Commercial run follows 'Tribes' into Barrow Street
The trio of producers who have made unusually viable commercial propositions out of Off Broadway shows — including “Our Town” and “Tribes” — have tapped their next title, “Hit the Wall,” a legit take on the Stonewall riots.
Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian (the film producer at work on the bigscreen version of “August: Osage County”) and Tom Wirtshafter have set the show for a March opening at the Barrow Street Theater, the downtown venue where “Tribes” shutters Jan. 20 and “Our Town” had an 18-month run. Triumvirate have shown an ongoing commitment to Off Broadway despite the fact that the economics of commercial producing away from the Rialto have become increasingly thorny given rising costs and the limited ticket inventories of smaller venues.
Nathan Lee Graham (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”) is among the thesps cast in the show, written by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff. With original music by Dan Lipton, the show follows the 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village gay bar, as well as the riots it provoked and its contempo legacy.
“Hit the Wall” first bowed a year ago in Chicago, where the play was developed and produced by Windy City troupe the Inconvenience as part of Steppenwolf Theater’s Garage Rep. Among the cast of a dozen, thesps Rania Salem Manganaro and Arturo Soria reprise roles they initially played in Chi.
Led by Morfee, Doumanian and Wirtshafter, the commercial team behind the Off Broadway incarnation of “Hit the Wall” includes Patrick Daly, Burnt Umber, Roger E. Kass, Starry Night Entertainment, BarLor Prods., Christian Chadd Taylor and Marc and Lisa Biales.