Photo Flash: First Look at Ike Holter's HIT THE WALL at WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Hit the Wall by multi-award-winning playwright Ike Holter. Hit the Wall will be directed by Joanie Schultz, and marks her WTT directorial inauguration. Hit the Wall runs now through August 20th, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
The cast features Kelsey Leigh Ervi as Peg, Joshua Gonzales as Tano, Walter Lee as Carson, Gregory Lush as Cop, Camille Monae as Roberta, Stephen Rosenberger as Newbie, Rashaun Sibley as Mika, Garret Storms as Cliff, Jacie Hood Wenzel as Madeline, and Brandon Whitlock as A-Gay. Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Hit the Wall will be Gregory Lush, Camille Monae, Stephen Rosenberger, Rashaun Sibley, Jacie Hood Wenzel, and Brandon Whitlock, and Director Joanie Schultz.
Hit the Wall will also feature the local alternative rock band, The Mystiks, which includes musicians Ivan Dillard (Composer, Guitar, Cello), Gerard Bendiks (Drums), and Lina Reyna (Bass).
Hit the Wall follows a diverse group of New Yorkers 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."
The creative team, in addition to Director Joanie Schultz, includes Jocelyn Girigorie (Set Designer), Ryan Matthieu Smith (Costume Designer), Jason Foster (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Bradley Gray (Properties Designer), Shawn Magill (Music Coordinator), Jeff Colangelo (Fight Choreographer), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Gitelman Grant (Stage Manager), and Monika Zimmermann (Assistant Stage Manager).
Individual tickets to Hit the Wall are on sale now, and are available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx. Note: Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.
Photo Credit: Jason Anderson
Joshua Gonzales and Rashaun Sibley
The cast of HIT THE WALL at WaterTower Theatre
Walter Lee and Garret Storms
Walter Lee and Gregory Lush