Flyer for Feb. 2016 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hartwick College Theatre Arts Presents “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

January 25, 2016

The Hartwick College Theatre Arts Program will soon present Hedwig and the Angry Inch, written by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. The production will run from February 11 to 14 at 8 p.m. in the Lab Theatre, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. Admission is $5 for the Hartwick community (and all local students with school ID), and $10 for the general public.

The production will be directed by Nathan Skethway ’16 and will star James Canal ’16 as Hedwig.

Dramatist Play Service describes Hedwig and the Angry Inch as “the story of ‘internationally ignored song stylist’ Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation…This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band, The Angry Inch.”

Skethway and Canal’s production will complete their senior theses in theatre arts. Along with directing and performing, Skethway and Canal also act as designers for the show — Skethway in set, lighting, and sound, and Canal in costumes.

As Skethway explained when he and Canal first proposed this ambitious project, “we understand that musicals, even shorter, small-casted ones, do not make for a conventional thesis; however, we both believe that there is no reason to consign ourselves to being conventional theatre students. Strides are made when conventions are left behind, and we believe that we have what it takes to produce this beautiful, energetic, and incredibly entertaining show.”

The rest of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch cast includes Abbey Vermeal ’18 (portraying Yitzhak) and “The Angry Inch” rock band, composed of M.W. Degan ’11 (bass), Thomas Horton ’16 (guitar), Adam Fredette ’18 (guitar), and Mike Turi ’17 (percussion). The production is stage managed by Alyssa Ralph ’17.

For an interactive viewing experience, limited floor seating will be available first come, first served.

Skethway and Canal have submitted this production as an associate entry for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

To reserve tickets, call 607-431-4227 or email

For additional information, contact Production Assistant/Academic Intern Katelyn Welch at