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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Cast & Creative Team

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Chip Miller

Delphon “DJ” Curtis Jr.Hedwig
Ithica Tell*Yitzhak

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Darian Anthony PatrickSkszp (band director/percussion)
Maria Del CastilloKrzyzhtof (guitar)
Jasmine WoodsSchlatko (guitar)
Nsayi MatingouJacek (bass)
Amir ShiraziMusic Director
Darian Anthony PatrickBand Director/ Percussion
Britton MaukScenic Designer
Dominique Fawn HillCostume Designer
Avi SheehanLighting Designer
Em GustasonSound Designer
Jamie LeonardVideo Designer
Jessica MillerWig Designer
Janine Vanderhoff*Stage Manager
Karl HanoverDialect Coach
Dana PetersenProduction Assistant

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Meet the Cast

Delphon "DJ" Curtis Jr., Hedwig

DJ is overjoyed to make his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut as Hedwig! He graduated from William Peace University with a B.F.A. in musical theater. DJ has performed in productions across the country, including several occasions with North Carolina Symphony through the Manning Chamber Music Series. Favorite credits include: David Lee’s adaptation of Lerner and Lowe’s Camelot with The Old Creamery Theatre and Great Plains Theatre, The Wiz with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, and Ruined at Burning Coal Theatre Company. Local credits: A Christmas Carol and Crowns at Portland Playhouse; Sides: The Musical at Portland Playhouse and Lakewood Theatre Company for the Fertile Ground Festival. He would like to thank his loved ones for their distant, and close, love and support. He would also like to give a special thank you to the cast and crew: Without every single one of you, this would not be possible.

Ithica Tell, Yitzhak
Ithica Tell, Yitzhak

Ithica is delighted to return to Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where she was previously seen as Doris the Church Lady in The Color Purple and The Lady in Blue in for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Other favorite roles include: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (PAMTA Award) and Othello in Othello at Post5 Theatre; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at Willamette Shakespeare; Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Anonymous Theatre; and Ursula in Bon Temps Rouler at the Shakespeare Café at the Bremer Shakespeare Company in Bremen, Germany to name a few. Ithica has appeared on Grimm (NBC), The Librarians (TNT), The Benefits of Gusbandry (web series) and Life After First Failure (CW Seed). She would like to give big love and thanks to her sister Isha for “the acting bug” and to Ethan, for bringing the perfect balance to her life with his love.

The Angry Inch

Darian Anthony Patrick, Skszp (band director, percussion)
Darian is a multi-instrumentalist based in Portland. Focusing on percussion, with training in classical and jazz vocal performance as well as electric and bass guitar, Darian performs a broad range of musical styles focusing on the African diasporic traditions, including blues, rock, R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian styles. He has studied percussion with masters Israel Annoh and Caton Lyles, and guitar with William Seiji Marsh. Darian performs regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest. darianpatrickmusic.com

Maria Del Castillo, Krzyzhtof (guitar)
Maria is a self-taught guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from Lima, Peru. Growing up queer and undocumented in a small, conservative city in Florida, she turned to music for sanctuary and community, eventually moving to Portland in 2007 to pursue a music career. Since then, she’s been performing locally in a variety of projects, as well as composing music for indie video games.

Jasmine Linée Wood, Schlatko (guitar)
Jasmine is a self-taught artist from Portland. A guitarist, pianist, vocalist, and songwriter since childhood, she is known for her indie-rock band, Haste, and she is currently recording a new album under the moniker KIITE. Jasmine’s work explores minimalism. Her love for noise guitar and fuzz are combined with meditation and nature field recordings in her current project, creating a distorted, ambient soundscape. She is also a photographer, fashion stylist, and model, and operates her own fashion brand, Confession Theory. She has written and performed live film scores for Church of Film, which focuses on marginal, art-house cinema, with an emphasis on radical political education and mutual-aid. 

Nsayi Matingou, Jacek (bass)
A Northwest local and multi-instrumentalist, Nsayi has been a part of Portland’s underground and indie music scene for over a decade. As an underground rocker, Nsayi has spent her musical career touring throughout the United States, sharing her affinity for grunge, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll in basements, bars, and concert halls. This is her first musical production with Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and she couldn’t be more excited and honored to bring a little bit of the underground to the stage.

