In 11th Hour’s First Cross-Country Co-production
This full-blown rock sensation will be directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien and star Steve Pacek and Serenity Segarra in not one, but two states! Feel the magic during the Philadelphia run at the historic Christ Church Neighborhood House this spring.
11th Hour Theatre Company and Cardinal Stage team up to present the fourth-wall smashing musical sensation, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. This production will be directed by 11th Hour co-founder and resident director, Megan Nicole O’Brien, and star another 11th Hour co-founder and local favorite, Steve Pacek, in the title role. This wickedly funny rock musical will first have performances in Philadelphia before crossing state lines to run at Cardinal Stage in Bloomington, Indiana. This co-production was a no-brainer for both companies, as the Cardinal Stage Artistic Director is former 11th Hour Associate Producer, and home-grown powerhouse, Kate Galvin. Tickets are $51 (including a $4 processing fee) and can be purchased online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or by phone at 267-987-9865.
“The most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!” – TIME Magazine
Rolling Stone’s “Best Rock Musical Ever” endlessly praised by audiences and critics alike, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. 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, she recounts her moving journey to wholeness in this wickedly funny and heartbreaking rock-musical.
“We are so excited to be partnering with 11th Hour on this production. Steve Pacek starred in The Glass Menagerie at Cardinal last season and our audience is really looking forward to seeing him as Hedwig. For us this is a great chance to collaborate with a company that I know well and start branching out into co-producing locally and regionally,” says Kate Galvin.
The show will begin previews in Philadelphia April 23rd, with press opening Monday, April 27th. Shows run until May 10th, 2020 at Christ Church Neighborhood House.
The Philadelphia production will be designed by Britton Mauk (Set), Scott McMaster (Costumes/Wigs), Lucas Fendlay (Sound), Noelle McManus (Props), and Christina Watanabe (Lighting).
We will have a special LGBTQ+ Happy Hour from 5-7pm before the performance on April 30th. Join us for entertainment by drag star Miss Elaine and local visual artist Nyk Lifson.
11th Hour Theatre Co. & Cardinal Stage present:
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
By John Cameron Mitchell
Music by Stephen Trask
Directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien
Music Directed by Dan Kazemi
DATES: April 23rd-May 10th
LOCATION: Christ Church Neighborhood House
About the Creators
John Cameron Mitchell is an actor, writer, director, and producer best known for his work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He 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 rocks. The final version of the show, with the songs of Stephen 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. 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.
About Cardinal Stage
Cardinal Stage produces high-quality professional theater that engages audiences and strengthens the cultural, educational and economic vibrancy of South Central Indiana.
Cardinal Stage was established in 2006 by founding Artistic Director Randy White and a dedicated board of directors. Now lead by Artistic Director Kate Galvin and Managing Director Gabe Gloden, Cardinal Stage programs a range of material to compliment the diverse interests of Bloomington, Indiana and the surrounding region. Cardinal Stage shows are critically praised and popular with audiences throughout South-Central Indiana. Over the years, Cardinal Stage has grown into the largest arts organization in Bloomington, creating opportunities for dozens of actors, designers, and technical crew members each season.
In 2018, the organization was honored by the American Theater Wing with a National Theater Company Award. An anchor of the Bloomington community, Cardinal Stage has received the Community Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education presented by Ivy Tech Community College (2018) and the Downtown Revitalization Award presented by Downtown Bloomington, Inc. (2017).
About 11th Hour Theatre Company
11th Hour Theatre Company is Philadelphia’s premiere musical theatre company dedicated to producing all musicals, all the time. Intimate by design, 11th Hour creates a lasting experience with the audience by producing character-driven musical theatre.
11th Hour produces a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of artists and the imaginations of audiences. Over the past fifteen seasons, they have produced seventeen full-scale musicals, nine of which were Philadelphia premieres. In addition to the World Premiere of their first commission, Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. 11th Hour produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, 11th Hour partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth. With support from the Independence Foundation, 11th Hour recently commissioned their second musical from a local writing team, a Civil War-themed project currently titled Something Like a War.
11th Hour has received a total of 55 Barrymore Award nominations. Their work has been recognized with 15 awards, including five recently for Lizzie (including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical), and several individual awards for their artists. Founding member Steve Pacek was also the proud recipient of the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. In 2013, 11th Hour became the first-ever recipient of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater.