Q: What is your favorite part of the show and why?
A: I have always loved “The Origin of Love.” It was actually the first song ever written for the show and serves as its thesis- at its heart, this show is about someone searching for their other half. This song is based on Aristophanes’ definition of love from “The Symposium.” I was probably the only student in my freshman college philosophy class that recognized the story and said, “This is from Hedwig!”
Q: Not counting this show, do you have a favorite rock musical? (And why?)
A: Well of course I have such an affinity for “Evita,” having worked on that with our own Hedwig, Lance Anthony. But my favorite rock score has to be “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Q: In our inaugural season, we are putting Fairfield "center stage" by producing shows in venues that connect with the story. Why is Trevi Lounge the perfect place in Fairfield for Hedwig's story?
A: Hedwig is meant to be performing in a small bar next to his ex’s giant stadium performance. The authors of the show encourage those producing the material to tailor the show to the site. So because there is no stadium next to Trevi, we’re setting the rival concert at the made-up Amazon Prime Whole Foods Stadium! But Hedwig being a genderqueer character, I can’t think of a more perfect venue than Trevi Lounge, which is a home for the local LGBTQ community.
Q: Many people are used to theatre being performed on a traditional elevated stage. Did not having this traditional stage and audience set-up help or hinder your direction of this rock musical?
A: It’s been such a fun challenge! Our main goal is to make sure that the audience can see all of the action while still giving special love to as many individual audience members in different sections of the venue as possible! So we’ll look at every number and I’ll move around to make sure there are no sight line issues and sometimes say, “can you venture over to these seats because they haven’t had a visit from you in a while?” I love that it’s such an intimate venue- closer to the original off-Broadway production.
Q: What have you learned from directing Hedwig and the Angry Inch?
A: “Hedwig” is so unique in that it is part-rock concert, part-stand up comedy routine, and part-one (wo)man show. I’m used to working with large ensembles, and getting to work one-on-one with Lance in crafting each section of the show has been amazing. It’s also a unique experience in that Yitzhak’s character is so defined by the actress playing him and the relationship with the actor playing Hedwig, so we are all discovering as we go! ”