Meet the Creative Team

John Cameron Mitchell, Text
John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, written with Stephen Trask, made its debut on the stage of SqueezeBox, a New York City rock 'n' roll drag bar. The show then premiered Off-Broadway, receiving rave reviews. John was awarded an Obie Award, a New York Magazine Award, a Drama League Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. John’s film adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch received directing and acting awards at festivals such as Sundance (Audience Award, Best Director), Berlin, Deauville, Seattle International, San Francisco International, and San Francisco’s Lesbian & Gay Festival. The film was also honored by the National Board of Review, The L.A. Film Critics Association, Premiere Magazine, and the Golden Globes (nomination for Best Actor, Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy). He has received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role of Dickon in the Broadway production of The Secret Garden. Off-Broadway, Mitchell received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role as Larry Kramer in The Destiny of Me. In Lincoln Center’s Hello Again, John received a Drama Desk nomination. He also appeared in the original Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation and as Huck Finn in the Broadway production of Big River. John adapted and directed Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth for New York’s Drama Dept. Theatre Company, of which he is a founding member.

Stephen Trask, Music & Lyrics
Stephen Trask is the author of the music and lyrics for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as the original music director. He was also the original leader of the notorious SqueezeBox house band, performing with Debbie Harry, Lene Lovitch, Hole, Green Day, Joey Ramone, as well as New York's most popular drag queens. For five years, Stephen performed with his band Cheater, who originated The Angry Inch band Off-Broadway and performed on the original cast recording. From 1993-1998, Stephen danced with and accompanied The Corner Store Dance Company. He has scored numerous dance pieces and movies. During Hedwig’s reign at the Jane Street Theatre, Stephen received an Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a New York Magazine Award, Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding New Musical, a Grammy Award nomination for Best Cast Album, and two GLAMA Awards: Best Cast Album and Best Score for Film or Stage. He was the producer for the album by rock band Nancy Boy, as well as the score and soundtrack album for the film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He also composed the music for New York Theatre Workshop’s Cavedweller, adapted from Dorothy Allison’s novel, and works regularly in the film world, supplying the original scores for Camp, The Station Agent, and The West Memphis Three.

Chip Miller, Director 
Chip is a director and producer, currently in the role of associate producer at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. They were previously the artistic associate/resident director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Directing: Redwood (world premiere, Portland Center Stage at The Armory); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Welcome to Fear City, Sex with Strangers, A Raisin in the Sun (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Becoming Martin by Kevin Willmott (world premiere, The Coterie Theatre); dwb: driving while black (Lawrence Arts Center); 4:48 Psychosis (The Buffalo Room). Chip has developed work with playwrights including Kevin Willmott, Kara Lee Corthron, Brittany K. Allen, Catherine Trieschmann, Darren Canady, Andrew Rosendorf, Michelle T. Johnson, and Michael Finke. They have developed work at The William Inge Theater Festival, NYU Steindhard’s New Plays for Young Audiences, Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s JAW, Orlando Shakes’ Playfest, Midwest Dramatists Center, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s OriginKC: New Works Festival. Education: B.F.A., NYU Tisch School of the Arts. 

Amir Shirazi, Music Director
Amir (they/them/theirs) is an active composer, arranger, sound designer, music director, and songwriter. Their theatrical credits include productions with Portland Actors Ensemble (for which they won the Outdoor Shakespeare Festival Award in 2012 for Best Sound Design of Twelfth Night), Post5 Theatre Company, Milagro Theatre (for which they won a Drammy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music for ¡O Romeo!), Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Corrib Theatre, and most recently, Portland Center Stage at The Armory (Macbeth). Amir serves as artistic director to Transpose PDX, which is a non-profit choral arts organization serving the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community. They graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in music, concentrating in composition and theory. amirbshirazi.com

Britton Mauk, Scenic Designer
Britton is a Pittsburgh-based scenic designer. This past year, he designed two world premieres: The Burdens at City Theatre Company and Old Man and the Sea at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Some of his other recent designs include The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at City Theatre Company and Coram Boy at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Britton has designed for regional theaters such as Cardinal Stage (Fun Home) in Bloomington, IN, and Mixed Blood (Mermaid Hour Remixed) in Minneapolis. Closer to home, he has designed for CLO Cabaret (Xanadu), Prime Stage (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), and Quantum Theatre (The River). Britton is a member of the USITT Diversity and Inclusion Committee and enjoys mentoring up-and-coming theater makers as the co-coordinator for the USITT Gateway Program. 

