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Falcon Theatre to Close 2021-2022 Season with A WALK IN THE WOODS

FT_logoIf the pandemic has taught us anything, it is to be prepared for change.

Falcon Theatre had intended to close its 2021-2022 season with Spunk!, written by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe. Unfortunately, the bluesy area premiere has been postponed but will be presented at a later date.

In its place Falcon Theatre will be wrapping up its season with A WALK IN THE WOODS by Lee Blessing. Much like its title suggests, the play introduces us to two arms negotiators who stroll through a wooded area above Geneva, Switzerland away from the tensions at the negotiating table. The two men, a Soviet diplomat and an American negotiator, eventually develop a relationship despite their obvious differences. While penned in the late 1980s, A WALK IN THE WOODS holds a significant amount of relevance today, particularly in light of the current violent struggles in Ukraine.

Directed by Ted Weil and featuring Ryan J. Poole and Jay Dallas Benson, the season closer will take over the same performance schedule initially intended for Spunk!.

Performances are on May 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and June 2, 3, 4, 2022. All performances are at 8:00 PM EST. Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net to reserve seats.

Health and Safety Information
In keeping with our policy of putting safety first and also responding to national and local health and safety guidelines, Falcon will no longer require vaccination or negative Covid tests of our patrons. We are currently still requiring masks for all persons in the building with the exception of the actors while they’re on stage. Please read through all our health and safety guidelines here for full details, which will be updated with all the latest changes so check back before coming to the theater to ensure you understand the current safety guidelines.

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2022-2023 Season Announced by Human Race Theatre Company

HRTC_new logoTHE HUMAN RACE BOLDLY MARCHES INTO ITS NEXT 35 YEARS WITH A GROUNDBREAKING 22-23 LOFT SEASON 

The Human Race embraces its mission of “exploring the human condition” in its 36th season by presenting themes of family, national security, dementia, creativity, race, and autism. Honoring its mission by “promoting enlightenment, inclusion and understanding,” the season includes two World Premieres (one play and one musical), a regional premiere, a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play, and the return of a favorite.  Outgoing Artistic Director Kevin Moore and incoming Artistic Director Emily N. Wells have created a first-rate season that will entertain and challenge theatregoers in southwest Ohio.

“Sometimes you read a play and you know it is just right for our audience,” said Kevin Moore. “Sometimes a play from your ‘bucket-list’ rises to the top and makes for a perfect addition,” offered Emily Wells. “And other times, a golden opportunity just lands in your lap,” added Moore.  This year, all of the above happened – making it the perfect storm.

The season launches in September with George Brandt’s powerful story of a female drone pilot who tries to balance hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother at night in Grounded. This play will mark The Human Race directing debut of its new Artistic Director, Emily N. Wells.  In October, just in time for Halloween, we present the World Premiere comedy/thriller/whodunit by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes, Deadline.  And December marks the return of that outrageous Seuss ingenue, Cindy Lou Who, as she makes your holidays “merry and bright” in Who’s Holiday! by Matthew Lombardo.

In February 2023, The Human Race and Dayton Live co-present, at the Victoria Theatre, the award-winning, Broadway production of A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller in its only Ohio engagement on its national tour.  Returning to the Loft Theatre in April, the company will present the hilarious and unpredictable comedy Barbecue by Robert O’Hara.  The Human Race closes the season in June with the World Premiere musical Indigo by Scott Evan Davis, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione about a non-verbal teen with autism and the family that takes her in. Indigo will be helmed by Broadway director and native Daytonian, Schele Williams.

5-Show Loft Subscription Packages are available.  Other “Flexible Options” include 3 and 4 show packages, and annual Memberships.  Who’s Holiday! may be added to any package.  Renewals are currently underway and new subscriptions are available at anytime.  All tickets are available through Dayton Live Box Office at 937-228-3630 or https://www.daytonlive.org/series/loft-season/.

The Human Race’s 2022-23 Loft Theatre Season 

GROUNDED
By George Brant
Directed by Emily N. Wells
September 8 – 25, 2022

Grounded tells the story of a hot-shot F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. After maternity leave, she is reassigned as a reluctant operator of remotely piloted aircraft in the Middle East.  From an air-conditioned trailer in the desert near Vegas, the Pilot struggles through dreamlike 12-hour shifts hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, leading her into a downward spiral. It’s a frightening reflection on war and the controversial wartime use of drones, and demonstrates the psychological effects experienced by a human who has the power of a wrathful deity.

Grounded was one of the first plays to explore a new form of war…creating a smash that channeled Top Gun.”   – Matt Trueman, The Guardian

DEADLINE
A World Premiere Comedy Thriller
By Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes
October 27 – November 13, 2022

Playwrights Don and Mara are hired to finish a famous mystery writer’s last play following his mysterious death, shortly before its Broadway opening. The play takes place on a yacht, where an estranged family has been called together for the reading of their mother’s will.  As Don and Mara delve deeper into the writing process, they suddenly find themselves literally sucked into the play, trapped in the very world they are trying to complete, where solving the mystery becomes a matter of life and death.

Deadline is a bit of CLUE, and a bit of KNIVES OUT, and a lot of fun!

