarity with the audience … No dragon lady; just underdog. How can you not wish her well?” – Creative Loafing

“Hedwig captivated the audience…. [The Angry Inch] provided the live backbone to seamlessly execute the story…. Setting aside notions about gender and love permits the audience to realize that [it] is not only a story about Hedwig, but a story about us all.” – Tampa Bay Times

“So why should you go see Hedwig? First, because of Hedwig’s story … Then (sigh) there is the song, with its accompanying video, The Origin of Love. My absolute favorite part of the show. It is a beautiful tale in and of itself.” – Found Randomly

Events

Meet the Cast

After the Sun., Sep. 22 show, from 6–8p you can enjoy food and drink specials while you meet the cast and crew at The Refinery.

Ybor Youth Clinic

We’re happy to announce a partnership with the Ybor Youth Clinic for the Thu., Sep. 26 performance of Hedwig. $10 from every full-priced admission will be donated back to this important community organization.

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director

Cast

  • Woody Bond – Drums
  • J. Elijah Cho – Guitar, backup vocals
  • Amy E. Gray – Yitzhak
  • Jana Jones – Bass, backup vocals
  • Spencer Meyers – Hedwig
  • Matthew Ray – Associate Director & Stage Manager

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

Not just a great show, but one of the absolute best shows I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to Spencer and all of the cast and crew! You owned it. If you haven’t gone yet, do not miss it! – David Anderin

I am a regular theater-goer. I have attended amateur and professional performances at every level of sophistication in theaters across the United States and in Europe. I myself used to act and direct in Chicago. Only once or twice in my life have I seen a show with performances comparable in quality to what I saw this afternoon from the Jobsite Theater. Absolutely breathtaking. I was completely blown away. I would not have been more surprised if I had run into the shade of Jeanne d’Arc sipping tea at the Fly Bar. – Bob S.

Via Facebook

Hedwig and the Angry Inch over at Jobsite Theater was REALLY well done! Probably the best I’ve ever seen from Spencer Meyers. The play itself is great (we knew this) and Jobsite did it justice. Find the coins in your sofa, dig out your student ID for a discount, GO SEE IT. – Lauren A.

I really enjoyed it. Don’t miss it. – Isabel B.

Amazing performance this evening! You are the 4th Hedwig I’ve had the pleasure to see, and you were truly my favourite. Had a wonderful night! – Sheina G.

We had a fantastic time tonight! Amazing job! – Stacy J.

Spencer was amazing! Thanks for another great night at the theater! – Lisa C.

Do not miss it. Last night was packed and got a standing O. – David H.

We saw the show tonight and it was AWESOME! Truly, don’t miss it. – Roberta P.

Congratulations to all the cast and crew of Hedwig! This show was ferocious, tender, outrageous, and bittersweet…sometimes all at once. A tour de force for Spencer but every element of the show shines! – Elizabeth F.

A must see! Spencer is at the top of his game and the band is tight. – Clare W.

The play way phenomenal! Spencer Meyers as Hedwig gave a full-out performance. – Sally B.

We loved the show last night. What better way to spend Friday the 13th than with Jobsite Theater? Thanks Jobsite for bringing us shows that we wouldn’t see anywhere else. The entire cast was great, but Spencer Meyers gave an awesome performance – great acting and impeccable comedic timing! – Eric H.

Top Notch Kudos to the cast and crew of Jobsite Theater’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Especially Spencer Meyers and his full throttled performance as Hedwig. The whole artistic team was fully committed to excellence. Thank you, David Jenkins, Amy Elizabeth Gray, J. Elijah Cho, Matthew Ray, Summer Bohnenkamp and the Angry Inch team. A great rock and roll theatrical event. – Brian S.

Had the great pleasure of watching an extraordinary show last night at Jobsite Theater. Spencer Meyers gives a wonderfully raw performance and the band kicks ass! Tickets are going fast so you do not want to miss this gem in the Tampa Bay area. – Vincent S.

Thanks for the special attention! We so enjoyed ourselves. I’m SO not worthy! Xoxoxo! – Monica T.

The show last night was amaaaaaazing! Thanks to the cast and crew for doing justice and breathing so much life and energy into the story of Hedwig Schmidt. – Tim B

The play is amazing! Nobody should miss this!! – Veronica D.

Great show! Y’all rock! – Colleen C.

Another truly outstanding performance!!! FANTASTIC CAST!! You are all AMAZING!!! – Carla K.

Congratulations to Jobsite Theater (and thank you!) and the cast and crew of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for an INCREDIBLE show last night. Guys, the show runs until 9/29. If you miss out on this, just give up on life for a little while. Whether your main love is music or theatre, this show guarantees an amazing experience. – Yvelise C.

Loved the show! – Yasmin P.

Had a GREAT time at the show yesterday…. really great production!! Spencer kicks ass…. and the rest of the Angry Inch were fantastic as well. […] definitely advise you to go see this show before the run ends!!! LIFT UP YOUR HANDS!! – John P.

Your show tonight was excellent! – Brian M.

Via Twitter

It is awesome! – @MTClarity

Saw #Hedwig last night @jobsitetheater. You should go, too – @MsKristinKnits

ever thought I’d see Keith @micro_groove get a transvestite lap dance – thanks @jobsitetheater! #TampaMusic go see Hedwig & The Angry Inch! -@elawgrrl

really great cast and show! :) – @crawfordlong

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