News and notes from the San Antonio theater scene
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Roy Thomas dons the wig that made him (locally) famous `see "Bright light," July 15-21, 2004`. His StarShock Productions is teaming with Actors Theatre of San Antonio to return the anatomically incorrect rock odyssey Hedwig and the Angry Inch to the local stage. For those not in the know, the story goes that Hedwig, born a humble East Berliner named Hansel, wanted to marry an American G.I., and the pre-nuptial festivities included a botched sex-change operation. You'll hear the details from Hedwig herself, now touring small venues across the country with her band in the shadow of her ex-lover and protegé, the arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis. The show runs November 13-27 at the CameoCenter in St. Paul Square (now with parking!) Thomas' Hedwig has a cult following, so make a reservation at 738-2872.
Faculty member Charles Jeffries has created an interior, ensemble adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, which the St. Philip's College Theatre Department will present October 29-30 and November 10-13. The show is also the college's official entry in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in Houston on November 6, but as of press time administrative politics may prevent the cast from attending. If Hamlet doesn't go to Houston, it'll be a shame. The department has grown from three to more than 30 majors in recent years, and their last two Shakespearean entries at ACTF (Macbeth and Titus Andronicus) won awards. Here's hoping bureaucracy won't get in the way of their momentum. Local audiences can see the production in the Watson Fine Arts Center Theatre on the main campus. Call 531-4704 for reservations and information.
If you're a musician who wants to write plays, or a playwright who's run out of metaphors, Gemini Ink's got the answer for you! Playwright C. Denby Swanson is teaching Playwriting as Music: Rhythm, Riffs, and Rants, which promises to explore playwriting through the structure of music. Swanson, a former Fellow in Playwriting at the UT Michener Center for Writers, and the Artistic Director of Austin Script Works, says the class is great for beginning writers needing a kick-start, as well as for more experienced writers who need a few new tools in the toolbox. Class will meet for four consecutive Tuesdays, November 2-23, 6:30-9 p.m., at Gemini Ink (513 S. Presa). The fee is $90 for members of Gemini Ink, and $100 for non-members. Call 734-9673 to register.
Compiled by Laurie Dietrich