WHO’S HOLIDAY!
By Matthew Lombardo
December 8 – 23, 2022
Directed by Joe Deer

She’s Back!!!!  That over-indulgent, holiday celebrant “Cindy Lou Who” is back to make your holidays bright!  Who’s Holiday! – last season’s smash-hit comedy by Matthew Lombardo – is back with the hilarious and multi-talented Alex Sunderhaus, offering up some old, some new, some borrowed and some “blue” Christmas to kick your holidays into overdrive.  First-timers and returnees are all welcome!!!!  Cindy Lou does not discriminate.  She’ll offend everyone!

A SOLDIER’S PLAY
By Charles Fuller
A Roundabout Theatre national tour, co-presented by The Human Race Theatre Company and Dayton Live at the Victoria Theatre.
February 14 – 19, 2023

A Soldier’s Play, the1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller by Charles Fuller, has rocketed back into the spotlight, thanks to this 2020 Tony Award®-winning Best Revival from Roundabout Theatre Company.

“This is a play that deserves to be staged regularly all over America—though it’s hard to imagine that it will ever be done better than this. It keeps you guessing all the way to the final curtain”  said The Wall Street Journal.

In 1944, on a Louisiana Army base, two shots ring out. A Black sergeant is murdered. And a series of interrogations triggers a gripping barrage of questions about sacrifice, service, and identity in America. Broadway’s Norm Lewis leads a powerhouse cast in the show Variety calls “a knock-your-socks-off-drama,” directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon.

The tour’s stop in Dayton will be its only Ohio appearance.

BARBECUE
By Robert O‘Hara
April 13 – 30, 2023

In this hilarious and devastating comedy by Robert O‘Hara, the four O’Mallery siblings have planned a barbecue picnic for their youngest sister, Barbara, but it is more of an intervention to confront her outrageous behavior and reckless drug and alcohol use.  We soon learn that the entire family is a mess and each sibling is in need of their own intervention.  Lillie Anne calls James “white trash,” maybe because he brought a Taser along just in case Barbara gets out of hand.  The scene ends – blackout.  When the lights return, so do the four siblings: same park, same situation, same personalities, but they are black instead of white. From that moment the two parallel families alternate, and the barbecue becomes raucous and unpredictable.  Racial politics collide with family stereotypes, survival and America’s fascination with self-destruction as entertainment.

Barbecue manages to roast its raw characters, while at the same time basting the audience in juicy observations about race and class, truth and authenticity, and modern addictions, including to fame.”    – Jonathan Mandell, New York Theatre

INDIGO
A World Premiere New Musical
Music & Lyrics by Scott Evan Davis
Book by Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione & Scott Evan Davis
Directed by Schele Williams
June 8 – 25, 2023

Emma, a non-verbal teen with autism, finds her life upended when the death of her father leaves her in an uncomprehending world. For Emma, the world is a chaotic place until it shifts to the cool blue shades of Indigo, where she is centered and calm in her inner thoughts and dreams. Emma must learn to connect and form bonds with her new family who face daunting challenges of their own. Indigo is a celebration of the human heart and spirit, a moving call for empathy and compassion in a world that often feels devoid of them.

Indigo will be helmed by Broadway Director and native Daytonian, Schele Williams, and is produced by special arrangement with Sing Out, Louise! Productions.

The Human Race acknowledges its gratitude for the public and private support which makes these productions possible:  Loft Season support:  The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of The Dayton Foundation;  Additional Season support:  Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts;  Organizational support:  Culture Works, Montgomery County, Ohio Arts Council, The Shubert Foundation, Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation;  Sustainability support:  Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason and Morris Home; Pay What You CAN Sponsor:  Enterprise Holdings Foundation;

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Auditions Announced for FRANCINE’S WILL at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTTDW Announces Auditions for FRANCINE’S WILL

The Drama Workshop is pleased to announce open auditions for Francine’s Will, by Mary Dattilo. The play is directed by Becky Collins and produced by C.J. Bossart.

Auditions will take place Sunday, May 15th from 6pm-9pm and Monday May 16th from 7pm-9pm at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave. Cheviot Oh 45211. Parking is in the Cappel’s lot on Gamble Ave., or at the metered street parking on Glenmore Ave. (Metered parking is free at the audition times.)

The 10 performances are on weekends August 5-21, 2022: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.  There is also one Thursday performance on 8/18 at 7:30pm. All productions take place at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave. Cheviot Oh 45211.

Rehearsals will begin mid-June. No previous experience required; all roles are open.  Looking for a wide range of backgrounds, experience, and expressions.

Audition requirements:

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  You may be asked to stay to read with others auditioning.  Please bring a list of any conflicts for the months of June through August.

You may also virtually submit an audition video of a 1-2 minute comedic monologue to the director (beckykcollins@gmail.com) or producer (Charles.bossartjr@gmail.com) in lieu of an in-person audition.

All those auditioning have vaccinations up to date and be prepared to show their vaccination cards.  TDW follows all current CDC requirements.

If you need any accommodations for the audition process, please contact the director (beckykcollins@gmail.com) and producer (Charles.bossartjr@gmail.com) by May 13th.

