Hit the Wall

Apr 17 – 19, 2015
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater | 1949 Campus Drive

By Ike Holter
Directed by Gina Hayes

It's June 27, 1969,  in New York's Greenwich Village and the death of music icon Judy Garland has emboldened her gay followers. In a dangerous cocktail of grief, drugs, booze, and heat at the underground gay nightspot The Stonewall Inn, a routine police raid erupts into a full-scale three-day riot and becomes the impetus of the modern gay rights movement. That’s the well-known myth of Stonewall, anyhow. Smash that myth against the vivid theatrical imagination of playwright Ike Holter, add a howling live rock ‘n roll band, and you get a theatrical remixing of this historic confrontation that reveals ten unlikely revolutionaries caught in the turmoil and fighting to claim “I was there.”

Gina Marie Hayes (Director) has worked previously as a director, choreographer, and playwright. The founding artistic director of Red Egg Theater in Santa Cruz, CA, she also served for five years as Assistant to the Artistic Director and Intern Coordinator at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and directed Machiavelli's The Mandrake there in 2012. Her work has been seen at San Jose Repertory Theater's Emerging Artist Lab (A COUNTRY DOCTOR, adapted from Kafka), City Lights Theatre Company (ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY), and UC Santa Cruz (PROMETHEUS and I DREAM OF CHANG AND ENG), among others. She is currently a second year MFA Director at Northwestern University.

Ike Holter (Playwright) was named “Best Emerging Playwright” in Chicago Magazine in 2014. His scripts has been workshopped with The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, and The Playwrights Center.  His work has been produced with The Steppenwolf Garage, LiveWire Chicago, City Lit Theater, Nothing Without a Company (where he is the associate artistic director), Collaboraction’s Sketchbook, EP Theater, Route 66, Theater on the Lake and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member and resident writer.  His show HIT THE WALL played Off-Broadway at The Barrow Street Theater in New York.  Dexter Bullard will direct his new play KITCHEN SINK this spring at the Merle Reskin Theater, and he is on commission with The Goodman as part of their Playwrights Unit.

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