From: Christopher Johnson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:17 PM
Subject: The Bastard (Theatre) presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THE BASTARD (THEATRE) PRESENTS
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
BOOK BY JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
MUSIC & LYRICS BY STEPHEN TRASK
February 14-23, 2013
Thursdays at 7:30 PM | Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM & 10:30 PM
Live on stage at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street
All tickets $15.00 | Call (520) 425-4163 for more information
Purchase tickets online at www.HedwigTucson.com
Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Directed by Christopher Johnson
Music Direction by David Lane
Featuring Dani Dryer as Yitzhak and Christopher Johnson as Hedwig with
Miles Bartlett (Guitar), Andrew Lane (Drums), David Lane (Piano) & Ben Schneider (Bass)
Costume and Makeup Design by Shana Nunez
This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of “internationally ignored song-stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing 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.”
“HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH brings theater alive with the pounding sounds of rock 'n' roll and the funny sad voicing of a painful past…it is also an adult, thought-provoking musical about the quest for individuality…the kind of Rocky Horror Picture Show-style event that may inspire a rabid cult following.”
-The New York Times
“In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
is the first one that truly rocks.”
John Cameron Mitchell’s (Book) HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, written with Stephen Trask, made its debut on the stage of Squeezebox, a New York City rock 'n' roll drag bar. The show then premiered Off-Broadway, receiving rave reviews. He was awarded an Obie Award, a "New York Magazine" Award, a Drama League Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.
He has received a Drama Desk Award Nomination the role of Dickon in the Broadway production of THE SECRET GARDEN. Off-Broadway, Mitchell received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for the role of Larry Kramer in THE DESTINY OF ME. In Lincoln Center’s HELLO AGAIN, Mitchell received a Drama Desk Nomination. He also appeared in the original Broadway production of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION and as Huck Finn in the Broadway production of BIG RIVER.
Stephen Trask (Music/Lyrcis) is the author of the music and lyrics for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. He was the original leader of the notorious Squeeze Box house band. During his time there as Music Director he performed with Debbie Harry, Lene Lovitch, Hole, Green Day, Joey Ramone, as well as New York's most popular drag queens. For five years Stephen performed with his band, Cheater, who originated the role of “The Angry Inch” Off-Broadway and performed on the original cast recording.
During HEDWIG’s reign at the Jane Street Theatre, Stephen received an Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a 1998 "New York Magazine" Award, Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding New Musical, a Grammy Nomination for Best Cast Album, and two GLAMA Awards: Best Cast Album and Best Score for Film or Stage.
Christopher Johnson (Direction/Hedwig) is the Founding Artistic Director of The Bastard (Theatre), Co-Artistic Director of Winding Road Theater Ensemble and a member of the Acting Company at The Rogue Theatre. This season he has appeared with The Rogue in JOURNEY TO THE WEST, THE NIGHT HERON and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN. He originally portrayed Hedwig in 2009 -- AZ Daily Star Mac Award Nomination for Best Actor -- for Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop where he was then serving a five-year stint as Artistic Director.
Directing credits include the World Premiere workshop productions of UNITED, THE WIZARDS HAVE LANDED and THE PENIS MONOLOGUES; the Arizona Premieres of PERSEPHONE OR SLOW TIME, THE BOOK OF LIZ, MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS -- AZ Daily Star MAC Award Nomination for Best Director, I WROTE THIS PLAY TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME and BUG; the Tucson Premieres of SPEECH & DEBATE and KILLER JOE -- AZ Daily Star MAC Award Nomination for Best Director, as well as new productions of WIT -- AZ Daily Star MAC Award Nomination for Best Drama, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW -- AZ Daily Star MAC Award Nomination for Best Director, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and SAVAGE IN LIMBO.
David Lane (Music Direction/Keyboard) is a composer of music and words who normally finds himself working on projects of his own creation with a local audience and an always growing scope. These include his work co-founding, co-writing for, and co-singing for the musical group Banquets, his work as the solo musician Madame Zero, and additional fiction, poetry, and film work. Most recently, his first musical is being recorded and prepared for pitching and his novella THE CHANGING CALENDAR OF PALAISE is out in the press market.
Dani Dryer (Yitzhak) played Yitzhak in the 2009 Etcetera production of HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH as well as directing and acting in more than 20 other productions for the late-night troupe. She has appeared locally with Winding Road Theater Ensemble (UNITED), The Rogue Theatre (JOURNEY TO THE WEST and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN) and Arizona Onstage Productions (STEEL MAGNOLIAS). Other notable credits include BUG, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, MR. MARMALADE, KITTY KITTY KITTY, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS, DYING CITY and PSYCHO BEACH PARTY.
The Bastard (Theatre) was founded in 2012 by Christopher Johnson after leaving his five-year post as Artistic Director of Etcetera, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop, with the intention of continuing the work Etcetera was presenting under Johnson as Artistic Director -- new and contemporary plays by, for, with and about Americans in their twenties and thirties. The Bastard is interested in theatre that explores what young people are doing right now to understand themselves and their lives, and what happens when they don’t, can’t, won’t or are prevented from doing so.
The Bastard's creed is "VIOLENT. LUSTY. STRAIGHT FROM THE GUT." This creed wholly signifies The Bastard's artistic aesthetic from play selection to acting style to the experience of being in the audience of a Bastard production.
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