Summary:
Francine Faraday dies and leaves her entire estate to her longtime companion H.P. Manly. While the loyal members of Francine’s staff are delighted, her money-hungry relatives are furious. Though the will is ironclad, the relatives find that they can inherit Francine’s fortune if H.P. dies of “natural” causes. As the family plots H.P.’s demise, the staff schemes to save him, resulting in counter-plots and mixed-up romances aplenty. Francine’s Will is a comedy in two acts.

Characters:

  • Arthur Jarvis (he/his) – Butler at the Faraday mansion; stage age 40s*
  • Roxanne Howard (she/hers)- Francine’s secretary & companion; stage age 30s*
  • Cecily Monroe (she/hers)- Francine’s maid; stage age 20s
  • Lydia Lawson (she/hers)- Sister of late Francine Faraday; stage age 50-70s
  • Stanley Lawson (he/his)- Lydia’s scheming son; stage age 20s
  • Brenda Lawson (she/hers)- Lydia’s spoiled daughter; stage age 20s
  • Chester Gregson (he/his)- Francine’s longtime attorney; stage age 50s
  • Brad Somers (he/his)- Brenda’s fiancé; stage age 20-30s
  • Tiffany Trevor (she/hers)- Stanley’s girlfriend; stage age 20-30s
  • *engages in kiss on stage

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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Closes Season with the Classic Musical Comedy, GUYS AND DOLLS JR.

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Andrew Canter as Nathan Detroit and Adelaide Linser as Adelaide. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati, OH – As summer approaches, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department will close out the year with their junior high musical, Guys and Dolls Jr.

The show runs May 12-14 at 7 p.m. in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium.

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Tyrone Hall as Sky Masterson and Mya Verticchio as Sarah Brown. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Set in Damon Runyon’s New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr. follows gambler Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls Jr. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.

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Jonathan Rubin as Nicely Nicely Johnson and Andrew Prevost as Benny Southstreet. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Seating is no longer limited, and we are excited to announce that we are back to full capacity. Masks are encouraged, but optional for all audience members.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring Tyrone Hall as Sky Masteron, Mya Verticchio as Sarah Brown, Andrew Canter as Nathan Detroit, Adelaide Linser as Adelaide, Jonathan Rubin as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Andrew Prevost as Benny Southstreet, Clark Sayre as Harry the Horse, James Overton as Big Jule, Tvisha Mirashi as Arvide, Caroline Lovelace as General Cartwright, Jude Shotwell as Brannigan, Will Curtain as Rusty Charlie, Cat Riggs as Angie the Ox, Violet Kimnach as Mimi, Emmett Corby as Brandy Bottle Bates / Crapshooter, Winter Cruser as Scranton Slim / Crapshooter, Noah Levinthal as Society Max / Crapshooter, Ash Kertpet as Agatha, Milo Hickerson as Calvin, Anna Rose Wright as Martha, Riley Coleman as Bertha, Claire Wise as Mission Band/Havanna Patron, Maya Lipscomb as Hot Box Girl / Havana Dancer, Nina Muro as Hot Box Girl / Havana Dancer, Jennifer Keifer as Hot Box Dancer, Adah Mosher as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Noa Jaffee as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Harper Monnin as Hot Box Girl, Myah Firdhaus as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Maria Smyth as Hot Box Girl, Valeria Molina as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Jonas Warner as Newspaper Seller / crapshooter, Isaiah Griswold as Havana Bartender / Cop / Crapshooter, Grant Luebke as Havana Waiter / Cop / Crapshooter, and Cal Moore as Havana Patron / Crapshooter

Director: Mike Sherman
Assistant Directors: Lily Canter and Clare Graff
Choreographers: Lael Ingram and Izzy Lachey
Music Director: Bret Albright
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Johns
Assistant Stage Managers: Katie Berich and Abbie Kershner
Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Costume Designer: Emma Smith
Hair and Makeup Designers: Emma Dalton and Lizzy Rebber
Lighting Designer: Sophie Glenn
Marketing and Publicity Head: Lizzy Rebber
Master Electrician: Reagan Warvel
Props Designer: Laurel Prince
Scenic Designers: Ryan Peerless and Leo Jenkins
Sound Designer: Maya Busche

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TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Runs May 28-June 25

ETC_Tiny Beautiful Things logoTINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
May 28-June 25
[Over-the-Rhine]

Based on the acclaimed book by Cheryl Strayed (author of the best-selling Wild), this is a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience following the then-struggling writer as she took over the unpaid, anonymous position of an advice columnist named Sugar. At first unsure of herself, she finds a way to weave her own life experiences together to help those seeking guidance for obstacles large and small. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this enrapturing and uplifting play surges with emotion and was described by Variety as “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching out when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. This production contains mature language and content, including themes/discussion of child abuse, sexual abuse/assault, and drug abuse.

  • In preview Sat, May 28 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue, May 31 at 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, June 1-2 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 4 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 5 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 7-9 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 11 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 12 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 14-16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 17 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 18 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 19 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 21-23 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 24 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 25 at 2pm & 8pm
    ASL interpreted on June 15

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