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, cardboard and various sources of light, 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 five experienced multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians, artisans and everything in between. The work is of a heightened style, hyper-theatrical in nature, with performers multitasking onstage in real time to create the technical, musical and narrative components of a story simultaneously.
Believing that motion, color, sound and atmosphere are more evocative and experiential than spoken text, a heavy emphasis is placed on dialogue-less, action-oriented storytelling. We follow the motto ‘Less Talk, More Rock.’
Original works include DUNGEON (Audience Pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe and Editors Pick at the Minnesota Fringe), WHALES (nominated for three Innovative Theater Awards including Outstanding Innovative Design, Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play) and a world premiere immersive theater experience THE OTHER RHINE (Know Theatre of Cincinnati). HTL!’s Off-Broadway credits include their original performance of HORSETALE at Ars Nova’s 2017 ANT Fest, La MaMa ETC Puppet Slam and most recently DUNGEON at Ars Nova as a One Night Stand. Other collaborations include Gimlet Media (Bigfoot at GimletFest 2018) and Sammy Miller and the Congregation at Bowery Ballroom.