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2019-2020 Season Announced by Loveland Stage Company

LSC_logoLoveland Stage Company has announced the 2019-2020 season which will be the community thespian group’s 40th consecutive season of quality live theater.

The summer youth production will be “Bugsy Malone Jr.” and will be directed by Pia Rader with Jill Gornet and Jonathan Eckman producing. This 1976 musical gangster comedy will be presented July 12-21 at the theatre at 111 SW. 2nd St  (Rt.48) in Loveland.

“Mamma Mia” will be the summer musical production scheduled for August 16-25.  Deirdre Dyson will direct this musical which is based on songs of the pop group ABBA.  Glenna Knapp will be technical director with Steve and Theresa Kovacs producing.

The 40th Anniversary celebration will feature “Cole, An Entertainment” scheduled for Nov. 1-17. The musical tells the story of the life and fabulous music of Cole Porter.  Gregory Carl Smith will direct, Chris Lee will be technical director and K. Buckler and Pat Furterer will be producers.

As part of Christmas In Loveland, the stage company will present a free family-friendly production entitled “An Olde Fashioned Christmas” on Dec. 14.  This will be directed by Pat Furterer and is always the group’s gift to the public!

“Gypsy” will be presented March 6-22, 2020.  This popular musical is loosely based on the  1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and her mother, Rose. The show will be directed by Michael Kiser and produced by Tom Cavano, Becky Cole and Jill Gornet.

The last show of the season will be “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” which is a side splitting comedy and promises a good time for the entire audience!  This will be directed by Becky Cole and produced by Jill Gornet and is scheduled for May 15-24, 2020.

Season tickets will be available in June for $72.00 for the 4 shows.  Tickets for individual shows are $20.  Season tickets offer first choice in seating and performance date as well as reduced price per show.

For more information go to www.lovelandstagecompany.org or call the ticket line at 513.443.4572.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see quality theater in a unique setting in beautiful downtown Loveland!

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Cincinnati Music Theatre Announces its 2019-2020 Season at the Aronoff Center

cmt_logoCINCINNATI, OH – Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT), a resident company of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Season, including two full-scale musical productions in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater and three Studio Series productions in the intimate Fifth Third Bank Theater.

Season tickets go on sale Friday, May 3 and single tickets go on sale Monday, June 3 at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

Producing a historic five-show season, CMT is excited to offer Cincinnati high quality musicals at an affordable price. From a classic movie musical to Tony Award-winning shows to an original work created by a local Cincinnatian, CMT continues to thrill audiences with popular musical theatre and fabulous local talent, and to delight them with new works.

2019-20 MAINSTAGE SEASON

CABARET
Book by JOSEPF MASTEROFF, based on the play by JOHN VAN DRUTEN and stories by CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD, music by JOHN KANDER, lyrics by FRED EBB
November 8-16, 2019
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. These contrasting relationships are played out against the backdrop of the Nazis rise to power. The award-winning score includes such classics as “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” and the title song. Directed by Skip Fenker. 

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Screenplay by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLF GREEN, songs by NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED, based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
May 8-16, 2020
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater
The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time,” Singin’ in the Rain takes you on a memorable trip into Hollywood’s past. Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green adapted their award-winning screenplay for the stage. Each unforgettable scene, song, and dance is accounted for, including the splashy show-stopping title number. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren’t as they appear. The advent of “talking pictures” may bring the end of Lina’s career until a talented young actress is asked to do the singing and talking for her.  Filled with comedy, romance, and a hit-parade of Hollywood standards, Singin’ in the Rain is a downpour of musical bliss! Directed by Dennis Murphy.

2019–20 STUDIO SERIES

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and music by LEONARD BERSTEIN, MARY ROGERS, RICHARD ROGERS, JULE STYNE, continuity by NED SHERRIN
Sept 6, 7 & 13, 14, 2019
Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater
Get ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. Featuring music from CompanyFolliesA Little Night MusicA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumAnyone Can Whistle, and Pacific Overtures, not to mention classics written with musical theatre giants Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rogers, Richard Rogers, and Jule Styne, this dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs demonstrates his masterful craft and astounding creativity. Directed by Adam Drake. 

