Hit the Wall by Ike Holter. Directed by Bo Frazier. Photo of Stonewall Inn.

Hit the Wall

Jan 31, 2020 to Feb 08, 2020
Ike Holter
Directed by: 
Bo Frazier
E.C. Mabie Theatre
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:00pm
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 2:00pm
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 8:00pm
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:00pm


On a typical hot and humid New York City night in the summer of ‘69, a diverse group of queer outcasts gathers at The Stonewall Inn. However, on this night, when the police show up for a routine raid, all are thrust into the frontlines of history. A riot ensues that would launch the LGBTQ+ movement in America. With an original rock n’ roll score, emotional poetic language, and gritty choreography, Hit the Wall pays homage to these revolutionaries who came together 50 years ago to fight for their freedom.

This production contains sexual content, sexual violence, violence, and adult language. Please note that this production includes language that is charged in connection to race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. Theatrical haze, fog, and strobe lighting effects will be used.

Stonewall 50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, January 31, 2020
Immediately following the opening night performance of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall
UI Theatre Building

Please join the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, Department of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, and Theatre Arts Student Representatives as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement with drag performances, light refreshments, music, and dancing into the night. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld will be the featured speaker.

This event is made possible by additional support from Martha Huelsbeck and Chris Bavoleck in support of Special Initiatives in the Division of Performing Arts. Support is also provided by the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership Grant Funding Program.

Join us for Saturday at the Stanley!

Saturday at the Stanley: Hit the Wall
Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Stanley Visual Classroom, third floor Iowa Memorial Union
Join Curator of Learning & Engagement Kim Datchuk from the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art as she examines artists who explore queer identity and the spirit of New York in the 1960s.
Saturday at the Stanley is free and open to the public.


Cast of Hit the Wall
Role Name
Carson Akeem Celestine
Peg Hannah Frame*
Roberta Britny Horton
Tano Brandon Treviño*
Mika Steven Willis
Madeline Keri Eastridge
Cliff Brad Pickhinke*
Newbie Peter Noll*
A-Gay Kyler Johnson*
Cop Kallen Glawe*
Ensemble Kyle Braeseke*, Nicholas Currant*, Akia Nyrie Smith, Brett Stone*, Paris Winters, Shelby Zukin*

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Hit the Wall
Title Name
Director/Choreographer Bo Frazier
Dramaturg Luke Daniel White
Composer/Music Director Mark Bruckner
Scenic Designer Alex Casillas
Lighting Designer Courtney Gaston
Costume Designer Chelsea June
Media Designer Nick Coso
Stage Manager Spencer Clouse**
Fight Director Paul Kalina
Intimacy Director Tonia Sina
Associate Sound Designer/Audio Engineer A-1 Colten Langfitt*
Associate Intimacy Director Erica Vannon
Assistant Director Akia Nyrie Smith
Assistant Choreographer Shelby Zukin*
Assistant Dramaturg Kathryn Raver*
Assistant Dramaturg Hannah Schillinger*
Assistant Scenic Designer Tobin Griffin
Assistant Lighting Designer Dante Benjegerdes*
Assistant Costume Designer Aella Rose-Hill*
Assistant Media Designer Ryan McElroy*
Assistant Stage Manager Adam Koob*
Assistant Stage Manager Brillian Qi-Bell
Assistant Fight Director Dante Benjegerdes*
Fight Captain Keri Eastridge


Musicians for Hit the Wall
Instrument Name
Drums Matthew Anderson*
Guitar Brett King*
Guitar Dakota Parobek
Bass Emily Rod
Keyboards Mark Bruckner

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.
**Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Tickets for Hit the Wall are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319.335.1160 or 1.800.HANCHER or online at hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319.335.1158.

Photo by Diana Davies, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.