HRTC Reads Wartime Drama IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER for Veterans’ Day

HRTC_new logoThe Human Race presents this intimate look at correspondence from combatants on Monday, November 11

(DAYTON, Ohio) On Veterans’ Day this year, The Human Race Theatre Company will present a staged reading of a new play, If All The Sky Were Paper, by Andrew Carroll. It’s a meaningful piece of timing, because the play is based on letters sent home by soldiers dating from to the American Revolution to modern day emails from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a powerful look at war and its effect on the people serving and their families at home.

The playwright, Andrew Carroll, is the Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. It all started when his cousin sent Andrew a letter he uncovered in storage that the cousin had written and sent home during WWII after having visited a concentration camp. Since then, Andrew has collected hundreds of thousands more, mostly the original letters, that share pieces of history in their observations. To learn more about the Center for American War Letters, visit their website at

If All The Sky Were Paper is the first in a series of three play readings The Human Race Theatre Company will present this year. Additional readings will follow in March and April of 2020; titles are yet to be announced.


Tickets for If All the Sky Were Paper start at $20. Prior to the event, subscribers to The Human Race Theatre may pay $15 per ticket; the day of the event, all tickets are $20. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

The performance is at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The show will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets and performance information are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

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2019-2020 marks the 33rd 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 Executive Director Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore, Artistic Director, 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 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 2019-2020 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, Morris Home, and the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation. The 2019-2020 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation. The Women of Influence season sponsor is the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.

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