SINGABLES AND SWINGABLES: An Evening of Jazz
Created by CMT Board Member MARYPAT CARLETTI
Feb 14, 15 & 21, 22, 2020
Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater
Your toes will tap and your fingers will snap as you enjoy song favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters, and more of the country’s best-loved jazz singers.  Let some of Cincinnati’s finest local ‘Cats and Canaries’ entertain you, as they come on like ‘gangbusters’. Directed by Marypat Carletti. 

I DO! I DO! A Musical About Marriage
Books and lyrics by TOM JONES, music by HARVEY SCHMIDT, based on “The FOURPOSTER” by JAN DE HARTOG
June 5, 6, & 12, 13, 2020
Aronoff Center, Fifth Third Bank Theater
The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage, an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade). The show follows Michael and Agnes from their wedding day through to their retirement. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family, and negotiate midlife crises. We follow fifty years of their marriage to see them rediscover how much they really need each other. This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to a tuneful, charming score featuring the song “My Cup Runneth Over.” Directed by Tom Peters.

TICKETS & INFORMATION – Season tickets on sale Friday, May 3. Single tickets go on sale Monday, June 3.    

  • www.CincinnatiArts.org
  • (513) 621-ARTS [2787]
  • Aronoff Center Ticket Office
  • Group Discount Tickets (15 or more):  (513) 977-4157

                *Additional ticketing fees may apply.  Ticket prices and fees subject to change.

Aronoff Center Ticket Office Hours        

  • Monday-Friday:  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Through intermission of the last show on performance days

Cincinnati Music Theatre
One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most successful community theaters, CMT is proud of its long history of presenting popular, large scale, award-winning musicals to enthusiastic audiences from across the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information, visit www.cincinnatimusictheatre.org, LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cincinnatimusictheatre, and follow us on Instagram @cincinnatimusictheatre.

Singin’ in the RainSide by Side by Sondheim, and I Do! I Do! are presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55thStreet, New York, NY 10009. Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212)397-4684.  www.MTIShows.com 

Cabaret is produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK, www.tamswitmark.com.

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2019-2020 Season Announced by Xenia Area Community

xactTWO SHORT PLAYS
No Mother to Guide Her: or, More to be Pitied than Censured and The Potman Spoke Sooth
Directed by Kirk and Melodee Bass
Aug. 30-Sept. 8

CATFISH MOON
Directed by Saul Caplan
Oct. 4-13

PICNIC 
Directed by Kyle Mercuri
Nov. 1-10

OUR FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOW
Directed by Jennifer Sparks
Dec. 6-15

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Directed by Mike Taint
Jan. 10-19

THE FACE OF EMMETT TILL
Directed by Joyce Barnes
Feb. 14-23

RUMORS
Directed by Carter Hume
March 27-April 5

RABBIT HOLE 
Directed by Sara Duibley
May 8-18

For more information visit www.xeniaact.org.

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Cincinnati Opera Announces 100th Anniversary Season & Programming

CO_Rusalka (Kelly Kaduce), credit Michal Daniel, Minnesota Opera

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Cincinnati Opera Announces 100th Anniversary Programming,
2020 Season Repertoire, and Casting Highlights 

2020 Summer Festival
World premiere of Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith’s Castor and Patience
The Barber of Seville, starring Isabel Leonard
A magnificent, new-to-Cincinnati Aida
First-ever production of Rusalka
Fierce, a collaboration with young women from WordPlay Cincy
and Music Resource Center—Cincinnati 

Yearlong Program of Anniversary Events Begins September 2019
Including:
100th Anniversary Ball
Stephen Costello in Concert
Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
In Harmony Community Chorus 

CINCINNATI, OH—Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, today announced a host of programs celebrating the company’s upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020, along with repertoire and casting highlights of the 2020 Summer Festival.

