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Powerful and Timely Drama Reflects on the Costs of War

HRTC_Grounded promoThe Human Race Theatre Company opens the season with a play by Cleveland-based playwright George Brant – Grounded – playing September 8-25, 2022 at the Loft Theatre.  This gripping one-woman drama finds a fighter pilot caught between duty to her country and motherhood.

The Pilot, a hot-shot F16 top gun, finds herself grounded when an unexpected pregnancy stalls her flying career.  She reups with the Air Force in the hopes of once again flying her “Tiger,” but finds herself reassigned to a bunker outside Las 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. The lines crumble between home and professional worlds, and a mistake on the job might just cost her everything.

This production marks The Human Race Theatre Company directorial debut of new Artistic Director Emily N. Wells. “This piece has been fascinating to me since it premiered in New York nearly a decade ago, and even more so after I became a parent,” she comments. “The pilot’s struggle to balance her duty to country and motherhood makes a profound internal conflict. Her ability to exercise control hangs in the balance,” Wells continues. The team has spent time researching women in the United States Air Force and pilot training with community partners including Sinclair Community College, National Museum of the United State Air Force, and retired officers living in the Dayton area.

The role of The Pilot will be played by extraordinary Cincinnati-based actor and playwright Maggie Lou Rader, who audiences will remember from last season as Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists. “Maggie brings a grounded empathy for her characters that resonates powerfully on stage.

Joining director Emily Wells on the Grounded creative team is:  D. Tristan Cupp and Jeff Heater, Scenic Realizer;  John Rensel, Lighting Designer;  Lianne Arnold, Projection Designer; Jay Brunner, Sound Designer; Production Stage Manager, Mark Tynan; and Andrew Ian Adams, Production Assistant. The team has spent time researching women in the United States Air Force and pilot training with the support of community partners including Sinclair Community College, National Museum of the United States Air Force, and retired officers living in the Dayton area.

Grounded will play at the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton, September 8-25, 2022.  Tickets are on sale through the Dayton Live box office, 937-228-3630, or online at  More details about the show can be found at

Special performances:  

  • Pay What You CAN – Wed. September 7 at 8 pm – Non-perishable food donations will benefit The Foodbank. All cash donations will go to American Legion POST 644, the first AL POST for women veterans.
  • Inside Track – Thurs., September 8 at 8pm – preshow discussion at 7:10
  • Sawbuck Sunday – Sun. September 11 at 7 pm – $10 tickets available 5:30pm at the  door
  • While We’re On The Subject – Sun. September 18 at 2pm – Audience Discussion follows performance

The Human Race expresses its gratitude for the public and private support which makes these productions possible including  Culture Works, Montgomery County, Ohio Arts Council, The Shubert Foundation, and the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund.



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Auditions Announced for HOLIDAY INN at Rise Up Performing Arts

RUPA_logoAuditions for Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN

Sept. 30 from 6-9pm
Oct. 1 from 11am-3pm

Rise Up Performing Arts
228 Court St
Hamilton, OH 45011

Callbacks: If necessary, October 2nd at 2:00

Auditions are by appointment. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows.
Click here to sign up for an audition slot and additional information.

Rehearsals begin: October 6th
For: Ages 8-18

Show Dates: December 9th–11th.
Show Location: Sorg Opera House

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited school teacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda to Hollywood to be his new dance partner, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave,” “White Christmas,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Shaking the Blues Away” and many more!

Ensemble Roles:
Announcer, Nightly Dancers (Stanley, Daphne, Sawyer, Stella, Byron, Rose, Janie, Susie, Brenda, Hadley), Radio Chorus, Radio Host, Radio Voice Over, Hollywood creative team, Danny’s Mother (Voice Over), First A.D., Director, First A.D., Cameraman, Sound Man, P.A., Midville townspeople, and Holiday Inn guests.


  • Jim Hardy – a performer and singer-songwriter eager to leave showbiz behind for a simpler life on a farm in Connecticut, (lyric baritone, Bb2-A4)
  • Ted Hanover – Jim’s best friend and performing partner; a charming ladies’ man looking for his big break, (lyric baritone, Bb2-F4)
  • Lila Dixon – a determined performer and Jim’s mismatched fiancée, (high belt, B3-E5)
  • Danny – Jim, Ted and Lila’s agent.
  • Charlie Winslow – a precocious bank messenger. (Eb3-C4)
  • Linda Mason – a school teacher with the hidden talents of a singer and dancer. (belt/mix, G3-F5)
  • Louise – the local fix-it woman; tough, no nonsense and extremely perceptive. (belt, G#3-F5)

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HAMILTON Lottery Announcement


Angelica National Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus.