Dominique Fawn Hill, Costume Designer
Dominique is elated to be joining Portland Center Stage at The Amory this season. Her regional design credits include: One Night in Miami (City Theatre Company); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Pipeline (City Theatre Company); Julius Caesar (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Candide (Ava Company/A Noise Within). Other design credits: 125th & FreeDOM (National Black Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Boston Court Pasadena); Beauty and the Beast (Cumberland County Playhouse); Chicago (Sonoma County Repertory Theater). Associate/assistant designs: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (The Public Theater); Natasha Pierre & THE GREAT COMET of 1812 (Broadway); Everybody (Signature Theatre). She holds an M.F.A. from The University of California, San Diego. dominiquefhill.com

Avi Sheehan, Lighting Designer
Avi is excited to be back at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where they were the lighting apprentice last season. Recent lighting design credits include DNA at Oregon Children's Theatre, Smokefall at Defunkt Theatre, Queer Opera at Portland State University, Newsies at Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, and Elizabeth Rex at Oak Park Festival Theatre. Originally from Baltimore and here by way of Chicago, Avi is so thankful for the welcoming home that Portland has provided, personally and artistically. They send love and thanks for the support of their partner, Sarah, and cat, Theo. 

Em Gustason, Sound Designer
Years ago, Em received an anonymous package in the mail containing a marked up Hedwig and the Angry Inch script. He has been waiting to design it ever since. Other Portland credits include Mary’s Wedding at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Marjorie Prime with Artists Repertory Theatre, James and the Giant Peach with Oregon Children's Theatre, and How We Got On with Portland Playhouse. He holds a B.A. in technical theater and audio recording from The Evergreen State College and is a proud member of IASTE Local 28, here in Portland.

Jamie Leonard, Video Designer
Jamie is a lighting and projection designer currently based out of Kansas City, Missouri. His most recent credits include Ragtime (associate lighting designer) and Oklahoma! (lighting designer) at Musical Theater Heritage, The Brothers Paranormal (assistant lighting designer) with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Memphis (lighting designer) with The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, and Brother Toad (assistant projection designer) at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. She is also currently the lighting director for the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri. They are thrilled to be here and would like to thank his family/friends for all their support and guidance through the years. 

Jessica Miller, Wig Designer
Jessica is so excited to be back for her third season as the wig master and designer for Portland Center Stage at The Armory. She has a B.A. in costume design from the University of Oregon. It is there where her passion for wig making and styling began. She later got her cosmetology license so that she could learn all aspects of hair. As a wig maker, her credits include last season's The Color Purple, Crossing Mnisose, and Sense and Sensibility.

Janine Vanderhoff, Stage Manager 
Janine is thrilled to be back for her fifth season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. She recently stage managed Macbeth, Tiny Beautiful Things, A Christmas Memory/Winter Song, and The Color Purple. Other favorites include: Wild and Reckless, The Oregon Trail, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. In New York, Janine worked on The Lion King, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Portland credits: Sweeney Todd (Portland Opera), PlayHow to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, and The Other Place (Portland Playhouse). Touring: The GraduateCatsThe Vagina MonologuesJekyll & Hyde, and Show Boat. Production management: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and AEA member.   

Karl Hanover, Dialect Coach
Karl has been involved in theater in various capacities for the last 25 years. Previous dialect work includes OrlandoThe CallBlue DoorAntigone Project2.5 Minute Ride, and Twilight: Los Angeles with Profile Theatre; A Christmas Carol and The Language Archive with Portland Playhouse; Hen Night EpiphanyBelfast GirlsLifeboatQuietlyHurl, How to Keep An Alien, and Eclipsed with Corrib Theatre; A Christmas Memory and, most recently, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. He received his M.F.A. in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver.  

Dana Petersen, Production Assistant
Dana is thrilled to be a stage management apprentice at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Earlier this season, Dana was a production assistant on In the Heights and Redwood. Dana graduated from The Ohio State University, where she stage managed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMichael Von Siebenberg Melts Through the FloorboardsFour PeopleLeah and the Dybbuk: A Yiddish Ghost StoryExecution of JusticeBeyond All Recognition7 Ways to Say I Love You, and Stupid F**king Bird. Dana was also a stage management intern on The Old Globe’s 2018 production of Much Ado About Nothing. Dana thanks Mom, Dad, Carmen, and Murphy for all of their love and support.

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