Monthly Archives: March 2015

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS Runs April 30-May 3

MATC_Moonlight and Magnolias logoMOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS
Presented by Mad Anthony Theatre Company
April 30-May 3
Hamilton

Directed by Pat Ganz

Cast: Bob McClain as David O. Selznick, Steve Tunning as Victor Fleming, Henry Cepluch as Ben Hecht & Sue Combs as Miss Poppenhul.

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production on his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists, and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

  • Thu-Sat, April 30-May 2 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 3 at 2pm

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RACE Explores Prejudice on a Personal Level

Michael Shooner, Reggie Willis & Renika Williams. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Michael Shooner, Reggie Willis & Renika Williams. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Cincinnati, OH – New Edgecliff Theatre closes its 2014-15 season with RACE by David Mamet, a frank look at the personal biases that exist even in the most progressive of individuals. The multi-award winning American playwright tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations.

Two lawyers, one white and one black, find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When the spotlight is turned on what we think but can’t say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.

The production is directed by Northern Kentucky University Professor Daryl Harris. A 40-year veteran of traditional and experimental theatre, Harris has studied and worked as a producer, writer, director, actor, costume designer, professor and lecturer throughout the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, West Africa, China and Australia. Harris’ work involves multicultural programming and projects that link the Underground Railroad Movement to the fields of theatre and dance, connecting themes emerging from the Movement to current social problems in ways that promote understanding and greater social harmony.

Harris has gathered an exciting cast of actors for this intense story. Michael Shooner and Reggie Willis play the law partners who take on the potentially explosive case of a new client played by Bob Allen. All three actors are well known to Cincinnati audiences having appeared in previous New Edgecliff Theatre productions as well as at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and many other theatres. Joining these accomplished local actors is Renika Williams. Ms. Williams comes to the New Edgecliff stage from Dayton where she attends Wright State University.

Producing Artistic Director Jim Stump read the play two years ago and realized how important the story was. “This play does not revolve around a major racial incident; rather it examines race on a personal level. It makes us acknowledge that no matter how free of prejudice we believe we may be, we often find biases buried deep in our character,” says Stump. “Here we have people who are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for all. By the end of the play the trial hasn’t even begun.”

RACE by David Mamet
Presented by New Edgecliff Theatre
April 9-25, 2013, 7:30pm
The Hoffner Lodge, 4120 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

For tickets visit www.cincyticket.com or 1-888-428-7311 For more information visit http://www.newedgecliff.com .

RACE by David Mamet

The Play
Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can’t say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.

The Playwright
David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include: Faustus and Red River by Pierre Laville; and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov. His films include: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/ director), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director) and Redbelt (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of: Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children’s books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat; Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks, and Make-Believe Town, three volumes of essays; The Hero Pony and The China Man, a book of poems; Three Children’s Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin, and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books, True & False and Three Uses of the Knife. Glengarry Glen Ross was awarded the Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005.

Director
Daryl Harris (Director) is a 45 year veteran of traditional, experimental/alternative, applied and academic theatre on five continents. At NKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance since 2003, he has taught race-, gender-, and class-related courses while also coordinating multi-cultural programming. Local directing credits include NET’s production of Fugard’s MASTER HAROLD…and the boys, ArtsWave’s original touring production of Joe McDonough’s Cincinnati: City of Immigrants, and All Shades Theater’s world premiere of Prabir Das’ Celebrated Silence –Anisha Singh’s story of lifelong sexual victimization in India.

Actors
Michael Shooner (Jack) A Cincinnati native and alumnus of Edgecliff College, Michael left town in 1979 on a 17-year performing odyssey that included stints in Los Angeles, Seattle and Montana. Upon returning to Cincinnati, he founded New Edgecliff Theatre in 1998. An Actor’s Equity member since 1977, he has appeared locally with Cincinnati Playhouse, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Clifton Players and Falcon Theatre. Some favorite roles include Dysart in Equus, Teach in American Buffalo, Ralph in Frozen, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Leonard in Seminar, Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross and Cliff in The Woolgatherer. As always, he thanks his lovely wife Pam for her patience, support and the constant surprise.

