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


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 contained sexual content, sexual violence, violence, and adult language. Please note that this production included language that is charged in connection to race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. Theatrical haze, fog, and strobe lighting effects were used.

Stonewall 50 and Beyond

Production dramaturg, Luke Daniel White, and assistant dramaturgs, Kathryn Raver and Hannah Schillinger, have developed the resource Stonewall 50 and Beyond. Visit this newly developed website for information on the Stonewall Riots, who was there, a timeline of LGBTQ+ history, and many other resources.

Stonewall 50th Anniversary Celebration

Immediately following the opening night performance of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, Department of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, and Theatre Arts Student Representatives commemorated 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 was the featured speaker.

This event was 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.

Saturday at the Stanley: Hit the Wall

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


Link to a Daily Iowan article about HIT THE WALL.


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.

Production Photos

Dress rehearsal for HIT THE WALL

Dress rehearsal for HIT THE WALL

Dress rehearsal for HIT THE WALL

Dress rehearsal for HIT THE WALL