As previously reported by Playbill.com, Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter, who also produce the Barrow Street's current production of Tribes, are producing Hit the Wall. The team flew to Chicago last spring to see Hit the Wall and had expressed interest in giving it a future New York life.
Hit the Wall gives another side to the story of the birth of the gay rights movement outside New York City's Stonewall Inn on June 27, 1969. The play, which was shaped and populated by the artist collective The Inconvenience, was a Chicago hit. A live band is featured. Critics embraced the gritty and gutsy take that promises stories from cultural revolutionaries who claimed, "I was there."
Eric Hoff, who staged the Chicago premiere, will also helm the Off-Broadway production that will officially open March 10. The Barrow Street Theatre is located just blocks from the Stonewall Inn. The production has original music and music supervision by Dan Lipton.
Original Chicago cast members Rania Salem Manganaro and Arturo Soria will be 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.
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).
The full Off-Broadway producing team includes Morfee, Doumanian, Wirtshafter, Patrick Daly, Burnt Umber, Roger E. Kass, Starry Night Entertainment, BarLor Productions, Christian Chadd Taylor, Marc and Lisa Biales.
Tickets are now on sale. For tickets visit Smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street.