Renika Williams (Susan) is a rising graduating Acting Major at Wright State University from Dayton, OH. She feels extremely fortunate and blessed to be a part of this production of Race with New Edgecliff Theatre Company because of the current issues in our country today that surround the subject. Renika’s past roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Anya u/s in The Cherry Orchard, Myrtle Mae in Harvey, The Dynamites in Hairspray, and she was also a touring ensemble member of IMPACT Children’s Theatre at Jean’s Playhouse in New Hampshire last summer. She would like to give a huge thank you to the Acting faculty at WSU, family, and friends for all their guidance, love, and support. (Romans 8:28)

Reggie Willis (Henry) has performed in numerous Productions in the Cincinnati area since 1979. He has performed at Clifton Performance Theater, Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theater, Know Theater, Cincy Shakes, Arts Consortium, Xavier University, and The Carnegie His most recent performances include The Whale, Harvey, Hot Damn it’s the Loveland Frog, The Riverside, Driving Miss Daisy, and August Osage County. Reggie would like to say “Thank You” to everyone who has supported me during my 36 years of performing.

Robert Allen (Charles Strickland) Last season Bob appeared in our production of Bus Stop, as Dr. Lyman, for which he received the League of Cincinnati Theatres award for Featured Actor in a Play. You may also have seen him in our productions of Other People’s Money, The Night of the Iguana, Fool for Love and Three the Hard Way. Bob just completed a sold-out run of August: Osage County with Clifton Players. His recent performances include: Nightwalkers (premiere), Buckeye (premiere) and A Streetcar Named Desire. He also directed the premiere production of Soldier’s Christmas and both directed and appeared in New Edgecliff Theatre’s annual fund raiser, the radio recreation production of Miracle on 34th Street.

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THE MIRACLE WORKER Runs April 30-May 3

GHCT_The Miracle Worker logoTHE MIRACLE WORKER
Presented by Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre
April 30-May 3
Hamilton

Directed by Rhonda Lucas
Produced by Barb and Jane Winkler

Cast: Faith Marsh as Helen Keller, Elisa Yates as Anne Sullivan, Jon Jackson as Captain Keller, Hannah Brown as Kate Keller, James Karr as James Keller, Brandie Wagers as Aunt Ev, John Vanderplough as Anagnos, Joe Nagle as Doctor/man’s voice, Emma Henry as Martha, Joel Mabry as Jimmy Sullivan, Amber Jackson as Viney, Makayla Platt as Percy, Olivia West as School girl, Emily Muench as School girl, Ellie Gordon as School girl, Madeline Webb as School girl & Madeline Straub as School girl

This Tony-Award winner for Best Play follows Helen Keller’s courageous journey out of her secret, silent world. An inspirational classic for the whole family.

  • Thu-Sat, April 30-May 2 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 3 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for MAN OF LA MANCHA at Lebanon Theatre Company

LTC_logoLebanon Theatre Company is pleased to announce the cast for our May production of MAN OF LA MANCHA.

  • Julia Abanto-Bethune — Antonia/Prisoner/Muleteer girl
  • Christopher Carter — Manservant/Sancho Panza
  • Linda Dew — Aldonza/Prisoner
  • Jeremiah Dunn — Muleteer/onstage guitarist/Mirror Knight
  • Wayne Dunn — Padre/Prisoner/Muleteer
  • Tammy Fairchild — Alonso’s Housekeeper/Muleteer girl/Prisoner
  • Jay Fultz — Captain of the Inquisition/Muleteer Driver
  • Steven Haines — Cervantes/Don Quixote
  • Ted Hennis — Governor/Innkeeper/Muleteer/Prisoner
  • Kurt Percy — Duke/Dr. Carasco/Muleteer/Knight of the Mirrors
  • Alisa Russell — Fermina/Muleteer girl
  • Rebecca Smith — Maria (Innkeeper’s wife)/Prisoner
  • Kevin Wall — Barber/Muleteer/Prisoner/Mirror Knight

Directed by Stephen Haines, performances run May 8-17.

For more information visit http://www.ltcplays.com/.

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2015-2016 Season Announced by Human Race Theatre Company

INTRODUCING THE HUMAN RACE’S 2015-2016 SEASON!\

HRTCWe’re proud to announce the lineup for our 29th season as Dayton’s premier professional regional theatre company. It’s a collection of great works with titles and authors you know but have yet to experience on the professional stage. And as ever, we will make you laugh, make you think and inspire you with the power and presence that comes with a live performance in the intimate Loft Theatre. This season, we’re delighted to also present one of the hottest comedians of our time and to join with some of our fellow Dayton performing arts organizations to bring you two incredible additional productions at the Schuster Center.

