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Posted on July 14, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey followers, I embarked on this adventure as an Intern with hopes that I would get by with minimal abrasions and leave WaterTower without being on someone’s s**t list*. After seven weeks, I think I’m doing a pretty okay job because Joanie said, “I’ll miss you!” to me
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Hit the Wall

Regional Premiere
July 28 - August 20, 2017
By Ike Holter
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Media Sponsors include  Dallas Observer  and  Dallas Voice

The show follows a diverse group of young people as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests.  Hit the Wall  premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.  Hit the Wall  transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall  is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.
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Announcing Cast and Creative Team for HIT THE WALL

WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Hit the Wall by multi-award-winning playwright Ike Holter. Hit the Wall will be directed by Joanie Schultz, and marks her WTT directorial inauguration. Hit the Wall will run July 28th – August 20th, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Kelsey Leigh Ervi as Peg, Joshua Gonzales as Tano, Walter Lee as Carson, Gregory Lush as Cop, Camille Monae as Roberta, Stephen Rosenberger as Newbie, Rashaun Sibley as Mika, Garret Storms as Cliff, Jacie Hood Wenzel as Madeline, and Brandon Whitlock as A-Gay.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Hit the Wall will be Gregory Lush, Camille Monae, Stephen Rosenberger, Rashaun Sibley, Jacie Hood Wenzel, and Brandon Whitlock, and Director Joanie Schultz.

Hit the Wall will also feature the local alternative rock band, The Mystiks, which includes musicians Ivan Dillard (Composer, Guitar, Cello), Gerard Bendiks (Drums), and Lina Reyne (Bass).

Hit the Wall follows a diverse group of New Yorkers as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wall premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.

Individual tickets to Hit the Wall are on sale now, and are available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx

The creative team, in addition to Director Joanie Schultz, includes Jocelyn Girigorie (Set Designer), Ryan Matthieu Smith (Costume Designer), Jason Foster (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Bradley Gray (Properties Designer), Shawn Magill (Music Coordinator), Jeff Colangelo (Fight Choreographer), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Gitelman Grant (Stage Manager), and Monika Zimmermann (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performance details:

In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  July 28 – August 20, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, July 30 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm August 12 and 19)|
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232

Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director:

Joanie Schultz started as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre on January 1, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About the Playwright:

Ike Holter’s work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, Barrow Street, Primary Stages, The Lily Tomlin Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, The New Colony, Jackalope Theater, Nothing Without A Company and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member. He's received fellowships and commissions from Goodman Theater, Studio Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theater, Teatro Vista, and Playwrights Center.  Both his plays "Exit Strategy" and "Hit the Wall" premiered in Chicago and moved to Off Broadway productions in New York.  Last year his play "Sender" opened at A Red Orchid, "Prowess" opened at Jackalope, and his show "Stay Lit" played at Oracle Theater and Steppenwolf.  He was named "Chicagoan of the Year in Theater 2014" by Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune, and his monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter was recently named one of Victory Gardens newest ensemble playwrights.

About the Cast:

KELSEY LEIGH ERVI, Peg
Kelsey is honored to be making her WaterTower Theatre main stage debut in a play as timely and powerful as Hit the Wall. Past DFW acting credits include: Bright Half Life (WaterTower Theatre); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Stage West, DFW Theatre Critics Form Award for Best Ensemble); Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Bar); [sic] (Echo Theatre); The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Uptown Players); and The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Dallas). Kelsey is also an accomplished emerging director. Selected directing credits include: Parade in ConcertSilent SkyLord of the Flies, The Spark (2015 "Best of Loop") The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); Precious Little (Echo Theatre); Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere); Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere); and Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company). Kelsey is a co-founder and producer for Little Big Scene Podcast, a local bi-weekly podcast which serves to promote the past, present, and future of the DFW theatre community. A graduate of Baylor University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre.

JOSHUA GONZALES, Tano
Joshua is thrilled to come back home to WaterTower Theatre, where he started his professional career in Spring Awakening. National Tours: Skippyjon JonesTeacher...Black Lagoon (TheatreworksUSA). Regional Premieres: Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Co.). NYC: Men of God, The Woman From Space, Afrodite's Adonis. TV: Guest Star and Co-Star roles on ABC, Lifetime, Travel Channel, CNN. Joshua is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and lives in NYC.

