Auditions for Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Open Auditions Saturday September 18th, 10am - 1pm
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Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Text by John Cameron Mitchell Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Sydney Parks Smith Vocal Director, Emily Erkman Music Director, Matthew Rothstein
Performs March 24 - April 23 (including previews)
Vocal Rehearsals begin October 2021 In person rehearsals begin Mid January 2022
Venue: Lincoln Center - Magnolia Theatre
Notes from the Director...
*Content Warning: references to sexual abuse, the body and genital-centered discussions of gender.*
Hedwig tells the story of Hansel, a "slip of a girlyboy" who loves philosophy and rock music. Hansel grows up in East Berlin, shadowed by the Berlin wall. While Hansel is relaxing in the sun one afternoon, he meets Luther Robinson, a U.S. soldier. Luther falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry. This plan will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the capitalist West. However, in order to be married, the couple must consist of a man and a woman. Hansel's mother, Hedwig, gives him her name and passport and she and Luther coerce Hansel into a gender reassignment surgery. "The sex change operation got botched" and Hansel, now Hedwig, is left with an "angry inch".
Hedwig follows Luther and his American Dream to Junction City, Kansas. Best laid plans are thrown out the trailer window after Luther leaves Hedwig on their first wedding anniversary for another man. To recover from her heartbreak and loneliness Hedwig befriends a shy and misunderstood Christian teenager Tommy Speck, with whom she writes some songs. Hedwig gives him the stage name "Tommy Gnosis", but he later leaves her and goes on to become a wildly-successful rock star with the songs Hedwig wrote alone and with him. "Internationally ignored" Hedwig and her band The Angry Inch are forced to support themselves by playing coffee bars and strip mall dives. Hedwig believes that Tommy is her soul mate and that she cannot be whole without him. She feels driven to either reunite with him or destroy him.
Age: 20s – 50s, Vocal range: Very strong rock Tenor. In many previous productions this role has been cast with a male presenting actor, we are looking for the actor who “nails it”.
Hedwig is the “internationally ignored song stylist” who fronts the punk rock band “The Angry Inch” Hedwig is a high voltage force on stage. Glamorous, charismatic and always commanding even when at her most vulnerable; must have a convincing East German accent; actor must be able to dexterously shift from character to character (Hedwig's mother, American G.I. Luther, Tommy Gnosis); actor should have terrific physical and vocal stamina. This character performs outside of the gender binary, while presenting as a woman for most of the show.
Partial nudity at the comfort level of the performer.
Age 20s -50s, Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano (wide vocal range is a must – high belt to an A5) In many previous productions this role has been cast with a female presenting actor, we are looking for the actor who “nails it”.
Yitzhak is Hedwig’s husband, roadie and back up singer. Yitzhak is bullied into the constraints of traditional masculinity and longs to be the feminine diva they dream of. Yitzhak longs to be in the spotlight but is constrained by Hedwig’s jealousy.