WaterTower Theatre: Hit the Wall

"Hit the Wall" actor Joshua Gonzales and director Joanie Schultz

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Moments that should be joyous but are dangerous in 1969, when lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender Americans hid in the shadows, fearful of being seen and abused by straight passersby, of being arrested and shamed by police or others in authority.That's the world of Ike Holter's 'Hit the Wall,' a regional premiere of a hit show that starts with a sizzle and ends with an explosion, at WaterTower Theatre. It's the first show selected and directed by the company's new artistic director Joanie Schultz, and it augurs well for the theater's future as a company that challenges the mind and the heart.

The show follows a diverse group of young people as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wall premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

NOTE: Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.

Pay-What-You-Can performance -- Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m.: Tickets are available one hour prior to the performance. Seating is general admission on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are not available.

Standby tickets are sold one hour prior to any sold out performance. For more information, contact the Box Office at 972.450.6232.

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