Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By John Cameron Mitchell (Text), Stephen Trask (Music and Lyrics)BUY TICKETS
June 11 - 28, 2020
The award-winning rock musical sensation makes its Bloomington premiere! Hedwig Schmidt is an “internationally ignored song stylist” who fled East Germany after a botched sex-change operation and emerged from a Kansas trailer park as a rock and roll goddess. Backed by her band, The Angry Inch, Hedwig recounts her moving journey to wholeness through funny stories and undeniable rock music.
“The most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!” – Time Magazine.
John Cameron Mitchell is an actor, writer, director, and producer best known for his work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He studied theater at Northwestern University but left college before graduation, moved to New York and found work understudying the role of Huckleberry Finn in Big River (1985). He then went to California and played bit parts in many television shows (The New Twilight Zone 1986, MacGyver 1987, Freddy’s Nightmares 1988, Dreamer of Oz 1990, Law & Order 1995) and educational films (Just Along for the Ride 1983, My Father’s Son: The Legacy of Alcoholism 1984). In 1990 Mitchell returned to New York and appeared in the original cast of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. The following year he played Dickon on Broadway in the musical The Secret Garden. Off-Broadway in 1992, he earned an Obie Award for his performance in Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me. Again at Lincoln Center in 1994, he played two gay male characters in Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, Hello Again. He is also known for his roles in films like Shortbus (2006) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017).
John Cameron Mitchell grew hating himself because of his homosexuality, but all that was changing fast. Inspired by the memory of an East German woman – probably a part-time prostitute – who had babysat for his brother Colin while his father was stationed in Berlin, Mitchell conceived of the central character in what was to become the pivotal project of his life, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig, whom Mitchell played in drag, evolved over a period of time and through many cabaret performances into a transgendered rocker who had undergone a botched sex-change operation and whose love life and career were on the skids. The final version of the show, with the songs of Trask integral to the plot, took New York City by storm and led to the making of the movie in 2001. Besides becoming a Golden Globe®-nominated film, he has also earned three Obies and three Drama Desk Award nominations for his work off-Broadway and at Lincoln Center.
Stephen Trask is an American musician and composer who graduated from Wesleyan University. He was the music director and house band member at the New York club Squeezebox, where he performed with stars such as Debbie Harry, Lene Lovich and Joey Ramone. Trask composed the music and lyrics for the stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (also a 2001 film) and his real-life band, Cheater, performed as Hedwig’s band “The Angry Inch”. He received an Obie Award for the play and a Grammy Award nomination for the movie. He has done five films with filmmaker Paul Weitz. He composed the score for 2004’s In Good Company and American Dreamz, for which he also co-wrote the numerous songs the contestants sing, as well as the 2009 film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. Trask also scored the 2003 movies Camp and The Station Agent, as well as Dreamgirls (2006), In the Land of Women (2007), The Savages (2007), and The Back-up Plan (2010), among other works. He scored the 2010 film Little Fockers, a sequel to Meet the Parents (2000). Recent work includes the 2013 films Lovelace, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman and Admission, directed by Paul Weitz.