PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Intimate Backstage Moments With Jinkx Monsoon at Seattle's Hedwig and the Angry Inch
23 Dec 2013
Jerick Hoffer, whose drag alter-ego Jinkx Monsoon was crowned the winner of the fifth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," returned to the Seattle stage Dec. 17 in a remounting of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photographer Jason Ganwich documented Monsoon's pre-show rituals at a recent performance.
Ian Bell directed the Dec. 17-22 engagement of Hedwig, which played the Moore Theatre. Hoffer starred in Hedwig for the Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group earlier this year. The companies also presented the encore staging.
Hoffer was joined by Erin Stewart as Yitzhak. The members of the "Angry Inch" included musicians from the Seattle bands The Walkabouts, 1uppers, Zony Mash and Swallow. Hedwig has a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
The musical centers on "Hedwig Schmidt, the transgender rock-and-roll goddess who recounts her outrageous life story as the lead singer of a sleazy lounge act, backed by her recalcitrant husband Yitzhak and her band, 'The Angry Inch.'"
Hoffer appeared as the lead dancer in the world's largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. Hoffer's other credits include Balagan Theatre's Spring Awakening, The 5th Avenue Theatre's Rent and Hairspray in concert.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.