What: The play Hedwig and the Angry Inch, by John Cameron Mitchell
When: February 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 pm, February 4 at 4 pm.
Who: Performed by UpstART Theater: www.UpstARTmoves.org
Where: Presented by Sherbino Theater: Tix at https://sherbino.org
How: Sponsored by Sherbino, KJ Wood Distillers, and the Ouray County Community Fund
For Immediate Release
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH will play Ridgway’s
SHERBINO THEATER for four nights only, February 1, 2,
and 3 at 7pm, and February 4 at 4 pm.
This show tells the story of Hedwig Schmidt, confessionalist & rock-n-roll goddess.
You have never seen anyone like her. She made unspeakable sacrifices to escape Communist East Germany in 1989, and found herself alone in a Kansas trailer park. Her love of rock music, wicked sense of humor, and songwriting talents made her the perfect mentor for “rock icon” TOMMY GNOSIS, and though he tries, she will not let him forget his debt to her. She’ll tell you her story of love, longing & revenge interspersed with some of the best rock songs you’ve ever heard.
It will blow your doors off.
UpstART and the Sherbino are proud to present Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical, text by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
Hedwig was developed in the late 90’s by Mitchell and Trask as an off-Broadway play,
where it won Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. Since then it has had many
regional productions, and was revived in 2014 on Broadway with Neil Patrick Harris in the title
role, where it won Tonys for Best Revival, Best Featured Actress, and Best Actor in a Musical.
“I love how playful it is,” said director Kate Kissingford. “Hedwig tells a universal
human story in an intensely entertaining and fun format. It’s the rare rock musical that has music
worth listening to, independent of the story. At the same time,” she said, “the story opens your
Dayna Geiger, a Denver-based actor who will play Yitzak in this production, would
agree. She saw the original off-Broadway production, and marveled, “I had never seen anything
like it; it was just so weird and so new.”
Dayna fronted her own rock band, so she identifies with Hedwig’s showmanship. At the
same time, she said, “I loved the music, listened to it on repeat, over and over again. This person
went through this totally unique experience, and how she deals with it is going around and
singing her story. It’s the story of this person figuring out what to make of her situation, and it
made me feel so hopeful.”
She told Kissingford a year ago that Yitzak was a dream role for her. “I remember when I
saw it, there was something so mysterious about Yitzak, and what becomes of the character is so
surprising. You don’t expect it at all.”
Denver actor Drew Horwitz will don the wig for the title role. He feels connected to the
role because he (like Hedwig) has “always wanted to be a rock star.” The role excites him
because of how “easily Hedwig shows her humor and her strength… but also the vulnerability
beneath the surface.”
Local audiences will remember both Dayna and Drew from previous UpstART
productions, most recently The Tempest this past July at the Wright.
Upstart’s 2018 season kicks off February 1 with Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It will also
include Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in July, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in October,
both at the Wright.
This will be UpstART’s first collaboration with the Sherbino. The production is also sponsored by KJ Wood Distillers and the Ouray County Community Fund.
For more information – www.upstartmoves.org [email protected] 970-325-3501