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Posted on July 24, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

The weirdest part about this blog is that I’m not getting paid for it? I figured once I had written eight blog posts as an Artistic Intern for WaterTower Theatre in Addison, TX that I would have some sponsors by now. If anyone is reading this and wants to
coming soon - Canterbury Family Main Stage   
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.
2017-2018 Season   
Something to Talk About!

Our 2017-2018 Season reflects and builds off the 20-year tradition of WaterTower Theatre, presenting exciting contemporary plays, musicals, and new looks at classics. Our theatre will be buzzing with excitement over these unique theatrical experiences that will each be so special and different at WTT. 

Moreover, each production has been carefully chosen to speak to each other, creating a dynamic conversation that unfolds throughout the year. 

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Announcing INTERSECTIONS - Our New Community Engagement Program

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz, today announced details for Intersections. In the spirit of WaterTower Theatre’s mission to build community by fostering empathy and dialogue, WaterTower announces its new community engagement programming, aptly titled Intersections, as this programming is constantly exploring where our artistic work intersects with our larger community.

“Intersections has two primary objectives” explains Schultz.  “The first is focused on providing all of our audience members a deeper look into the artistic work on our stages, offering more context while making our work even more relevant in the lives of our audience.  The second is cultivating authentic artistic exchanges across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, with the belief that the themes and human stories we put on our stages will resonate throughout the community.”

Intersections will include but will not be limited to:

  •          Engagement initiatives with community groups throughout DFW
  •          Hosting talkbacks with community members in connection to our Main Stage
             programming
  •          Artistic collaborations with local organizations and individual artists
  •          Artistic initiatives or volunteer opportunities focused around our Main Stage
             programming
  •          Production Play Guides, available both online and in print
  •          Accessible workshops for local artists and community members
  •          Play readings
  •          Community discussions
  •          Interactive Lobby installations
  •          Education for young people and adults

It is WaterTower Theatre’s intention to offer a variety of engagement opportunities for every production on our stage.  Intersections programming for Hit the Wall includes post-show conversations with cast members and selected panels, as well as Local Band Nights.  Local Band Nights will consist of free concerts featuring DFW music artists following select performances at the theater. Entry into the concert is free with the purchase of a ticket to Hit the WallIntersections programming for Hit the Wall includes:

July 30th – STONEWALL ON STAGE – A Conversation with Playwright Ike Holter
August 2nd – KNOWING WHO I AM – A Conversation with LGBTQ Youth
August 4th – Local Band Night featuring Mercury Rocket
August 6th – Conversation with the Artists
August 9th – Conversation with the Artists
August 10th – NO MORE WATCHING – A Conversation about Advocacy and Activism
August 11th – Local Band Night featuring Rat Rios
August 12th matinee – CHANGING ATTITUDES – A Conversation with Parents of LGBTQ Youth
August 13th – QUEER STUDIES – A Conversation with Dr. Susan Harper, queer historian
August 16th – DEFINING MOMENTS – A Conversation about Life During the 1960’s
August 18th – Local Band Night featuring Secrecies
August 19th matinee – Community Conversation
August 20th – Conversation with the Artists

For questions regarding the Intersections programming, and tickets to WaterTower Theatre, please contact the Box Office at 972.450.6232.

About Hit the Wall
By Ike Holter
Directed by Joanie Schultz

The show follows a diverse group young 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.

HIT THE WALL 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 WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning NewsThe Dallas ObserverD 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 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

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, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 


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