Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By John Cameron Mitchell (Text), Stephen Trask (Music and Lyrics)FIND TICKETS
June 9 - 26, 2022
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. Read the full content advisory for this show here.
“The most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!” – Time Magazine.
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VIP Seating: For Hedwig and the Angry Inch, we’re offering enhanced, VIP seating at a fixed price. Sit in a comfy sofa or at a cozy cabaret table in the front row! You’ll get the best seats in the house plus two drink tickets to be redeemed at the bar. VIP seats must be booked in groups of two (one $90 ticket is valid for two people). Subscribers can book VIP seats at an up charge. If you are a subscriber interested in upgrading, please call the Cardinal Stage Box Office at (812) 336-9300 (M-F 12-5pm).
Please Note: All patrons are required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test. For Thursday evenings (6/9, 6/16, 6/23) and our Saturday Matinee (6/25 at 4pm): Seating capacity will be reduced (to approximately 60%) and masks will be required. For all other performances: Seating will be sold at full capacity, masks encouraged.
Hedwig: James Rose (they/she) is a genderfluid actor, educator, & content artist based in New York City. They are thrilled to return to Cardinal Stage after tapping on tables as Race in Newsies. Selected Regional Credits: The Addams Family (u/s Morticia), Cabaret (Emcee), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Dames at Sea (Dick / Dance Captain) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander). TV/Film: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Barstool” (Berlin Film Festival Honoree), “Adelphe” (Fall 2022 premiere). Training: NYU. Outside acting James serves as a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion consultant for regional theatres, corporations, & the National Eating Disorder Association. They write about gender, queerness, trauma, their feelings, and their exes on Instagram & Tik Tok where they reach an audience of over 250,000 people. James dedicates this to everyone with a Tommy Gnosis in their life; may we all find peace. | jamesissmiling.com | @jamesissmiling
Yitzhak: Paige Scott (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate Indianapolis based performance artist. Previously seen melting faces on Indianapolis stages in Rock of Ages, Great Bike Race, The Rocky Horror Show, Zirkus Grimm, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Drankspeare, and Jollyship the Whiz Bang. She had the privilege to play the keys in The Angry Inch in 2014. She is so humbled and grateful to be able to revisit this wonderful music and story in a new light. Lift up your hands.
Band: The Angry Inch
Music Director & Keyboard: Dan Kazemi (he/him) Dan is a composer, actor, director, orchestrator and music director. He directed Ring of Fire at MKE Rep and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Dan has musically directed 30 shows at MKE Rep including Titanic, Dad’s Season Tickets, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Hedwig, A Christmas Carol, West Side Story, In the Heights (Seattle Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse), Murder for Two, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha and Dreamgirls. Other Credits include: Lizzie (Barrymore Award), Herringbone (Barrymore Nom). Orchestration credits include Field Hockey Hot(Barrymore Nom) and Tulipomania. Dan’s music has been performed at Lincoln Center, SDC’s Mr. Abbott Awards, Le Cirque de Demain in Paris, Ballet Fleming and in the 213 collective’s Untitled Project #213. Dan is a composer of the musical podcast, Mythic Thunderlute.
Drums: Bryce Greene (he/him) is an incoming grad student in the Informatics school at IU. A drummer for 10 years, Bryce loves freedom of jazz and tight pockets of funk. For the last 4 years, his top Spotify artist has been the legendary Beach Boys, but Parliament-Funkadellic is never far behind. He currently plays with the Indianapolis based band, Kenna And The Kings.
Guitar: Ben Jackson (he/him) is a Bloomington based guitarist and educator who is ecstatic to collaborate with Cardinal Stage on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Other musical credits include: Sticks and Stones (IU summer Theatre), Evil Dead (Ivy Tech), Footloose (BSHS), Heathers: The Musical (University Players), Jasper in Deadland (University Players), and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (University Players). Jackson also performs as lead guitarist and background vocalist for local country sensation Hank Ruff as a member of “The Hellbenders.” In addition to being a performer, Jackson is also an accomplished educator having taught hundreds of people through the Jacobs School of Music, the Stafford Music Academy, and private studio. Jackson is currently entering his final year in pursuance of a doctorate in music performance from the Jacobs School of Music with minors in Arts Administration and Music Education.
Bass: Galen Morris (he/they) is completing their undergraduate degree in jazz studies at the Jacobs School Of Music. They have been playing pit bands for musicals with Cardinal Stage for the last few years (Frog & Toad, Newsies, Beauty & the Beast), as well as IU Summer Theater (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sticks and Stones), The University Players (Jasper In Deadland, Bright Star), and BPP (Modern).
Director: John Jarboe (she/her) is a director, singer, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, transforming opera, cabaret, and live performance, creating work that will make you sing, dance, and question. She has made original work for La Mama ETC, Joe’s Pub, Opera Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, and most recently an original commission called Rose You Are Who You Eat for The Guggenheim’s Works & Process series. See her upcoming work at www.beardedladiescabaret.com
Stage Manager: Philip Christiansen (he/him) returns to the Stage Manager’s console for his 20th Cardinal production (most recently for Every Brilliant Thing). He has been a Stage Manager for the Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater and is the company stage manager for Indianapolis Opera (this season included Don Giovanni, the double bill of Brundibar and Vedem and most recently a production of Carousel at the Indianapolis Zoo). He is always proud to brag about his son, Brady and wife, Deb who are always both supportive of his creative pursuits and continue to excel in their own lives.
