The Human Race Takes You on a Madcap, Cheeky and Hysterical Ride through Shakespeare’s Works

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Jordan Laroya, Bruce Cromer & Shaun Patrick Tubbs. Photo by Immobulus Photography.

The Human Race closes its 31st Season with all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays performed in just 97 minutes, May 31 – June 17, 2018 at the Loft Theatre.

(Dayton, OH) —This June, The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) is celebrating the Bard with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Get ready for a show like no other. It’s an irreverent, roller-coaster ride with the Bard that will leave you breathless with laughter as three incredibly talented actors take on all 38 of his plays in just 97 minutes… with a good amount of creative editing. Part improve-run-amok, part audience participation, all delightfully absurd, this merry mashup leaves no funny bone untickled and features a comic troupe lead by one of Ohio’s finest Shakespearean actors, Human Race Resident Artist Bruce Cromer.

“This is the perfect finale to our Season of Laughs,” said Human Race President & Artistic Director Kevin Moore.  “With all the zany antics of these three comedians, it is safe to say it will provide more laughs per minute than any previous show this season.  And that is saying a lot!  If you are a fan of Shakespeare, you will have a great time.  If you hate Shakespeare, you will ADORE this show.”

“I’m happy to be back in Dayton, Ohio,” said director Aaron Vega. “This is where I cut my teeth as a young theatre professional and I’m excited to bring this show’s ice-cream-sundae-with-sprinkles-and-chocolate-sauce brand of joy to a community that means so much to me. I don’t know about you, but I need a break from politics and news every once in a while and this show will be like a cleansing sorbet for your mind… or a bubble bath for your brain…. or a steak after a winter of potatoes… or… you get the idea.”

Aaron Vega (HRTC’s Sweeney Todd, Other Desert Cities and Director of Twelfth Night and Taking Shakespeare), an alumnus of Wright State University’s Professional Actors Training Program and The Human Race’s Artistic Apprentice program, returns to The Race to direct The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. “With Aaron’s background in Shakespeare, comedy and the immersive theatre movement,” Kevin continued, “he is the perfect person to lead this merry band of clowns.”

The preview performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is Thursday, May 31. Opening night is Friday, June 1.

The cast of three includes two Human Race veterans and one new face to local audiences.

Bruce Cromer (HRTC’s Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet, I Am My Own Wife)Shaun Patrick Tubbs (HRTC’s Jitney, WB’s Gossip Girl, ABC’s General Hospital, Austin Shakespeare’s Macbeth), and Jordan Laroya (ShakespeareLIVE!’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, MaineStage Shakespeare’s Othello and Love’s Labour’s Lost.)

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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies, Marion’s Piazza, and Matthew J. Scarr, CPA LLC.

Tickets for the preview performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] on May 31 start at $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $17.50 for students. For all performances June 1 – 17, 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, June 3 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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] 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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] are available at 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, Heidelberg Distributing Company and Buckeye Vodka.


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