After our group (Lindsey, Stephanie, Rushali and myself) spent a few hours listening and going over the songs from Hedwig and the Angry inch, we decided we wanted to work with the song Wig in a Box for our design assignment for our midterm.
Here are the lyrics:
Our collective summary of the show
One Simple Sentence.
Hedwig & The Angry Inch is about the conflicts of self-identification.
- a search for stardom and love but finding out who she really is along the way
- Love and recognition
- love, sex and rock n’ roll
- figuring out who we are
- the changes one goes through in life
- The falsehood of physicality imposed on our identities
- The physical artifice of ones identity
One Complex Sentence.
Hedwig & The Angry Inch is about how we find independence and self-acceptance within ourselves despite the expectations of others and identities imposed on our bodies.
- the redemption one can experience by letting go and lifting others
- a woman who puts her faith and love in everyone else in her life only to get hurt
- figuring out who we are, who we want to be, and how our friends, family and partners help us become that.
Three-Five Sentence concepts. (yourself-context-content)
Theatre is out, debauchery is in. While previously a [flourishing doll-factory or famed theatre featuring the 10-year run of ‘Barbie: The Musical TBD’], the Belasco has since fallen into disrepair. In an abandoned state, it’s been co-opted by the local “weirdos”: a home for squatters, a dance hall for clubbers, a thunderdome for exiles. Within this space that’s at odds with itself, Hedwig and her partner Yitzhak also reconcile their own corporeal-vs-self identities and the expectations thrust upon them by others. The physical space and complimentary projections exacerbate this question of fragmented, unstable and changing identity through distortion, reflectivity, and juxtaposition. Ultimately, our heroes find and define themselves not to satisfy social norms, but their own best desires.
Who we once were or currently are, isn’t who we always have to be.
- abandoned space, disrepair – not currently being used
- reclaiming, fixing up of the theatre
- (whether it was a sex factory, or a theatre who’s last performance was barbie the musical years years years ago)
- Wig in a box
- Hiding oneself under a wig
- Becoming someone else
- Feelings of inferiority
- Feelings of pleasing someone else
- Physical identity vs. internal identity