Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of transsexual
rocker Hedwig Schmidt, an East German immigrant whose sex change
operation has been botched and who finds herself living in a
trailer park in Kansas. Based on an immigrant woman who used
to baby-sit for librettist John Cameron Mitchell while turning
tricks in her Kansas trailer, Hedwig finds herself lost and alone,
lashing out in rebellion against her physical and emotional mutilation,
all the while motivated by an overpowering desire to find her
"other half," whoever or whatever that might be.
A poignant meditation on loneliness, gender confusion and
the romantic notion that sex is an effort to reconnect two halves
of one ideal being, Hedwig and the Angry Inch features
an exciting rock 'n' roll score by composer Stephen Trask.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened its official Off-Broadway
run on February 14, 1998, at the Jane Street Theatre in the old
Hotel Riverview, a relic near the Hudson River that once sheltered
the surviving crew of the Titanic. The show has been embraced
by critics and audiences alike, quickly becoming something of
a cult classic. New Line Cinema has purchased the movie rights
and plans to bring Hedwig to the big screen.
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