An Original Musical By MIT Students


HPT Revival and Original Cast

Hi everybody,

A lot of the original HPT cast and crew came to see the revival production this IAP!   I asked cast and crew members who shared the same role to get together for a picture. Please enjoy the results!


Tess:  Allison Schneider and Ellena Popova

Corot1    Corot2

Corot: Daniel Gonzalez and Kim Dauber at opening-night Uno’s dinner.


Electra: Kristina Kim and Pauline Varley


Tensor:  Hiccup and Steven Keyes engaged in a game of cat’s cradle.


Faraday:  Alejandro Vientos and Lian Guertin ready for a nap.


Piston: Caroline Aronoff and Allan Sadun


Cops: The Pachino’s: Sami Luis (in spirit, via phone) and Jessica Noss; The Kalf’s:  Taylor Sims and Emily Rosser;  The Claw’s: Noah McDaniel and Rob Morrison; The Sprinkle’s: Jacob Miske and Luis Orrego


Hacksemble: (back from 2017 cast)  Marian Heman-Ackah, Sarah Goodman, Zixi Liu, Max Beeman, Natasha Stark, Sammy Luo, Luke Sciarappa, Alex Martirosiam; (front from the 2012 cast): Jessica Noss and Sally Guthrie


Directors: dRachel Bowens-Rubin, Krista Sergi, Kirsten Olson, and Carrie Fowle

Music Directors

Music/Orchestra Directors: Julie Henion and Kyle Saleeby on the dome.

Ropes Technicians

Rope Technicians: Itaru Hiromi and dRache Bowens-Rubin harnessed in.

Review and Production Photos

We got a great review in the Tech!  Check it out here:

We also have some fabulous production photos taken by Lenny Martinez.  Album is here:

There are only two more performances!  Reserve tickets online.


Tonight’s Show Cancelled

Hello everyone,

As some of you may be aware, MIT is closed today due to the snow.  Unfortunately, this means that our Thursday evening performance is cancelled.  There are still seats on Friday and Saturday that you can reserve.

We are exploring the possibility of adding a matinee on Saturday.  If we decide to do that, we’ll let you know!


E25 Hack

The 2017 showing of Hack, Punt, Tool opened last Friday!

Over the weekend, hackers honored the opening of the show by turning the windows of E25 into a stoplight, reading the letters “HPT.”  The hack was a tribute to the 2007 traffic light hack which inspired the name of the show.


Photo Credit to Tristan Honscheid


HPT – Behind the Scenes Video

Hey all,

Less than a week until Hack, Punt, Tool opens!  Want to know more about the show?  Take a look at the video below!

Reserve Tickets Here



Ticket Reservations are Open!

Hey everyone! I’m excited to let everyone know that ticket reservations are open, and we open this Friday night!

Show times are:
Friday, February 3rd, 8PM
Saturday, February 4th, 8PM
Sunday, February 5th, 2PM*
Thursday, February 9th, 8PM
Friday, February 10th, 8PM
Saturday, February 11th, 8PM

Reserve a ticket here!

*The matinee on February 5th will be followed by a talkback with the writers and revival creative team.

And now, a fun treat from rehearsal last week:


Revival Version – Script and Score

Hey Hack, Punt, Tool fans!

The writing team has spent some time this fall making a few updates to the script and score of the show, and we now have a Revival version!  The new version corrects some typos, updates a few lyrics here and there, and clarifies the Kepler character arc during Act II.  We are pleased that we were able to significantly improve the flow of the show with pretty minimal changes.

Without further ado, here are the script and the score!

In other news, there is a cast now!  If you’ve seen any MTG shows lately, there are some familiar faces, and new ones too!  I will be posting another blog post within a week announcing the cast!  Stay tuned,


Audition Times & Writer’s Note

Hi everybody!

