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Feb 8, 2019
National Theater
Washington, DC
Feb 22, 2019
Athenaeum Theater
Chicago, IL
March 2, 2019
Shubert Theater
Boston, MA
May 22nd
La Teatreria
Mexico City, Mexico
June 8, 2019
Adrienne Arsht Center
Miami, FL
June 27 – 29th
Town Hall
New York, NY
July 27th
Bard Summerscape
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
September 28th
Town Hall – Live from Here
New York, NY
November 2, 2019
Hill Auditorium, 
University Musical Society
Ann Arbor, MI
February 7, 2020
Texas Performing Arts @ Bass Hall
Austin, TX
February 26, 2020
Rev Hall
Portland, OR
February 27, 2020
The Moore Theater
Seattle, WA
February 29, 2020
Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC
Berkeley, California
April 3, 2020
Kingsbury Hall, Univ. of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
April 11, 2020
Ace Hotel, CAP-UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

June 25 – 26th
Town Hall
New York, NY



MAY 1ST, 2020

A Note from John and the Origin of Love Tour Team…

Our hearts go out to all of you in your perseverance through these dark days of the pandemic.

While staying put here at home preparing for a time when we can all be together again, we are reminded of the many times our lives have been transformed by cycles of hardship and loss, and the light in all of us that brings the end of those journeys ever closer by keeping each other and our communities at large safe.

Know we will be back on the road soon, with plans taking shape across the US, Europe and Asia – standing engagements are being rescheduled and many more scheduled anew – all subject to the new parameters that will shape public gatherings and live performance.  There may be fewer of us in these rooms in the end, but there won’t be any less to celebrate.

We can’t wait to see you again!

JCM / Origin of Love Tour Team

MAY 25TH, 2020


Dear Friends,

As you can tell by now, the June dates at Town Hall are now impossible for us to pursue. We thank you for your patience as we iron out next steps.

News on their rescheduling as well as benefit performances online coming VERY soon!

Revisions to past shows are posted below – many new dates coming soon. Please check links for on sale dates! Limited capacity will sell these shows out quick!

Please note all new dates will abide by the new, unfolding rules on public gatherings, social distancing and the best methods for making it as safe as possible to be together.

We thank you for your understanding and can’t wait to see you again!

The Origin of Love Tour Team



Featuring the Songs of Hedwig by Stephen Trask
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann 



Written by John Cameron Mitchell + Stephen Trask

Additional Vocals by Amber Martin
Musical Direction by Justin Craig & Tim Mislock
Drums by Peter Yanowitz
Bass by Matt Duncan 
Makeup & Wigs by Mike Potter
Costumes by Erik Bergrin
Lighting by Justin Partier
Sound by Dylan Goodie



John directed, starred in and wrote, with Stephen Trask, the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he won Best Director at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. His recent Broadway production of Hedwig garnered him Tony Awards for his performance and for Best Revival. He won an Obie Award for Hedwig Off-Broadway as well for as starring in Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me. He directed Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth Off-Broadway with Cynthia Nixon and Peter Sarsgaard. He directed the films Shortbus (2006), Rabbit Hole (2010) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) both starring Nicole Kidman who was nominated for Best Actress Oscar for the former. Recent TV roles include Hulu’s Shrill,  HBO’s Girls and Vinyl, CBS’s The Good Fight, and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. He stars in, wrote (with Bryan Weller) and directed the musical podcast series Anthem: Homunculus featuring Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson and Marion Cotillard, which is playing on Luminary podcast platform.


Stephen first achieved wide acclaim as the co-creator/composer/lyricist of the award-winning stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was also developed into a feature film released by Fine Line Features and for which he won an Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a 1998 New York Magazine Award, Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Lyrics and New  Musical, a Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album, two GLAMA Awards, and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Soundtrack Award for 2001. The Broadway production of the show won four Tony Awards in 2014, and the soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy. Since 2003 Trask has been scoring films at both the independent and studio levels for directors as diverse as Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Miramax Films), Paul Weitz (In Good Company, American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Little Fockers, Universal Pictures), Todd Graff (Camp, IFC Productions/Jersey Films/Killer Films), Tamara Jenkins, (The Savages, Fox Searchlight), Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women, Warner Brothers), Robert Benton (Feast of Love, MGM/Lakeshore), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fine Line), Sean Anders (Sex Drive, Summit Entertainment), Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Dreamworks/Paramount), Alan Poul, (The Back-up Plan, CBS Films), Tom Vaughn (So Undercover, Exclusive Media), Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Lovelace). In addition to Hedwig, Trask’s work for the Broadway stage includes orchestrations for the recent production of Rocky, the musical based on the classic film. His latest show, This Ain’t No Disco, premiered at The Atlantic Theater last year. He is also at work on a new musical in collaboration with book writer Chris D’Arienzo (Rock of Ages) to bring the Martin Scorsese/New Regency film The King of Comedy to the stage. Known for his time fronting ‘90s NYC punk band Cheater, Trask has also recorded and performed with artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney and Yoko Ono.


Amber is a celebrated NYC Vocalist, Cabaret Star and Comedic Monologist. Named one of the Top Performers of the Year by The New Yorker, Martin brings a combination of cabaret, belting vocals & no-holds-barred comedy to her live, raucous, genre-hopping musical performances. She previously made her Broadway debut in Tales of the City at The Music Box Theater. Some of her performances include appearing with Joan Rivers on Celebrity Apprentice and opening for Joan’s live NYC shows. You can hear her belting out featured vocals on The Scissor Sisters single “Inevitable” (co-produced with Pharrell). She was a featured vocalist with comedian, Sandra Bernhard at Town Hall in New York City and has twice been a featured guest on Sandra’s Sirius XM radio show, Sandyland. Amber has performed her own solo shows in New York City & New Orleans, as well as The TBA Festival, Treefort Festival, Outsider Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival in Altomonte, Italy, and has recurring NYC residencies at Alan Cumming’s Club Cumming, Joe’s Pub and The Cutting Room. Amber continues to evolve as writer, curator, choreographer and star of her own performances, The Days of My Lives & Three Women: Joplin, Midler & Nyro (Solo Artist Residency at Joe’s Pub, NYC), Hi! (Best Solo Performance Drammy Award), Wigshop, Stoned Soul: In Love with Laura Nyro (Residency at Feinstein’s/54 Below) and Janis: Undead (a continuing U.S./Int’l tour). She is also touring her original album, A.M. Gold, including 2 songs featured in John Cameron Mitchell’s recent film, How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

“With raw spontaneity, he truthfully embodies all of Hedwig’s anger, self-pity, bravery and wit.”

AM New York

“He breaks down that comic exterior… letting the heartbreak of Hedwig’s story flow out like blood from a picked-away scab.” 

 – Theatermania

“Mitchell’s extraordinary performance…brings a darker edge to the role he created 20 years ago.”

– The Guardian

“A love letter to HEDWIG fans everywhere…leaving the theater with a crowd of people
filled with such love and joy in their hearts
was an experience I won’t soon forget and would happily repeat anytime.”

DC Theater Scene

“Origin of Love is an extraordinary show by an electrifying talent!”

– Canberra Times

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