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One of the Most Controversial Debates in Sports History Comes to Life in BANNED FROM BASEBALL

The Human Race kicks off its 32nd Season with the World Premiere of Patricia O’Hara’s BANNED FROM BASEBALL, September 6 – 23, 2018 at the Loft Theatre

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L to R: Marc Moritz, K.L. Storer, Doug MacKechnie, Patricia O’Hara (playwright), Brian Dykstra, and Scott Hunt. Publicity photos courtesy of Heather N. Powell.

“We are thrilled to be selected to premiere this exciting new play,” said Kevin Moore, President and Artistic Director. “This story hits home to so many in our region, and we are honored to be the ones to tell the story. Telling great stories that touch our lives is a big part of our mission.”

(Dayton, OH) —Like clockwork each Fall, the discussions around the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees begin. At the same time, the petitions to reconsider Pete Rose for the Hall of Fame resurface. It’s one of the most hotly debated topics in sports history. This September, The Human Race Theatre Company takes us back to 1989, when the battle for the soul of Major League Baseball hit its peak as Commissioner Bart Giamatti and Pete Rose, the reigning Hit King, lock horns in the world premiere performance of BANNED FROM BASEBALL, by Patricia O’Hara.

New York director Margarett Perry makes her tenth return to the Loft stage to helm this world premiere production. Perry’s last show at the Loft was the comedic hit, The House, which she recently directed in Scotland.

The cast of five includes four Human Race veterans as well as a new face to local audiences.

Brian Dykstra, who appeared on Broadway with Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy and was last seen on the Loft stage in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch, plays Pete Rose. Chicago actor Doug MacKechnie makes his Human Race debut as Bart Giamatti. Scott Hunt, no stranger to the Loft stage (HRTC’s The Glass Menagerie, Sweeney Todd, and 26 Pebbles), will play Fay Vincent. Marc Moritz, (HRTC’s Mystery of Edwin Drood, Broadway’s Sondheim/Prince musical, Merrily We Roll Along) plays the role of Reuven Katz, and K.L. Storer (HRTC’s Caroline, or Change, Fiddler on the Roof) returns to The Race for the fourth time and will play the role of John Dowd.

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“The script calls for voiceovers by an unnamed Sportscaster,” said Moore who reached out to Marty Brenneman, The radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds, “After reading the script, Brenneman eagerly agreed to lend the support of his unique voice to the project.”

Patricia O’Hara (Playwright) is a writer and Professor of English Literature at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA. At Franklin & Marshall she teaches all manner and forms of Nineteenth-Century British Literature, creative writing, and her course that has proven to be perennially popular: Baseball in American Literature and Culture. BANNED FROM BASEBALL is O’Hara’s first play.

Tamara L. Honesty (scenic designer) returns to the Human Race to design her 8th HRTC production. Janet Powell (costume designer), Resident Artists John Rensel (lighting designer) and Jay Brunner (sound designer) round out the design team. Jacquelyn Duncan is the production stage manager.

Biographies on the cast and creative team can be found on The Human Race Theatre Company’s website under BANNED FROM BASEBALL.

The preview performance of BANNED FROM BASEBALL is Thursday, September 6. Opening night is Friday, September 7.

The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of BANNED FROM BASEBALL is sponsored by Marion’s Piazza, Beth and Alan Schaeffer, and John and Tamara Clough.

Tickets for BANNED FROM BASEBALL start at $14. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. The Sunday, September 9 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. Prior to the Tuesday, September 18 7:00 p.m. performance is “Beer, Here!”, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Additional information and details for “Beer, Here!” can be found on our website and Facebook Events page. 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 BANNED FROM BASEBALL 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 BANNED FROM BASEBALL are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

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2018-2019 marks the 32nd 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 outreach programs, 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 2018-2019 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, and Morris Home. The 2018-2019 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation.


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Auditions Announced for Dan in CHAPATTI at Troy Civic Theatre

TROY_logoDirector Marilyn Mays is seeking one male for the role of Dan in our upcoming production of CHAPATTI by Christian O’Reilly. Dan is in his 60’s, and will require an Irish accent. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 27th, starting at 7:00 pm at Troy Civic Theatre (Troy City Park – Adams Street, Across From Hobart Arena). Please note that the role of Betty has already been cast.

Performances for CHAPATTI are November 2-4, 9-11, at 8:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 pm on Sundays. The rehearsal schedule will be set based on the cast availability.

Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship.

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MY FAIR LADY Runs Sept. 14-30

Dayton Playhouse
Sept. 14-30

Directed by Brian Sharp
Vocals directed by Tim Rezash
Conducted by Ron Kindell
Choreographed by Sandra Hyde

Cast: Sarah Viola as Eliza Doolittle, Brian Laughlin as Colonel Pickering, Jackie Pfeifer as Mrs Eynsford-Hill, Dodie Lockwood as Mrs. Higgins, David Shough as Henry Higgins, Drew Roby as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Brad Bishop as Alfred P. Doolittle, CJ Suchyta as– Bartender/Ensemble, Mark Sharp as Harry/Ensemble, Jim Spencer as Jamie/Ensemble,  Donna Bostwick as Mrs. Pearce, Angele Price as Mrs. Hopkins, Jamie McQuinn as Prof. Zoltan Karpathy, Benjamin Jones as Bystander/Ensemble, Steve Strawser as Lord Boxington/Ensemble, Karla Enix as Lady Boxington/Ensemble, Elainah Skaroupka as Flower Girl/Ensemble, Shana Fishbein as Maid/Ensemble, Stacey Brewer as Maid/Ensemble, Amber Pfeifer as Maid/Ensemble, Jamie Pavlofsky as Ascot Maid/Ensemble, Annie Sayers as Ascot Maid/Ensemble, Neve Barker as Maid/Ensemble, Cathy Long as Ensemble & Marabeth Klejna as Ensemble

Based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins, showcases some of Broadway’s greatest songs, including, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, I’m Getting Married in the Morning, The Rain In Spain – just to name a few!  Higgins takes credit for Eliza’s success, but when she realizes that she no longer needs him, it breaks his pompous spirit and melts his heart as well.

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 14-15 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 16 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 21-22 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 23 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 28-29 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 30 at 2pm

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BVCT_Dearly Departed logoDEARLY DEPARTED
Brookville Community Theatre
Sept. 6-16

Directed by Debbi Robbins

Cast: Junior Cruea as Raynelle, Brad Rarick as Raybud, Cathy Rarick as Lucille, James Nelson as Junior, Kerry Simpson as Suzanne, Shayna Stanley as Delightful, Cindy Cuny as Marguerite, Kendal Garrett as Royce, Michael Robinson as Reverend Hooker/Norval, Kathy DeVorak as Veda, Jodi Decker as Nadine, Garrett Hensley as Clyde/Announcer & Julie Zalar as Juanity,
The Joy of Life Singers/Ensemble: Tori Coss, Sheryl Koontz, William Fortner & Michelle Robinson

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, ‘When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.’ Amidst the chaos, the Turpin’s turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 6-8 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 9 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 13-15 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 16 at 3pm

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Actor Needed for OTHER DESERT CITIES at Middletown Lyric Theatre

1530 Central Avenue
Middletown, Ohio 45044

Production is in November.
Rehearsals begin early October.
Contact Charley Shafor at for an audition appointment or more information.

Character Description: Lyman Wyeth – 50’s early 60’s patriarch of the family, a real patrician of Californian royalty. Hollywood “B” actor with some celebrity and political influence, seemingly conservative but with a sense of humor and a deep love and care for his adult children.

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