2018-2019 Season Announced by Dayton Theatre Guild


by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Kathy Mola
4M, 4W
Audition Dates: June 4 & 5, 2018
Production Dates: August 17 – September 2, 2018

In a small Alabama town in the year 1900, a southern family’s selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. Three siblings –the manipulative Regina, the cruel and arrogant Oscar, and the possessive Benjamin—have decided to partner together to increase their already substantial, ill-gotten wealth. But Regina’s terminally ill husband, Horace, refuses to give them the money they need. In the end, blood and money mix with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind.

By Steven Dietz
Directed by Margie Strader
3M, 5W
Audition Dates: August 20 & 21, 2018
Production Dates: October 5 – 21, 2018

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but how often do we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing? From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape, and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. Following a web of characters whose interwoven lives collide but never quite connect, THIS RANDOM WORLD shows us that, through the power of chance, we might be closer to each other than we know.

By Michael Cristofer
Directed by David Shough
5M, 4W
Audition Dates: November 19 & 20, 2018
Production Dates: January 11 – 27, 2019

THE SHADOW BOX made its Broadway debut in 1977, winning both a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, different parts of the country, and are each dying of cancer. They are living their final days with friends and family in a hospice cottage on the grounds of a large California hospital. Joe’s wife is in denial, Felicity awaits a visit from her daughter, and Brian plays referee between his ex-wife and his male lover. Each day, the patients are observed and counseled by an invisible Interviewer as they talk candidly about their emotional and physical struggles.

By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Patrick Allyn Hayes
2M, 2W
Audition Dates: January 14 & 15, 2019
Production Dates: March 1 – 17, 2019

Anna is in the hospital having the latest of her frequent deathbed scenes, and this one looks like it may be the real deal. She makes a shocking confession to her grown children about an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

By Melissa Ross
Directed by Debra Kent
1M, 3W
Audition Dates: March 4 & 5, 2019
Production Dates: April 19 – May 5, 2019

In suburban Massachusetts in 1984, thirty-seven-year-old Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job as a secretary and still lives at home with her hypochondriac mother. She started college but never finished, and has settled into a life that doesn’t offer much hope for the future. But when a new friendship at work and a chance flirtation with an old classmate give her hope for the possibility of change, she dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes and begins to take tentative steps towards a new life. This is a play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.

By Jethro Compton
Directed by J Gary Thompson
6M, 1W (+extras)
Audition Dates: April 22 & 23, 2019
Production Dates: June 7 – 23, 2019

Journey into the Wild West in the year 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life, he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home. A local girl gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? He must make the choice to turn and run or to stand up for what he believes.

SEASON EXTRA: a play workshop

By Luke Yankee
Directed by Jeff Sams
Production Dates: November 16-25, 2018

THE MAN WHO KILLED THE CURE, a controversial new play by The Last Lifeboat playwright Luke Yankee, is based on the life and death of Dr. Max Gerson, one of the fathers of natural healing. Two doctors, who are colleagues, friends, and men of science, survive Nazi Germany and make their way to America. Dr. Max Gerson believes in natural healing techniques while his former best friend and new adversary gets rich trying to stop him. This play is about the times we live in, one man’s betrayal of another, and a timeless investigation of the hypocrisy that poisons the world of modern medicine.

*season ticket package info will be forthcoming.


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