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“Hedwig & the Angry Inch” is Weird, Queer, and Very Wesleyan

Photo credit: Chloe Briskin

Last weekend, a production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch performed three shows in Alpha Delta Phi’s Grotto. If you’ve never heard of Hedwig, let’s just say that it is a sight to behold, and this version was no exception.

I live in Alpha Delt, so skipping this show was out of the question for me; I do my laundry down the hall from the Grotto, and I kept walking in on Hedwig rehearsals during the first two weeks of school. I also knew several of the people who worked on it, including the director (Maia Nelles-Sager ’17), the stage manager (Chloe Briskin ’18), and the bassist (our managing editor Maya). But I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew a Wesleyan alum, Stephen Trask ’89, had written the music and lyrics. I knew that the main character was genderqueer – traditionally performed by a cis man in women’s clothing, although in this version the actor was also genderqueer – and that the only other character onstage was a gay man played by a woman. And I knew there was a rock band. But that’s about it.

PETER PINELLI & THE BUFFALOLIGARCHY, BEAT THE GRAVE, ALPHA DELT

ATTN ALL YOU CATS STILL ON CAMPUS:

This Friday at 10:30 in The Grotto, let the frenetic grooves of Peter Pinelli and the Buffaloligarchy electrify and excite your body and soul, while Beat the Grave‘s beefy rhythms fill your music-hungry tummy. Don’t bring your momma or your pappa but remember your dancing shoes, because we don’t want you tearing up our mahogany floors.

Date: Friday, June 17th
Time: 10:30 PM
Place: The Grotto