Audition times for the upcoming production of Hack, Punt, Tool have been announced! They are the following dates (email with any questions or to request alternative times):

Wednesday 12/7, 8-10 PM in 50-201

Thursday 12/8, 8-10 PM in W20-407

– Callbacks will be on Saturday, 12/10 3-7 PM in 50-201

We also are excited to share the “note from the writers” that we’ve added to the new version of the HPT script. We are excited to see a fresh production!


HPT is back this IAP!

MTG will be performing Hack Punt Tool again this coming IAP!  They are currently recruiting a producer and directorial staff (director, music director, vocal director, TD, set designer, choreographer) Please email if you are interested. Deadline to apply is Friday, Nov 25th.

We’ve cleaned up the script in a couple of places, and we are excited to see what a new group of students does with the show.  I’m proud to say that with minimal changes, we’ve fixed the things that always bothered me in Wank-Wank-Wank and the Kepler-Corot arc!

The show dates will be Feb 3-4 and 9-11 @ 8pm and a Sunday matinee on Feb 5th @ 2pm at the MIT student center. There will also likely be a talkback after the matinee. Mark your calendars, and keep checking in as we get closer to the show.

More bituminous coal is a comin’!


HPT YouTube Release

Hack Punt Tool is now on Youtube, complete with captions! Share with your friends, family, and frosh:

To celebrate the release, we had a played-from-youtube screening on September 11, 2013, (exactly 1 year and 7 months after HPT’s last stage performance). Over 50 people came to 6-120 for the premier!  The audience included the writers, cast members, old friends, and new frosh. Some awesome people even dressed up for the occasion:


Trevor (Billy) in his regular MIT student wear, Aschneid (Tess) in hacking mode, Rosser (Kalf) posing as Story Jack, and little squishible Novembat (made by Rosser).

DVDs of the performance had been made and distributed to the cast and crew, but after a viewing to Tauntaun’s grad school friends in Lisbon, we quickly realized the benefits of adding captions. It took us about 6 months to pull together the captions and get the videos to youtube, but we think the effort was well worth the result.  Hope you enjoy!

From Tauntaun:

Having been away from MIT for almost a year now, it made me immeasurably happy to see so many old friends together in the same room again. And it was amazing to look around the lecture hall when song came on and to hear not only familiar voices but also brand new voices singing along with vigorous energy. Sure, the lyrics are scrolling along the bottom of the screen, but how did everyone know the show so well?

Listening in on conversations going on around the room, it was clear that many people had developed quite an attachment to the characters and the story of Hack Punt Tool. Call me sappy and sentimental, but I definitely got a bit teary-eyed hearing a group of frosh arguing over whether Corot was justified in his actions towards Kepler, or whether Billy and Tess were *technically* breaking the November rule during Platonic Friends Again, or some other detail of the show that they were critiquing or comparing to their own lives in a genuine and whole-hearted fashion. It both amazes me and makes me super happy that something I helped create is taking on a life of it’s own and connecting new people to an old tradition, where the most important lesson is to work hard on projects you love with people you care about. It reminds me that no matter where I go, MIT will always be home.

So thank you to everyone who have put in countless hours to breathe life into this story, and thank you to everyone who have loved the story enough to give it continued vigor. I really hope we can tell another story together sometime 🙂

From dRachel:

I’m currently working as a researcher in the EAPS department, so I’ve been at MIT since HPT ended.  It continues to surprise me when I overhear people who weren’t involved with the production sing the songs or quote something from HPT.  On occasion, I’ve heard people adopt the language and names that we came up with for HPT to describe a thing or problem. When we started writing, I had some idea about how the show could influence the MIT community, but I wasn’t expecting it to pick up nearly as much as it has.

I’m super happy that something I helped make is being enjoyed long after the production was completed…it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and have an even greater appreciation for MIT.

Who knows, maybe there will be another play or musical from the HPT team in the future?  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, because I would love to work on another project with a team as amazing as this one was.

Serious thanks to all who were involved with the writing and production, and to the old and new Hack, Punt, Tool fans!