Photo Flash: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Star and 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Jinkx Monsoon Donates to Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Local performer Jerick Hoffer, winner of the hit reality TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race" as drag alter ego Jinkx Monsoon and co-star of the critically acclaimed off-Broadway sleeper hit The Vaudevillians, return to Seattle through December 22 for an encore performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the historic Moore Theatre, a co-production of Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group. Following the December 18th performance, Hoffer partnered with FrEd Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to host an exclusive VIP after party, Cabaret for a Cause: A Jinkx Monsoon partnership with Fred Hutch to end HIV. All proceeds raised from this exclusive event benefit HIV/AIDS research at the Hutch. Check out a photo from the check presentation below!

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Hoffer (also known as Jinkx Monsoon) is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. As early as 2006, he appeared as the lead dancer in the world's largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, he had advanced to roles in Seattle theatres, playing Moritz in Spring Awakening (Balagan Theatre) and Angel in RENT (5th Avenue Theatre). Just after performing in the original run of Hedwig, Hoffer's winning run on RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on LOGOtv.

As "America's next drag superstar," Hoffer has performed as Jinkx Monsoon for adoring fans across the country and around the world; co-starred with Richard Andriessen (aka Major Scales) in a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run of the original cabaret comedy, The Vaudevillians; and co-starred with Peaches Christ in the much-buzzed-about "Return to Grey Gardens." In the next six months, he will release his first full-length live studio album, be featured in a full-length documentary of the web series "Drag Becomes Him," and perform in the international premiere of The Vaudevillians in Australia.

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