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Hit The Wall

Hit the Wall

By Ike Holter
Directed by Bo Frazier

January 31, February 1, 6, 7, 8 at  8:00 p.m.

February 2 at  2:00 p.m.

E. C. Mabie Theatre
UI Theatre Building, 200 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA, 52242

On a typical hot and humid New York City night in the summer of '69, a diverse group of queer outcasts gathers at the Stonewall Inn. However, on this night, when the police show show up for a routine raid, all are thrust into the frontlines of history. A riot ensues that would launch the LGBTQ+ movement in America. With an original rock 'n roll score, emotional poetic language, and gritty choreography, Hit the Wall pays homage to these revolutionaries who came together 50 years ago to fight for their freedom.

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This production contains sexual content, sexual violence, violence, and adult language. Please note that this production includes language that is charged in connection to race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression.The production will also make use of theatrical haze, fog, and strobe lighting effects.


Stonewall 50th Anniversary Celebration - (Immediately following the Friday, Jan. 31st performance of Hit the Wall.)
Please join the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, Department of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, and Theatre Arts Student Representatives as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the riots that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement with drag performances, light refreshments, and dancing into the night. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld will be the featured speaker.

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Running Time

About 90 minutes without an intermission


For this University Theatre event, each University of Iowa or other college student must present their student ID to attend the performance with a student ticket.



Parking in Lot 55 is free for patrons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Parking meters surround the perimeter of the lot for week-day use. Please note that Lot 55 is also a staging area for free shuttle buses to Hawkeye Football and Basketball games. On Saturdays when Mainstage performances are held at the same time as a Hawkeye Football Game, the metered lot on the West side of the Theatre Building will be reserved for Theatre Patrons.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. All theatres are accessible, and are equipped with hearing augmentation systems. For details, call Accessibility Services at (319-335-1158). The main entrance is accessible to persons with disabilities, and is located on the east (river) side of the building. It is reached via a ramp located at the southwest corner of the building.

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