Costume & Wig Co-Designer: Christopher Simanton (he/they) is participating in his eleventh Cardinal Stage production. Most recently he was the Costume Designer for The Roommate and before that, Rounding Third, The Christians and Fun Home. He was also the Wig Designer for Frankenstein. Before joining Cardinal Stage, he spent a year with Red House Arts Centers where he worked as: Wig Designer, Costume Designer, Wardrobe Supervisor, and Interim Costume Shop Manager. Christopher has worked on several shows such as: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Bring It On, and The Wizard of Oz. In his spare time Christopher moonlights at The Back Door as local drag queen Oriana Peron.
Costume & Wig Co-Designer: Johna Sewell (they/them) Hedwig marks Johna’s return to theatre and their eleventh Costume Design for Cardinal Stage. A Texas based designer and artist, they most recently served as Costume Designer for Amphibian Stage’s world premier of Hans & Sophie (2020) in Fort Worth. Other Fort Worth credits include Costume Designer for The Distant Echo of Ancient Youth and Don Quixote with Hip Pocket Theatre; and Costume Designer for Murder For Two with Stage West Theatre. Some of their favorite collaborations with Cardinal include Junie B Jones: The Musical (2015), Hairspray! (2015), Baskerville (2016), The Legend of Georgia McBride (2017), and West Side Story (2017). Outside of theatre, Johna also designs and creates custom costumes for Drag/Queer artists throughout the Midwest.
Scenic Designer: David Wade (he/him) has been living and creating here in Bloomington for 3 decades working in dance, scenic design and painting local city and area landscapes. For the past 10 years, plus a time back in the 1980s, Bloomington Playwright’s Project has been his home as scenic designer and artist. In the 1990s he was with Windfall Dancers as dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director. He also has worked with Cardinal Stage as a painter and designer.
Projection Design: Zach Rosing (he/him) is the owner of Zach Rosing Productions, providing video, photography, and multimedia production services to over 30 arts organizations across Central Indiana. Zach’s biennial production of The Rocky Horror Show is a three-time NUVO Best of Indy winner for Best Locally Produced Play. Along with his producing partner Zack Neiditch, Z&Z has produced Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Gab, Mad Mad Hercules, Holy Ficus, and The Great Bike Race. Zach’s video design work has been seen on stage at Phoenix Theatre, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Beef & Boards, Summer Stock Stage, Footlite Musicals, TOTS, and with Zionsville Showchoirs.
Sound Designer: Robert Hornbostel (he/him) is thrilled to return to Cardinal for this long awaited production of this beautiful work with this violently talented artistic team. Previous works with Cardinal include Ordinary Days, the Walkabout Radio Plays, The Christians, Glass Menagerie, Fun Home, and Peter Pan. Formally from Chicago, Robert now lives with his wife in Maui, HI, and enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and sailing. Believe Survivors, Black Lives Matter.
Lighting Designer: Hamilton Guillén (he/him) is a multidisciplinary production designer from California. His process integrates a holistic approach — synthesizing visual research, dramaturgy, politics, and pop culture. Recent credits include: Projection Design for Mud & Springtime (Colm Summers, Lenfest Center for the Arts, NY); Lighting Design for Call Me By Any Other Name (Nigel Semaj, Muhlenberg College, PA); Production Design for narrative short films Married to the Bag (Zane Bhansali, NY) and Parent Trip (Leah Chen Baker, VT). Upcoming: Art Direction for Rose: You Are Who You Eat by John Jarboe — a Guggenheim Works & Process funded artist residency. He studied performance design at the University of Leeds (UK) before earning his MFA from NYU Tisch.
Props Master: Aubrey Krueger (she/her) has worked professionally at McLeod Summer Playhouse in Illinois, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and Cardinal Stage. This season, she was the prop master for Cardinal’s The Mountaintop and A Year with Frog and Toad! She is a graduate of Ball State University where she got her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology. Some of her favorite works include The Full Monty written by Terrence McNally, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori. She thanks her mother, her mentor John Sadler, and her amazing partner for all of their support!
Sound Engineer: Grace Leckey (she/her) Audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Leckey is a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music’s Department of Audio Engineering and Sound Production. She has interned with Women’s Audio Mission, volunteers with Girls Rock Bloomington, and continues to seek out projects led by women and gender-expansive people. Grace is preparing for the June 25th release of her debut solo album Best Supporting Actress. Recent credits: H.M.S. Pinafore (IU Opera Theater, head engineer); Threepenny Opera (IU Theater, sound design); The Percy Jackson Musical, (Bloomington Stages, musical direction); Bowling for Beginners (IU Theatre, sound design). Bonnets (IU Theatre, musical direction and sound design).
Programmer: Lily K. Howder (she/her) is an Indiana University third year M.F.A. lighting design candidate from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in theatre arts and entertainment from the Northern Michigan University. She has spent the last couple of years as a freelance electrician in the DFW area. Lighting design credits include associate lighting designer for Into the Woods (Flint Repertory Theatre), lighting designer for Scrooge!, NMU Dance Concert, FRT Battle of the Bands and The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered (Forest Roberts Theatre).Other professional experience includes light and sound apprentice at Dorset Theatre Festival, and sales associate for Barbizon Lighting Company.
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.