Rocky Stonewall show coming to neighborhood that conceived it
Full disclosure: A close family member is a producer on this show. However, as a proud activist, theater lover, and wall-hitter, I would still write about it even if that were not the case.
Ike Holter's rock-propelled gay rights drama Hit the Wall, which premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Garage Theatre last winter, will debut Off-Broadway Feb. 19 at the Barrow Street Theatre.
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."
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And unlike the original Village screening of the Stonewall tale, this time the audience will be filled with same-sex couples who have matching wedding bands, proudly uniformed soldiers who love America and their same-gender dates, and a whole house full of people who voted in a President who is out for equality and who regularly tune in to primetime TV shows with "new normal"-bearing plot lines. Our population can look back from the same general locale where we once pushed forward, thankful for the gains we've achieved while mindful of the walls we still hit.
Yes, I do, in fact, have a strong personal connection to this show. Oh, and I also have a family member helping produce it.
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