Hit The Lights celebrates its ISLA premiere at the New Ohio Theater

Hit The Lights celebrates its ISLA premiere at the New Ohio Theater

Hit the Lights! Theater Co. presents their original shadow puppet musical ISLA as part of New Ohio Theatre’s award-winning summer festival ICE FACTORY. In ISLA, three sisters flee their island and embark on a journey to redefine the meaning of home. Inspired by the family story of company member Samantha Blain, ISLA explores the harsh reality of political refugees, the love of family, Cuban mythology and the spirit of sisterhood. Mixing shadow puppetry, live action, poetry, an original live score and pre-recorded audio interviews by the original sisters, ISLA blends magical realism and documentary theater to explore the experiences of being wrenched from one’s home and the journey to a new one create.

BEAT THE LIGHTS! THEATER CO. is an award-winning company born out of an artistic covenant to tell simple stories in unconventional ways. Hit the Lights! follows the motto “Less Talk, More Rock”. This motto drives the creative process, culminating in works that are hyper-theatrical in nature: performers work on multiple tasks in real-time on stage to simultaneously create the technical, musical, and narrative components of a story. Believing that movement, colour, tone and atmosphere are more evocative and tangible than spoken text, great emphasis is placed on dialogue-free, action-oriented storytelling. Consequently, this allows the work to engage with audiences of different theater experience, physical abilities, cultural backgrounds and ages.

Past highlights include original works DUNGEON (audience pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe and Editors Pick at the Minnesota Fringe), WHALES (nominated for three New York Innovative Theater Awards including Outstanding Innovative Design, Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play, Artist Pick and Venue Award Minnesota Fringe), an original, site-specific, immersive theater experience in collaboration with Know Theater of Cincinnati THE OTHER RHINE, featuring original shadow puppets for the March 2021 Vogue Magazine cover shoot with GIGI HADID, a live cinema doll, adapted from Gimlet Media’s hit podcast The Habitat, a collaboration with New York Botanical Garden’s Spooky Pumpkin Nights; a live music video for Grammy-nominated Sammy Miller and the Congregation; and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination for “Best Family Show” for her theatrical adaptation of the book TASTE THE CLOUDS, commissioned by the New York City Children’s Theater. To HTL’s Off-Broadway Credits! include appearances at Little Island, APAC, Dixon Place, La MaMa ETC, New Victory Theater Lab Works, The Flea Theater, Franklin Stage Company and Ars Nova in NYC, where they were company in residence in 2018 and 2019.

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