Hit the Lights! Theater Co. Presents HORSETALE at Cincinnati Fringe Festival

CFF21_Hit the Lights logoStreaming online June 4th – June 19th, 2021
For tickets visit cincyfringe.com/horsetale/

Hit the Lights! Theater Co. (HTL!) is pleased to stream its original shadow musical as part of the 2021 Digital Cincy Fringe Festival. In HORSETALE, two musicians share their story of love and heartbreak through the adventure of a horse and its tail that become separated and in their search for each other, find themselves. HTL! weaves together handmade shadow puppetry, six vintage overhead projectors, original folk/rock music, Looney Tunes homages, and American iconography to tell a story as wild and expansive as the West itself.

HIT THE LIGHTS! THEATER CO. is an award-winning company created out of an artistic agreement 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 work that is hyper-theatrical in nature: 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. Consequently, this allows the work to connect with audience members of varying theatrical experience, physical ability, cultural background, and age.

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 the Know Theatre of Cincinnati THE OTHER RHINE, developing original shadow puppets for Vogue Magazine’s March 2021 cover shoot featuring Gigi Hadid, a live cinematic puppet adaptation of Gimlet Media’s hit podcast The Habitat, a collaboration with New York Botanical Garden’s Spooky Pumpkin Nights; a live music video for Grammy Award-nominated Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and being nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Family Show” for their theatrical adaptation of the book TASTE THE CLOUDS commissioned by New York City Children’s Theater. HTL!’s Off-Broadway credits include performances at 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.

More info: hitthelights.org

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