“Attaining the age of one hundred years is no small feat for any company, but for an opera company it’s a truly special achievement—after all, opera is the most expensive art form!” said Mirageas. “It is an honor and a privilege to guide this company artistically into its second century, drawing on both a rich history of magnificent grand opera as well as our decades of presenting new works.”

“With these events, we are not looking to simply mark the company’s milestone—we want to celebrate with our community, which has supported and championed Cincinnati Opera for almost a century,” said Patricia K. Beggs, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO of the company.

“Cincinnati Opera is the second oldest opera company in America, yet displays the artistic vibrancy of one of our newest ‘indie’ opera companies,” said Marc Scorca, President & CEO of Opera America. “The program for the 100th anniversary season shows an exciting and balanced commitment to the masterpieces of the inherited repertoire, the artists who will shape the art form in the course of the company’s second century, and community programs that embrace the diversity of the city. Like every great organization, Cincinnati Opera honors its rich history and looks to the future in every aspect of its work.”

100th Anniversary Programming
Cincinnati Opera will present a yearlong series of events, performances, and programs to celebrate its landmark 100thanniversary. A group of committed volunteers is working to support this programming through the 100th Anniversary Cabinet, co-chaired by Melanie Chavez and Jeannine Winkelmann. The Opera’s Community Celebrations committee, presenting a series of public events celebrating 100 years of opera in the community, is chaired by Julie Heard and Dr. Susan Strick. Fundraising activities for the 100th Anniversary are led by the Opera’s Presidents Council, chaired by Cathy Crain.

100 Fridays on 90.9 WGUC
In July 2018, Mirageas began leading the march to the Opera’s 100th anniversary on his weekly Friday evening broadcast on Classical 90.9 WGUC. Every Friday for 100 weeks, he explores one year in the history of Cincinnati Opera, counting up to the opening of the company’s 100th season. Along the way, Mirageas shares recordings of great artists from the illustrious history of the company, excerpts from significant Cincinnati Opera first performances, and occasionally historic live recordings from both the Cincinnati Zoo era (1920-1971) and from Music Hall. Historic anecdotes and facts are drawn from the landmark histories of Cincinnati Opera written by Eldred Thierstein and Charles Parsons. The series continues through June 2020; follow @cincinnatiopera, @909WGUC, and #CincyOpera100 on Twitter for weekly broadcast times and program details.

The 100th anniversary programming will kick off on September 18, 2019, when Cincinnati Opera once again returns to its historic roots at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to present the 10th annual Back to the Zoo concert in the Wings of Wonder Theater. This fun, free, family-friendly program includes performances of opera and musical theater favorites, memories from the Zoo days, and close encounters with animals. Tickets to this highly anticipated event will become available in summer 2019.

On October 29, 2019, the company presents Stephen Costello in Recital, supported by the The Peter G. Courlas and Nicholas Tsimaras Annual Recital Fund, at Memorial Hall. Costello, a Metropolitan Opera regular who starred in the company’s 2010 La Bohème and 2012 La Traviata, will showcase an evening of bel canto opera arias in concert.

Longtime general director and CEO of the Opera Patty Beggs will be honored at the annual Opera Gala on November 23, 2019, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. The Gala is co-chaired by Alva Jean CrawfordCatharina Toltzis, and Anne Zaring, with honorary co-chairs Harry and Linda Fath and Marc Scorca, President & CEO of Opera America.

In Harmony Community Chorus
Connecting with the community is one of Cincinnati Opera’s top strategic priorities as it enters its second century. Since 2006, the company has produced an annual series of Opera Goes to Church concerts in collaboration with local churches, in which resident choirs perform with mainstage opera singers. The experience has been audience-focused, and is hugely popular, with each free concert filled to capacity. The company now seeks to create an impactful experience for the amateur singers in the choirs, with the belief that collaborative art-making will create social bridges across the community. To address that in a tangible way, in spring 2020 it will launch In Harmony, a community chorus of 100 participants, with ten members each from ten diverse organizations.

