Halloween Performance of Hedwig to Benefit BC/EFA

News   Halloween Performance of Hedwig to Benefit BC/EFA A one-night-only performance of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Presented by GoFigure Productions in association with the Delaware City Theater Company, the Oct. 31 evening at the York Theatre Company's Theater Space at St. Peter's will feature Barrymore Award winner David Colbert in the title role. Colbert has premiered the role of Hedwig in three states.

Michael Gray will direct the production, which also features Petra DeLuca as Yitzahk. Show time is 9 PM.

The Angry Inch band comprises Joe Trainor (keyboards), Chris Gordon (lead guitar), Joe Testa (rhythm guitar), Kevin Niemi (bass) and Sam Williamson (drums). The creative team includes Joe Trainor (music director), Rick Neidig (lighting design), Steve Manocchio (sound design), Kevin Regan and Joel Rickenbach (multimedia design) and David Colbert and Petra DeLuca (costume and make-up design).

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to production notes, "tells the story of an 'internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for love and stardom. Born a boy named Hansel whose life's dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned 'angry inch.' Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she pushes on to form a rock band and encounters a lover/protégé in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star. Hedwig presents an absorbing narrative of Plato’s Symposium and the fierce battle of self acceptance with love found, lost and found again, supported by the blistering, punk-fueled rock of the fictional Eastern European band, The Angry Inch."

The York Theatre Company's Theater Space at St. Peter's is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street. Tickets, priced at $50, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. Visit www.broadwaycares.org for more information.        

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