“Hedwig and The Angry Inch” is about the origin of love.
“Hedwig and The Angry Inch” is a story about trusting and loving other humans in a money-hungry world.
“Hedwig and The Angry Inch” is a love story wrapped up in a capitalist Cold War environment and told from a framework of queerness. The play tells the story of a young person who undergoes a botched sex change in order to migrate, and experiences the subsequent consequences of unresolved childhood trauma. The play posits the idea of the origin of love and superstar fame in order to complicate our motivations and experiences surrounding love, artistry and trust.
ELINOR FUCH’S QUESTIONS:
WHAT IS SPACE LIKE ON THIS PLANET? The space on this planet is claustrophobic and uncomfortable. It is small, confined, and cold. It is laced with remnants of war but trying to hide it. The space is lonely, even amongst many.
HOW DOES TIME BEHAVE ON THIS PLANET? Time on this planet is self-reflective and memory is strong. It is quick and moved by huge spectacle.
ASK ABOUT THE CLIMATE ON THIS PLANET? The climate is cold, grey and with impending storms.
WHAT IS THE SEASONAL FEEL OF THIS WORLD? The mood is uncomfortably waiting for something to happen, raging, angry, sad, furious, passionate.
IS THIS A PUBLIC WORLD, OR PRIVATE? The world is public, the motives and events of the characters are impacted by public socioeconomic events and politics. A lot of time is spent outside or in public spaces.
HOW DO FIGURES DRESS ON THIS PLANET? The figures dress in spectacular drag, costumes, and casual clothes that are still able to mark queerness as a way of projecting identity.
IS LANGUAGE COLORFUL OR FLAT, CLIPPED OR FLOWING, METAPHORICAL OR ILLOGICAL? Language is vibrant and shifts mood and color very quickly. Language is theatrical and musical.
“Look at the first image. Now look at the last. Then locate some striking image near the center of the play […] Why was it essential to pass through the gate of the central image to get from the first to the last?” The moment that changes everything for me is when Hedwig has a breakdown and transitions into Tommy Gnosis, signaling a return to some kind of “origin”, as well as following the motifs of gender shifts, wholeness in love and becoming.