The company will partner with a mix of churches—African American, Latino, and white; conservative and liberal—along with other houses of worship, as well as existing community choruses. Participants will commit to a half-day weekend retreat in April 2020, six rehearsals, and six performances over two weekends in June 2020. The retreat will feature trust-building activities led by a professional facilitator, and each rehearsal will feature a social activity.

The culminating performances will take place at community centers, churches, and Cincinnati Music Hall over the course of two weekends. One weekend will feature a daylong tour along the Ohio River, with concerts in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. All programs will be presented free of charge. After the project, participants will be invited to attend a reunion and a dress rehearsal performance at Music Hall. In Harmony is supported by a $75,000 Innovation Grant from Opera America.

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
In April 2020, Cincinnati Opera will present the regional premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a new work inspired by Dessner’s experience of growing up in Cincinnati during protests against an exhibit of the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe at the Contemporary Arts Center in 1990. Dessner, a member of the indie rock band The National and founder of the eclectic Cincinnati festival MusicNOW, collaborated with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttleand vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth to explore the ways Mapplethorpe’s works compel an audience’s complicity and characterizes them in the act of attention. The performance piece, which was co-commissioned by Cincinnati Opera, combines the poetry of Patti Smith and Essex Hemphill with projections of Mapplethorpe’s images. The work will be presented at the Taft Theatre in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center.

On June 14, 2020, the Opera will once again kick off the season with Opera in the Park, its annual free outdoor concert in Washington Park featuring a selection of opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars from the 2020 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the concert, the public is invited to Opera For All, a Music Hall open house featuring performances and activities for the whole family.

Then, on the opening night of the season, June 18, 2020, the company will present the 100th Anniversary Ball, a celebratory black-tie dinner prior to the performance of The Barber of Seville. The 100th Anniversary Ball is co-chaired byMelanie Chavez and Jeannine Winkelmann.

In conjunction with the meeting of the national Opera America board in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera will present Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin, a song cycle about the first woman elected to Congress, by composers Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman, and Ellen Reid, with text by Kimberly Reed, on July 17, 2020. This event is part of the company’s Championing Women’s Voices initiative.

In addition, Cincinnati Opera will present its usual lineup of community and education programming, including Opera Raps, the 30th annual Community Open Dress RehearsalThe Opera Express mobile opera theater, the Inside Opera podcast series, performances through the UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Opera Voice Health Partnership, and the 15th annualOpera Goes to Church/Opera Goes to Temple concert series.

2020 Season
Cincinnati Opera will open its 100th anniversary season with Gioachino Rossini’s charming comedy The Barber of Seville(June 18 & 20) in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, a frequent star of the Metropolitan Opera stage, will make her Cincinnati Opera debut as Rosina. After appearing as Tamino and Papageno in the company’s 2017 Magic Flute, tenor Aaron Blake and baritone Rodion Pogossov will showcase their comic teamwork as Count Almaviva and Figaro, respectively. Italian conductor Renato Balsadonna returns to conduct following his debut with 2018’s La Traviata.

Next, the company will present the world premiere of Fierce (June 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28), part of both the Championing Women’s Voices initiative and CO Next: Diverse Voices, an initiative designed to showcase diverse stories and artists. A collaboration with WordPlay CincyThe Music Resource Center—Cincinnati (MRC), and i.imagineFierce tells stories inspired by the lives of the teenage girls who helped create it. The libretto is by novelist Sheila Williams, working with participants in WordPlay Cincy’s programs, and the music is by composer William Menefield, working with participants in MRC’s programs. Teenage girl participants in i.imagine’s photography-based educational programs will partner with the Opera on promoting the piece to their peers. D. Lynn Meyers, the producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, acts as stage director and dramaturg in her company debut. The project was previously announced under the working title Girls 2020.

