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.
From Maia Golden ’17:
Ladies and Gentlemen, whether you like it or not… HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Wesleyan’s own Stephen Trask ’89, is happening right here at Wesleyan University and we want each and every one of you to come by and try your hand at playing the internationally ignored song stylist known as Hedwig or her sullen roadie, Yitzhak.
Please prepare a song in the style of the show. Sides will be provided.
Date: Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Place: Usdan Multi Purpose Room (B25)
Excited for Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the film series this week? Michael Leung ’15 writes in to tell us about a career center lunch with a dude who has a wikipedia page who also happened to write the music and lyrics for the film (among others):
Students interested in Theatre, Music and Film take note!!
Want to learn about the inside secrets of the theatre, music and film industry? Come enjoy lunch and talk to Stephen Trask ’89. Stephen Trask was the music director and house band member at the New York club Squeezebox, where he performed with stars such as Debbie Harry, Lene Lovich and Joey Ramone. Trask also received an Obie Award and a Grammy award nomination for his work in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical about a transsexual rock star. He is a prolific film music composer whose works include The Station Agent, The Savages, Lovelace and Admission.
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Olson Commons, Career Center
Cost: Free Lunch!