WALTER LEE, Carson
Walter is over the moon to be back at WaterTower Theatre with Hit the Wall! Recent credits include Belize in Uptown Players' production of Angels in America. Other credits include Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Dallas Theater Center); Angel in Rent (Casa Mañana); Victor in Smokey Joe's Café (WaterTower Theatre), just to name a few. Walter has worked at Garland Civic Theater, Richardson Theater Company, Theatre Three, and Onstage Theater. Walter is blessed to be doing what he loves and hopes to continue living his dream.

GREGORY LUSH, Cop
Gregory Lush is thrilled to be making his WaterTower debut with new Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz and this talented team of artists! He has been seen on stages across the metroplex for over a decade. Notable shows include On the Eve, Assassins, A Dog's Life (Theatre Three); Tartuffe, King Lear (Shakespeare Dallas); Penelope, Tomorrow Come Today, The Birthday Party (Undermain); Mothers and Sons, The Temperamentals (Uptown Players); and Tommy (Dallas Theater Center). Film credits include The Colonel, I Become Gilgamesh, Earthrise, and the soon to be released mockumentary Hidden in the Heart of Texas. He teaches Voice and Musical Theatre at Richland College. Gregory is a proud member of Actors Equity and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.  

CAMILLE MONAE, Roberta
Camille Monae is proud to make her WaterTower Theatre debut in such a powerful role and important show. She has performed in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in productions at Theatre Arlington, OhLook!, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, and Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas. 

STEPHEN ROSENBERGER, Newbie
Stephen is a native of Houston, Texas. In Dallas/Fort Worth, he has appeared professionally in Orlando as Archduke, et al. (Stage West); A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Mustardseed and The Winter’s Tale as Captain (Trinity Shakespeare Festival). He has also done voiceover work for FUNimation Productions. Stephen is a member of the EMC Program and is a graduate of TCU.

RASHAUN SIBLEY, Mika
WaterTower Theatre debut! Rashaun has appeared on stage throughout the metroplex in The Rocky Horror Show (Dallas Theater Center); The Little MermaidJesus Christ Superstar, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Side Show, Parade, The Wizard of Oz (Casa Mañana); The Boy From OzBroadway Our Way (Uptown Players); Memphis (Theatre Three); Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Dallas Children’s Theater); I Love You, Because (Our Productions); Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical  (National Tour; Wishing Star Productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); and In the Heights (Artes De la Rosa). Rashaun received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from TCU and is so excited to be a part of this show!

GARRET STORMS, Cliff
Acting credits include productions at Stage West, WaterTower Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Uptown Players, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Three, Amphibian Stage Productions, Shakespeare Dallas, and RADA among others. He has directed The Nether, Deer, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, International Falls, and Orlando for Stage West and Bright Half Life for WaterTower Theatre. Garret has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

JACIE HOOD WENZEL, Madeline
A proud graduate of Texas Tech University, Jacie is excited to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut as Madeline. Favorite DFW credits include Petra in A Little Night Music (Theatre Three); Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); Raffaela in Grand Hotel (Lyric Stage); Kathy in Company (ONSTAGE in Bedford); and Elizabeth in Laundry & Bourbon (Runway Theatre). When Jacie is not performing, you can find her at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as the Manager of Public Programs and Innovation Studios.

BRANDON WHITLOCK, A-Gay
Brandon is making his first appearance at WaterTower Theatre. He has appeared in several productions in the Dallas area, including Medea Myth: Love's Beginning (PrismCo); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Bar); The Tempest (Shakespeare Dallas); and The Farnsworth Invention (Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas). Other favorite credits include Art, Romeo and Juliet, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Glass Menagerie.

About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Brian Gonzales (One Man, Two Guvnors and Disney’s Aladdin), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s Aladdin), Cedric Neal (West End, Motown), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, Fun Home), John Campione (First National Tour, The Bridges of Madison County), Traci Lee (First National Tour, Beautiful), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, The Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Slalom, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 


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