Hit the Wall
“Hit the Wall” by Ike Holter, directed by Eric Hoff and originally produced by The Inconvenience, will be remounted with its original cast and artistic team, with previews starting April 21 at Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. “Hit the Wall,” hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “gutsy, beautiful and riveting,” takes audiences back to the summer of 1969 and the Stonewall Riots in New York’s Greenwich Village, largely acknowledged as the single most important event in the beginning of the gay liberation movement. Tickets go on sale February 27. For tickets and information, visit greenhousetheatre.org or call 773.404.7336.
“Hit the Wall” transports audiences back to the summer of 1969 in New York’s Greenwich Village. The death of music icon Judy Garland has emboldened her gay followers. A routine police raid on an underground village hotspot erupts into a full-scale riot, the impetus of the modern gay rights movement. That is the well-known, often-retold myth of The Stonewall Riots. Playwright Holter smashes that myth against his vivid theatrical re-imagination, and adds a howling live rock ‘n’ roll band, for an presentation that is both historic and contemporary. The remix of this historic confrontation reveals ten unlikely revolutionaries, caught in the turmoil and each fighting to claim “I was there.”
Hear an interview with Director Eric Hoff with Out Chicago Podcast!