Week 3: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Conceptual Sentences:

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about the origin of love.
    • Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about a man who did a botched sex-change operation to run away from home to find his completeness, his love, and his freedom.
      • Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about a man who did a botched sex-change operation for his lover that leaves an inch of scar which later becomes her band name as Angry Inch. After her divorce, she fell in love with the Rockstar who stole her songs and rejected her because of her gender. Hedwig sacrifices himself in seeking validation and emotional completeness through others. In the end, Hedwig let go of her past and hidings to find love within herself. 

“It is clear that I must find my other half. But is it a he or a she?…Is that how we put ourselves back together again?…Or can two people actually become one again?”

– Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Fuch’s questions

Space
It has both interior and outdoor space. The main space was on the stage where Hedwig was talking about her life and singing with her band. Space traveled from East Berlin to Junction City when her memories are passing by, and lingering through those intimate shared-space like her stage, bedroom with Luther, and bathroom with Tommy.

Time
The storyline narrates Hedwig’s life in the flashbacks of the people she met throughout her life, from her mom, Luther, Tommy, and Yitzhak, and they marked different periods of Hedwig.

Climate
 The climate changes from dry, cold at the East Berlin to warm and sunny in Phoenix when Hedwig moved with Luther. 

Mood
Hedwig’s life is expressed differently with her lyrics and actions:
Her fun and ambiguous in “Sugar Daddy”, her romantic and sweetness in “Wicked Little Town” with Tommy, heartbroken and falling apart in “Wig in a Box” and “The Long Grift”, longing the past and desperate in “Hedwig’s Lament” of her past and her mom, and finally burst form suppression and  having peace with herself in Midnight Radio

Social World
The planet tends to be a very private world and people are interchanging their identities and appearance, like Hedwig changing from Hansel to Hedwig and Yitzhak from drag queen to become Hedwig’s husband. Discovering their true self by playing different sexual roles in their life. 

Changes
Hedwig changed from yearning for another half to finding peace in herself. Through her years of sacrificing and disappointments from her father, Luther, and Tommy, Hedwig grows out of it by looking into herself and understand herself more. She is tired of being angry at the people who abandoned her when she loved them so much. Hedwig let go of them and forgive them to free herself. 

Myself
The Broadway soundtrack of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch from Neil Patrick Harris brings out all the emotions of Hedwig, and I could taste that bitterness and sweetness in her heartbroken experience.

No matter we are gay, lesbian, transgender, we all wear a mask to hide or express ourselves in a different channel while we are finding love in ourselves. We yearn for love, we yearn for another half so we could be loved again, we tried, we fell apart, we lost, and we discovered that the only love we yearn for is for ourselves. 

I deeply feel the same way about finding my other half. I always hope to have that person to love me in order to validate my values and complete me because I could not love myself and scared of myself. When people leave us in our childhood, it is easy to feel abandoned and lost the value of myself. I still do not know how to love myself, but I am trying to make myself better and happier, and let go of the expectations and validations from others. 

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