$10 EACH


Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway in Cincinnati announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (Sept. 6) in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center.  A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance for $10 each.  The lottery is currently open and will close at 12:00 PM Thursday, Sept. 1 for tickets to performances Sept. 6 – 11.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin on each Friday and close the following Thursday for the upcoming week’s performances.


  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
  • The lottery will open at 10:00 AM every Friday and will close for entry at 12:00 PM the next Thursday prior to the following week’s performances.
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM every Thursday for the upcoming week’s performances via email and mobile push notification.  Winners will have two hours to claim and pay for their ticket(s).
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
  • Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID.
  • Lottery tickets void if resold.
  • All times listed are in the local time zone.

Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges.  Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

HAMILTONwill play the Aronoff Center from September 6 – October 2, 2022: Tuesday – Thursdays at 7:30PM, Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sundays at 1:00PM and 7:00PM. Tickets start at $59 and are available online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.  Featuring​ a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex LacamoireHAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony​®​, Grammy​®​, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by The Telsey Office, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit and

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2022-23 Season Announced by Xavier University Theatre

XUT_logoRabbit Hole
By David Lindsay-Abaire
September 16-18, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Theatre
Directed by Patrick Phillips

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, RABBIT HOLE examines the couple’s bittersweet search for comfort in an empty house full of tragic reminders.

“David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation—an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty.”  – Variety.

Something Rotten
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
October 14-22, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Theatre
Directed by Stephen Skiles

Welcome to the Renaissance, where brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play while being stuck in the shadow of that playwrighting rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

“The funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.” – Time Out New York 

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
November 18-20, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Theatre
Directed by Aaron Rossini

Our Town depicts the small town of Grover’s Corners as it follows the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. A heartbreaking and heartwarming reminder to never take the moments of life – no matter how large or small – for granted, Thornton Wilder’s theatrical masterpiece remains one of the most well-known and beloved plays of the American stage.

“OUR TOWN is a microcosm. It is also a hauntingly beautiful play.” – New York Times

Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Additional February 10-18, 2023
Gallagher Student Center Theatre
Directed by Stephen Skiles

In 1892, Lizzie Borden was tried and acquitted for the bloody axe murders of her father and stepmother in a small Massachusetts town. 130 years later, four women will tell this gothic story of American mythology set to a blistering and unapologetic punk rock score. LIZZIE is Rage! Power! Betrayal! And BLOODY MURDER!

“Unapologetic, raw, powerful, and disturbing in the best possible way. … This all-female quartet tells the story of the famous serial killer, Lizzie Borden, through a punk rock infused score with a twist of humor…” – OnStage Blog 

9 to 5 The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film
March 24-26, 2023
Gallagher Student Center Theatre
Directed by Bethany Kerr 

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying hypocrite they call their boss. While he remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is an outrageous, thought-provoking and hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the age of the Rolodex!

“It will leave you with a smile.” – The Guardian

Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
April 14-23, 2023
Gallagher Student Center Studio Theatre
Directed by Isabell Trapp

Finding himself in charge of a city ruled by corruption, the Duke cedes control to Angelo, who quickly enforces dated codes of chastity and moral conduct. But when a young nun pleads for her brother’s condemned life, Angelo ensnares her into an impossible situation. MEASURE FOR MEASURE is a stunning story of power, deception, virtue and hypocrisy that examines the double standards in our political, ethical and religious systems.

“…a play that examines the vicious abuses of power that people commit when they think nobody’s watching…” – The New York Times

Gruesome Playground Injuries
By Rajiv Joseph
April 14-23, 2023
Gallagher Student Center Studio Theatre
Directed by Tessa D’Errico

Kayleen and Doug meet for the first time at eight years old in the nurse’s office of their elementary school. Over the course of 30 years, we follow their lives as they intersect through multiple injuries, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. Gruesome Playground Injuries is an unconventional love story about opening up and allowing someone else to see our own personal scars.

“Mystical, arresting, and quirkily amusing.” – The Washington Post

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Sept. 1-3 Performances of LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR Postponed at Sunset Players

SSP_Laughter on the 23rd Floor logoUnfortunately, Sunset Players is going to have to postpone the following performances of
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR – September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, due to a cast member that tested positive for Covid.

Our audience and cast members health is utmost our priority.

The performances will be rescheduled at a later date. This information will be found on our website: or on Facebook page.

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