For the first time in its 100-year history, the company will present Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka (July 9 & 11), the beautiful and tragic tale of a love-struck mermaid, sung in the original Czech at Music Hall. British-Swiss soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel, who made her U.S. debut singing Pamina in the company’s 2017 production of The Magic Flute, will star in the title role. Slovenian conductor Daniela Candillari will make her company debut leading the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Cincinnati Opera will then present the highly anticipated world premiere opera Castor and Patience (July 16, 18, 22, 24 & 26), at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. With music by Gregory Spears, composer of the company’s acclaimed 2016 commission Fellow Travelers, and an original libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the story is centered on two members of an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South. Not just the story of a single family or even a particular geography, the work addresses America’s warring tensions between reckoning with the hard facts of history and racing blindly forward toward the dream of progress. Soprano Latonia Moore returns to star as Patience following her acclaimed portrayal of Aida in 2013, and bass-baritone Kevin Short makes his company debut as Castor. Frederick Ballentine, Jr. will sing the role of Castor’s son, Judah, following roles in The Flying Dutchman (2018) and Porgy and Bess (2019). Kevin Newbury returns to direct following his work on 2016’s Fellow Travelers.

The 100th anniversary season will close with the grandest of all operatic masterpieces, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida (July 25, 28, 30 & August 1), at Music Hall. Soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams makes her company debut in the title role, which she has previously sung at The Atlanta Opera and Teatro Massimo di Palermo in Sicily. Italian tenor Marco Berti will sing the role of Radamès, which he has performed at both La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, in his company debut. Mezzo-sopranoRonnita Miller will make her company debut as the jealous princess Amneris. Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. returns to sing the role of Amonasro following his appearance as Jake in Porgy and Bess (2019). Bass Morris Robinson reprises the role of Ramfis, which he last sang for the company in 2013. Robinson is the company’s Artistic Advisor and sings the role of Porgy inPorgy and Bess during the 2019 Summer Festival. Christopher Allen returns to conduct following his previous work on The Magic Flute (2017) and Tosca (2016).

Subscriptions to the 2020 Summer Festival will be available beginning in fall 2019, with single tickets on sale in spring 2020. For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Championing Women’s Voices Initiative
In 2017, Cincinnati Opera presented its first-ever opera by a female composer with Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli. The following year, the company presented its second, As One by Laura Kaminsky. During its centennial season, Cincinnati Opera will present a series of female-created works under the umbrella of the Championing Women’s Voices initiative. These include: the world premiere of Fierce, created by teenage girls from WordPlay and MRC and librettist Sheila Williams, directed by D. Lynn Meyers, with promotional support from the teenage girls from i.imagine; the world premiere of Castor and Patience with a libretto by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith; and the presentation of Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin, a song cycle by composers Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman, and Ellen Reid, with text by Kimberly Reed. As part of Cincinnati Opera’s 100th anniversary, which coincides with the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S., this initiative celebrates the creativity and power of female artists. It will be supported in perpetuity by the Patricia K. Beggs Fund for Championing Women’s Voices.

Patricia K. Beggs Fund for Championing Women’s Voices
As announced in March, Patricia K. Beggs, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO, will retire following the company’s 2020 season, and the Board of Trustees has established a fund to honor her 35-year career and significant accomplishments. Throughout her career, Beggs has been a champion of artistic excellence, community, diversity, and new works, and has supported the work of female conductors, designers, and directors. Therefore, the focus of the fund is artistic excellence and community engagement, with an emphasis on female creators. The money raised by the fund will be used to showcase the work of established and emerging female creators, including composers, librettists, conductors, and directors, as well as to promote diversity and gender parity in the field. 

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every June and July in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival runs June 13 through July 28, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro,Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the world premiere of Blind Injustice by Scott Davenport Richards and David Cote, based on true stories of the Ohio Innocence Project, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is Huntington Bank. The 2019 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences.

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The Human Race Theatre Company Announces its 33rd Season: A Season of Women!

