The Human Race continues its 31st Season with the Midwest Premiere of
Brian Parks’s THE HOUSE, November 2 – 19, 2017 at the Loft Theatre
(Dayton, OH) —This November, The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) is getting into the real estate game with The House. After twenty years in their dream house, Martyn and Shanny Redmond are downsizing and just sold their home directly to the perfect thirtysomething couple, Fischer and Lindsay Libett. Or so they thought. Sure that the Libetts will keep the place exactly as they’re leaving it, the Redmonds invite them for drinks, casual conversation and to hand over the keys. But when Fischer and Lindsay reveal they are planning major renovations, Martyn and Shanny have second thoughts and a pleasant get together becomes an outrageously hilarious battle of wills with over-the-top results.
Margarett Perry (HRTC’s Hail Mary!, One Slight Hitch, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and many more), returns to The Race to direct The House. Perry previously directed the world premiere of The House of The Kitchen Theatre in Ithica, NY.
Brian Parks’s (Playwright) plays have been produced in New York City as well as several cities across the U.S. The plays have also been staged internationally, in London, Edinburgh, Ireland, Adelaide, Heidelberg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Oberzeiring, Austria. His play Americana Absurdum helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997, where it also won the Best Writing Award.
The preview performance of The House is Thursday, November 2. Opening night is Friday, November 3.
CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
The cast of four includes three Human Race veterans as well as a face new to local audiences.
Vince Gatton (Cock and Clean Alternatives at the Kitchen Theatre with director Margarett Perry; Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Fully Committed at Barrrington Stage Company) is “Fischer Libett.” This is Gatton’s first production at HRTC. Alex Sunderhaus (Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, August: Osage County.) plays his wife, “Lindsay Libett.” Resident Artist Scott Stoney (Shenandoah, Copenhagen, Seussical, Angels in America.) is “Martyn Redmond.” This is Stoney’s 72nd Human Race production as an actor. Resident Artist Caitlin Larsen (Steel Magnolias, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor; Broadway: Cabaret, 1987 Revival with Joel Grey) plays his wife, “Shanny Redmond.”
Ray Zupp (scenic designer) returns to The Human Race Theatre having last designed Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch. In the last decade, he has worked as a scenic artist on numerous productions for The Human Race Theatre. Costume designer Janet G. Powell returns for her fourth Human Race production with director Perry. Resident Artists John Rensel (lighting designer) and Jay Brunner (sound designer) round out the design team. Lexi Muller is the production stage manager.
Biographies on the cast and creative team can be found on The Human Race Theatre Company’s website.
The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of The House is sponsored by Marion’s Piazza, Houser Asphalt & Concrete, Burhill Leasing, Barbara E. Blauman, Miami Valley Fair Housing.
Performance and special event information
Tickets for the preview performance of The House on November 2 start at $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $17.50 for students. For all performances November 3 – 19, single ticket prices start at $40 for adults, $37 for seniors and $20 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. The Human Race is offering a pair of discount ticket opportunities during the run of the show. A limited number of $12 and $25 side-area seats are available in advance for all performances. The Sunday, November 5 7:00 p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday,” when any available seat can be purchased in person for just $10 at the Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. Discounts are subject to availability and some restrictions apply.
All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Show times for The House are 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday matinees.
Tickets and performance information for The House are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.
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2017-2018 marks the 31st season for The Human Race Theatre Company, “Dayton’s Official Professional Theatre Company.” Founded in 1986, The Human Race moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence in its current home, the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces new works development and special event programming. Under the direction of President and Artistic Director Kevin Moore, the company also maintains education and outreach programs for children, teens and adults, as well as artist residencies in area schools and a summer youth program. Human Race organizational support is provided by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Culture Works, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2017-2018 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, and Morris Home. The 2017-2018 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation, with additional support from Premier Health.
The House performance dates:
- Wednesday, November 1 8:00 p.m. Pay-What-You-CAN open rehearsal
- Thursday, November 2 8:00 p.m. “Inside Track” pre-show discussion/Preview performance
- Friday, November 3 8:00 p.m. Opening night with post-show lobby party
- Saturday, November 4 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 5 2:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 5 7:00 p.m. “Sawbuck Sunday” – $10 tickets at the door
- Tuesday, November 7 7:00 p.m. Lite Fare at the Loft pre-show lobby dinning
- Wednesday, November 8 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 9 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 10 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 11 8:00 p.m. Audio Described/Sign Interpreted performance (reserve by October 28)
- Sunday, November 12 2:00 p.m. “While We’re on the Subject” post-show talk-back
- Tuesday, November 14 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 15 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 16 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 17 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 18 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 19 2:00 p.m. Closing performance