Stonewall Drama Hit the Wall Will Now Close Off-Broadway One Week Earlier Than Announced

By Adam Hetrick
17 Apr 2013

Rania Salem Manganaro and Matthew Greer
Rania Salem Manganaro and Matthew Greer
Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Off-Broadway production of Ike Holter's Hit the Wall, which was recently announced to close April 28, will now shutter one week earlier at the Barrow Street Theatre. The kaleidoscopic piece imagines the events of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the dawn of the modern gay rights movement. The final performance will be April 21.

The play premiered in Chicago last season to acclaim, however, New York critics offered a cool response to Holter's piece which presents a series of archetypal characters living in and around the West Village who claim, "I was there" as the events of June 28, 1969, unfold.

Hit the Wall was originally scheduled to run through early July at the Barrow Street theatre, coinciding with New York City's Gay Pride Week in late June. The Barrow Street Theatre is located just blocks away from the Stonewall Inn – where the play is set – seen by many as the heart of New York's Gay Pride celebration.

Eric Hoff, who staged the Chicago premiere, directs the environmental Off-Broadway production that began previews Feb. 19 and opened March 10. The production has original music and music supervision by Dan Lipton.



Hit the Wall will give its final performance at 7:30 PM on April 21. 

Original Chicago cast members Rania Salem Manganaro and Arturo Soria are joined by Nick Bailey, Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project), Ben Diskant, Nathan Lee Graham (Wig Out, Priscilla), Matthew Greer (Seminar), Gregory Haney (Bring It On, Wicked), Sean Allan Krill (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever), Ray Rizzo, Carolyn Michelle Smith (WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!) and Indigo Street.

Here's how it's billed: "It's the early hours of June 28, 1969 when a routine police raid on The Stonewall Inn, a popular underground gay bar in Greenwich Village, sparks a full-scale riot. Violent protests and street demonstrations continued for the next several days in what became known as The Stonewall Riots, thrusting a group of unlikely revolutionaries onto the frontlines of history and igniting one of the most influential social and political movements of the 20th Century. Hit the Wall focuses on that wild and enigmatic first night of the riots, placing the audience just on the periphery of the conflict. With an imaginative and theatrical blend of history and mythology, Hit the Wall shines a contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall."

The design team includes Lauren Helpern (set design), David Hyman (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Daniel Kluger and Brandon Wolcott (sound design) and J. David Brimmer (fight director).

Hit the Wall is produced by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Patrick Daly, Burnt Umber, Roger E. Kass, BarLor Productions, Starry Night Entertainment, Christian Chadd Taylor, SKandal Theatrical, and Marc & Lisa Biales.

For tickets visit Smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street.