Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Jul 10, 2020 - Jul 25, 2020
Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth, NH
Please read our safety guidelines and requirements on our website before purchasing a ticket. These can be found on our homepage or https://seacoastrep.org/coronavirus/ • Seats must be bought as whole groups without leaving single seats open•
The trail of rainbow carnage continues! Join Seacoast Repertory Theatre for a Red Light special engagement of the four-time Tony Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Innovative, heartbreaking, and savagely funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that broke the mold and captured Broadway. This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.
You haven’t seen Hedwig like this. Raw, intimate, always different, always unique, always live as-all-hell.
Hedwig Schmidt, a leather-fisted East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.” This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch.”
Directed by Ben Hart and Brandon James, the creative force behind recent Seacoast smash hits Avenue Q, Mad Haus, A New Brain, Tommy and more, Hedwig is a glamorous multimedia punk-rock show sure to delight newcomers and long-time Hedwig Fans.
Hedwig will be played by award-winning Seacoast Rep resident Jason Faria (A New Brain, Avenue Q). He’ll be supported by fellow SRT resident Alyssa Dumas (Violet, Xanadu) and backed by a live rock band.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not appropriate for all audiences. It contains animated depictions of sexual assault, instances of transphobic and homophobic language, implied child abuse, and other content which might trigger certain sensitivities
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Text by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Last night, my husband and I went to the Seacoast Rep to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The show was incredible, as it was the first time I saw this show and indeed as every show I've ever seen at the Rep has been (and I've seen many). However, while the certainty of a show at the Rep being fabulous is never in question, there is a lot of uncertainty in other areas at this time. For anyone debating whether it is too risky to attend a show right now, allow me to perhaps ease your mind.
Upon entering the lobby, every patron's temperature is taken with a touchless thermometer. Everyone except the performers wear masks the entire show- from the patrons to the ushers to Mark, the house manager. There are marked spots on the floor to show 6' distance in areas prone to lines, such as the restrooms and at the bar, despite operating at only 30% capacity. Inside the theater itself, seats are cordoned off with tape to ensure a minimum 6' of distance between patrons who are not attending together, and in alternating rows so no matter where you sit, there will be nobody immediately behind nor immediately in front of you. I saw an usher kindly ask one person to move over because his seat was not 6' away from another person's. An usher wiped down stair railings at regular intervals without disrupting our enjoyment of the show. Every area was clean and sanitary and every possible precaution was taken to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. For last night being the first live show at the Rep under these circumstances, I can't think of a single detail that was overlooked.
I apologize for the length of this post, but if you've stuck with me this far, let me finish by saying how thrilled I am that our amazing local theater has survived these trying times. If you feel ready to let go of the real world for a couple of hours, be assured the Seacoast Rep has your health and safety at the top of their priorities and go enjoy this show. As Hedwig herself would say, "I must laugh, because I will cry if I don't." - ?Amanda Sirois Moutsoulas?