Practical Questions of Wholeness

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Hedwig and the Angry Inch are powerful, penetrating portraits of performers as they grapple with their identity through music. The title of the repertory pairing – Practical Questions of Wholeness, a line from Hedwig  – speaks to the search both artists undertake to trace the fault lines, and find the missing pieces, to their fractured senses of self.

Hedwig stars Nicholas Japaul Bernard and Dani Hobbs, and Lady Day stars Felicia Loud. 

Presented in rotating repertory

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill – directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton – will be performed Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Hedwig and the Angry Inch – directed by Mathew Wright – will be performed Fridays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. In this rotating repertory arrangement, performances happen on alternating days on the same set, giving audiences the opportunity to see first-hand how performance and storytelling completely transform a space.


Note: both productions feature the use of water-based haze, and Hedwig features strobe effects.


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Felicia Loud

June 18th, 2018

Felicia Loud is a Seattle performer, starring in ArtsWest’s production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Lady Day plays in rotating repertory with Hedwig and the Angry Inch through July 8. More information and tickets here. You played Billie Holiday in Lady Day

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