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ROŪGE Theater Presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch!


ROŪGE: Theater Reinvented is proud to present the legendary, Hedwig and the Angry Inch,

directed by Patrick Mullins. Prepare to kick off Pride month with a bang, an evening of rock 'n'

roll, side-splitting laughter, and soulful emotions at 37th and Zen as rockstar Hedwig takes

center stage, supported by their electrifying band, The Angry Inch, running May 30th to June

9th.


ROŪGE Theater revives this cult classic as part of their commitment to bring theater to

everyday people in everyday places. Starring Steve Pacek as Hedwig (AEA, known for Virginia

Stage Company performances of The Legend of Georgia McBride and Dial M for Murder) and

Leila Stephanie as Yitzhak. Get ready for a wild night of rock 'n' roll, laughter, and heartache as

"internationally ignored" rockstar Hedwig shares her journey to find stardom and love. Pacek

shines as Hedwig, and Stephanie (Yitzhak) impressively completes the dynamic duo.


Director Patrick Mullins, founder and executive producer of ROŪGE: Theater Reinvented,

known for his captivating productions at the Midsummer Fantasy Festival and immersive

experiences at the Hermitage Museum, brings this East Village-born sensation to life at the

iconic 37th and Zen, a Norfolk hotspot historically known for its acclaimed drag shows and

popular goth nights. Presenting Hedwig and the Angry Inch at a venue like 37th and Zen helps

break down theatrical barriers and allows individuals to connect more deeply to themselves,

each other, and the world around them.


Pacek, a Barrymore Award-winning actor, and local sensation Stephanie lead the charge in this

production that celebrates diversity and empowerment through theater. “As a gay male in the

90s, Hedwig and The Angry Inch was the first queer musical theater piece that resonated with

me that didn’t seem full of simulation,” recalls Mullins. Leila Stephanie, who also serves as

Director of Artistic Programming for ROŪGE adds, “Representation and the expression in which

queer folx exist in theatrical spaces are important. Hedwig embodies the essence of who we are

as drag performers, demanding to be seen and heard in all spaces—it's a magnifier of what we

already do as theater makers.”


Experience the immersive rock spectacle of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with us this Pride at the

iconic 37th and Zen, a venue with a rich history of diverse entertainment. This historic setting

perfectly embodies ROŪGE's commitment to the transcendent power of art. By backing

ROŪGE, you aren't just supporting the arts; you are also contributing to a brighter future for

Virginia's vibrant creative community.


WHO:

ROŪGE: Theater Reinvented, Directed by Patrick Mullins


WHAT:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch a rock musical presented by ROŪGE: Theater

Reinvented, Text by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask


WHEN:

Thursday, May 30th at 7:30PM

Friday, May 31st at 7:30PM

Sunday, June 2nd at 7:30PM

Thursday, June 6th at 7:30PM

Friday, June 7th at 7:30PM

Sunday, June 9th at 7:30PM


WHERE:

37th and Zen

1083 37th St

Norfolk, VA 23508


Parking is located in the front and side of the venue. And in the lot on the corner

of 38th and Hampton Blvd.


HOW:

Purchase tickets online: rougeva.org


Seated Tickets: $40

Standing Room: $25

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