Shedding a bit of light on Hit the Lights! Theater Co:
Hit the Lights! Theater Co. is an award winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories through unconventional ways. Using found materials, flashlights, and cardboard, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. HTL! also focuses on the interplay between darkness and light, utilizing shadow puppetry as the lifeblood of their storytelling. The company is comprised of six experienced multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians,, artisans, and everything in between.
Over the past four years HTL! has appeared at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, where DUNGEON won the Audience Pick of The Fringe, the New York International Fringe Festival, and Portland Maine’s Portfringe, earning another Critic’s Pick for their shadow play, an adaptation of Moby Dick entitled WHALES. Last October HTL! participated in an artistic collaboration with the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, creating a world premiere immersive theater experience, The Other Rhine, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, Sleep No More, and haunted houses. In March 2017 HTL! brought WHALES to their home turf of New York for two weeks of sold out shows at The Hive, where it was nominated for three Innovative Theater Awards (Outstanding Innovative Design, Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play). Most recently, HTL! made their off-broadway debut with their original performance of HORSETALE at the Ars Nova 2017 All New Talent Festival and was an Encore Winner at the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival where they were awarded the Editors Pick of the Fringe award by the Twin City Arts Reader.