Hit the Wall
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.
|Ensemble||Kyle Braeseke*, Nicholas Currant*, Akia Nyrie Smith, Brett Stone*, Paris Winters, Shelby Zukin*|
|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|
*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.