Let’s get back to the androgynous 1970’s glam era of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed for a moment. The rock musical about a fictional Rock n’ Roll band lead by a transgender singer is now playing at The Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Be ready for a show with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll with the Hedwig and The Angry Inch - a play written by John Cameron Mitchell, with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" tells the story of a transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin who travels around the U.S. playing with her rock band and following her ex-boyfriend who stole her songs. The play premiered in 1998 and has been performed throughout the world in some of the most famous stage productions.
Plan-B Theatre Company's 2003 production was named 'Best Theatre Production' by City Weekly. The 2005 revival was named 'Best Play' by QSaltLake.
We had the pleasure of talking with the play's Producing Director, Jerry Rapier, who is passionate about it.
Q. How did you feel when directing the play?
A. This is our third production of Hedwig. It's like an old friend. I never get tired of it and I never get tired of watching people experience it for the first time.
Q. Was it easy to choose who would play the role of Hedwig's character?
A. Way back in 2002, we had one of the largest auditions we've ever had. But there was no real question once Aaron Swenson walked in the room that he was our Hedwig. Ten years and three productions later, no one can touch him in the role. It's like it was written for him.
Q. What's the moral of the story?
A. Underneath the rock/punk/country music and humor, it's a show about self-acceptance and finding one's other half.
If you couldn't watch the play before, now is your chance.
Hedwig and The Angry Inch
June 8-17 at The Egyptian Theatre
328 Main Street, Park City
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