HRTC_new logoWOMEN OF INFLUENCE: THEIR POWER, PASSION AND PITFALLS

“This may be the first time in our 33 years,” stated Human Race Artistic Director and Founding Member Kevin Moore, “that we selected a season theme before we selected our shows.” And for good reason. The 2019-20 Human Race Theatre season at the Loft Theatre coincides with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the first step in all women having the right to vote and the catalyst for our movements for Equality.

“In celebration of this monumental year,” continued Moore, “The Human Race titled its new seasonWomen of Influence: Their Power, Passion and Pitfalls.  The season showcases unique women’s stories and plentiful, strong female characters – both factual and fictional.  It also features some of the country’s outstanding women playwrights.”

“Throughout this remarkable season, I am especially thrilled about all the opportunities it presents to further our engagement with our audience and collaborate with many old and new community partners,” said Executive Director Kappy Kilburn.

The Human Race kicks off the season in September with Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson. In 1959, Billie Holiday, or “Lady Day” as she was called, performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly.  In Robertson’s award-winning play, Holiday engages the audience with salty, often humorous reminiscences of her troubled life as a travelling performer in a segregated south.  With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful, heart-wrenching and bawdy songs from her memorable canon including: “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “Taint Nobody’s Business If I Do.”

November brings us The Cake, a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter, the Supervising Producer and Writer of the hit NBC show This Is Us. Della makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband, Tim. Besides, she was just selected as a contestant on The Great American Bake-Off, so she has her hands full.  But when her best friend’s daughter comes home to North Carolina to get married, Della’s life gets turned upside down when she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life Della has to think for herself, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage.

Our March 2020 production celebrates Ohio-born journalist, social political activist and nationally recognized leader of the American feminist movement, Gloria Steinem, with the play by Emily Mann,Gloria: A Life, which recently ran Off-Broadway. Fifty years after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and advocating for others, her vision is as urgent as ever.   This richly detailed tapestry is about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time.  Gloria’s life’s work and belief in the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change offers us all a path forward in a way that only live theater can provide.

In the spring, playwright Lauren Gunderson brings us Sex in the City circa 1793 Paris with The Revolutionists. Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and big fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle all are committed to finding Equality for Women while trying to figure out what it means for a woman to be “revolutionary.” This grand and zany comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world without losing our heads.

In June we are Hollywood-bound with Matthew Lombardo’s comedy Looped, based on a real event that has been the subject of gossip for years – featuring the outspoken film legend, Tallulah Bankhead. Loopedtakes place in the summer of 1965, and the film legend shows up to redub – or loop – one line of dialogue for her last movie, Die! Die! My Darling!!  It should have taken 8 minutes, but an inebriated Tallulah, well known for her husky voice, outrageous personality and devastating wit,needed eight hours.  Why?  Find out as Bankhead’s outsized personality dominates the young, frustrated film editor who is “knocked for a loop” by the tempestuous stage and screen icon.

This five-show Loft season will be The Human Race’s 33rd season of professional theatre in the Miami Valley. Subscribers’ renewal packets will be available when they attend the upcoming show,Sylvia, April 25 – May 12, or they can call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630. Subscriber deadline for renewal is May 24. New subscription orders are available anytime, but will not be seated until the renewal process has completed.

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LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL
by Lanie Robertson
September 12 – 29, 2019

THE CAKE
by Bekah Brunstetter
October 31 – November 17, 2019

GLORIA: A LIFE
by Emily Mann
February 27 – March 15, 2020

THE REVOLUTIONISTS
by Lauren Gunderson
April 16 – May 3, 2020

LOOPED
by Matthew Lombardo
June 11 – 28, 2020

Renewal Options:

1.) Pick up renewal packets when you attend any performance of SYLVIA
2.) Call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630
3.) Visit the Schuster Center Box Office
4.) Wait for mailed packet – mailing date May 18

RENEWAL DEADLINE: May 24, 2019

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