The 2015-2016 Eichelberger Loft Series Lineup:

THE FULL MONTY: THE BORADWAY MUSICAL
book by Terrence McNally
music and lyrics by David Yazbek
based on the motion picture released by Fox Searchlight Pictures and written by Simon Beaufoy,
produced by Uberto Pasolini and directed by Peter Cattaneo
September 10 – October 4, 2015

In need of quick cash and low on prospects, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with the outrageous idea to put on a strip act after seeing the local women’s wild enthusiasm for touring Chippendales dancers. Short on time and with little talent or physical appeal, the gang promises their show will be better because they’ll go “the full monty” and bare it all! As they prepare for the big night, they learn to let go of their doubts and insecurities—and their clothes—in this hilarious adaptation of the hit film.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
by Robert Harling
November 5 – 29, 2015

The sassy hit of our 1988-1989 season finally returns!
Many things beside hair get done at Truvy’s hair salon, and that’s why it is the place to go in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana. Gossip, revelations and witty Southern banter flow like refreshing sweet tea on a hot summer day. The opinionated Truvy and her new assistant, Annelle, play host to unlikely friends Ouiser and Clairee, the respectable and sociable M’Lynn and her beautiful daughter, Shelby. As the women come face to face with difficult times, they are brought together through strength and love.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Tennessee Williams
February 4 – 21, 2016

Memories as fragile as glass are tossed into the air in Tennessee Williams’ first great masterpiece. Dreams meet reality and love becomes desperate in a shimmering drama of a family on the edge. Tom struggles in a modern day world while his mother holds tight to a fantasy of Southern gentility and his sister hides amongst the glistening crystalline creatures she collects. With an edge as sharp as broken glass, it’s a story that cuts deep into the longing of human hearts.

ONE SLIGHT HITCH
by Lewis Black
April 7 – 24, 2016

Life in suburban Cincinnati is good for Doc and Delia Coleman on the morning they’re about to throw their eldest daughter the perfect wedding they never had, that is until her vagabond ex-boyfriend arrives on their doorstep and wreaks havoc on all of their best laid plans. The result is a zany, door-slamming comedy about stressed-out parents, less-than-helpful siblings and interruptions galore from the mind of comedian Lewis Black. Will their daughter make it down the aisle or will the day end up a perfect disaster?

MASTER CLASS
by Terrence McNally
June 9 – 26, 2016

One of the opera world’s greatest legends takes center stage as Maria Callas gives three aspiring singers a rough welcome into the world of performing. During a series of master classes, this controversial personality now in the twilight of her career remains fearless as she looks back upon her life—the triumphs and heartbreaks, the egos and ambitions, the glories and the scandals. This Tony Award-winning drama gives a revealing look at a commanding diva and the sacrifice for art.

Add-on Productions for Loft Subscribers:

Subscribers can order discounted tickets to these four exciting events now, before they go on sale to the general public.

AMERICAN MOSAIC
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts
September 19 and 20, 2015 at the Schuster Center

Celebrate the riches of America’s genius and the breadth of Dayton’s talent in a spectacular mosaic of American music and performance featuring works by Dayton’s leading performing arts organizations. Experience the magic of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Society of Dayton, The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company all under one star-studded ceiling.

Lewis Black in Concert: A Benefit to The Human Race (Theatre Company)
October 11, 2015 at the Victoria Theatre

Comedian Lewis Black, the “King of Rant” himself, takes the Victoria Theatre stage in this one-night-only stand up concert benefiting The Human Race Theatre Company. You’ll laugh until you cry as one of the most popular comics of our time skewers the absurdities of life in his trademark finger-wagging finest.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES
A Special Holiday Extra for Grownups
by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Mantello
starring Tim Lile as “Crumpet”
December 10 – 19, 2015

Meet the quintessential elf gone bad as he relives a series of less-than-merry misadventures in David Sedaris’ hysterical antidote for holiday havoc. Spend some time with the irreverent Crumpet—one of Santa’s little helpers during the Macy’s Christmas shopping rush—as he handles the hordes of insufferable shoppers and their kiddies with whacked out, wicked wit.

BEST OF BROADWAY II
Part of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series
May 13 and 14, 2016 at the Schuster Center

It’s the exciting sequel to the 2014 fan favorite Best of Broadway as The Human Race artists return to join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra onstage for a lively night of more of your favorite show tunes.

2014-2015 season subscribers – Renew by May 3 and guarantee your seats!
Come join us for another amazing season of theatre created especially for you. Renew your subscription now by returning the Renewal Form we mail to you on March 30 or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630.

We’re taking reservations for new subscriptions now. Seating begins May 26!

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