Three sisters escape their war torn island to save their mother and rediscover the meaning of home. Inspired by documentary theater, Hayao Miyazaki, and the original poetry and songs of Maria De Lourdes Blain (a Cuban political refugee who escaped Cuba with her sisters in the ’69 freedom flights to the United States), Hit the Lights! presents a magic world not so different from our own.



A young man falls into the unknown to rescue the thing he holds most dear. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, DUNGEON builds a world where darkness speaks louder than the light.


Encore Winner - Minnesota Fringe 2017

Editor's Pick of Minnesota Fringe 2017 - Twin Cities Arts Reader

Audience Pick of the Fringe- Cincinnati Fringe 2015

Encore Winner - Cincinnati Fringe 2015


Ars Nova - ONE NIGHT STAND February 5, 2018

Ars Nova - ONE NIGHT STAND November 11, 2017

Jungle Theater - Minnesota Fringe 2017

64E4 Mainstage - NYC Fringe 2015

Cincinnati Actor's Studio - Cincinnati Fringe 2015

Portland Stage Company Studio - Portland Fringe 2014


This show is appropriate for ages 12 and up


Inspired by tall tales, Looney Tunes, and the soundscape of the American frontier, Hit the Lights! Theater Co. presents an original shadow play that's as wild and beautiful as the West itself. 

Originally built for and premiered at Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2017

most Recently performed as a special introduction to the p0rtland, maine fringe festival 2018



Inspired by punk rock, interactive game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville’s seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, Hit the Lights! Theater Co. invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men that hunt him. Using vintage over head projectors, shadow puppetry rock and roll sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea.


Venue Pick - The top selling production at each traditional venue

Artist Pick - One of three shows chosen by their fellow artists at the festival

Nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards

 *Outstanding Original Design (puppets)*

*Outstanding Original Music*

 *Outstanding Premiere of a Play* 



The Ritz - Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Fringe 2018

The PIT NYC - NY,NY 4.24 - 5.18 2018 

The Hive - Brooklyn, NY 3.23 - 4.2 2017

The Empire - Portland, MN - Port Fringe 2016




In 2016 The Know theater of Cincinnati commissioned HTL! to create an H.p. Lovecraft inspired immersive theatrical event for their season            

Part walking tour, part haunted house, and part theatre, The Other Rhine took sold-out audiences through The Mockbee and Reliance Metal buildings in Cincinnati’s Brewery District, in an immersive story that blended truth and fiction, revealing the horror that lurks beneath the streets of Cincinnati.

It began with a simple invitation…

"Join us for the Bring Bellevue Brewery and Beerhall Back tour! Our Executive Director Scott Kaufman will lead you on a journey back into Cincinnati history to learn about brewing and the intriguing story of those who made beer at the old brewery.
With your help, we can bring the Bellevue Brewery back to its former glory!"

However, the adventure turned out to be anything but simple and culminated in a warehouse shaking blast of cosmic terror.

Rated: PG-13



Samantha Blain
Kristopher Dean
Claron Hayden
Casey Leach
Carli Rhoades
Mikayla Stanley


Sarah Durham
Ryan Garret
Spencer Lackey
Marissa Mishi
Julia Netzer
Josh Reiter
Michaela Tropeano

Creative Team:

created by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
scenic & lighting design by Hit the Lights! & Andrew J. Hungerford
costume design by Noelle Wedig
sound design by Claron Hayden & Doug Borntrager
props design & scenic art by Sarah Beth Hall