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2022-2023 Season Announced by Theatre Lab Dayton

TLD_logoTheatre Lab Dayton (formerly Dare to Defy Productions) is thrilled to announce our 2022-2023 Season!

SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
By Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim
October 2022

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.
*Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Dec 2022*

By Grace McLean
January 2023

As a young girl, medieval saint, healer, visionary, exorcist, and composer Hildegard von Bingen was locked in a cloister’s cell after demonstrating a preterenatural sensitivity to the world around her. Sequestered with Hildegard is Jutta, a woman who has spent her life secluded in an effort to recover a whole self after deepest trauma. Under Jutta’s guidance, Hildegard attempts to reassemble her own fragmented self while her mentor proselytizes a rejection of brokenness.
*IN THE GREEN is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

By John Cameron Mitchell
January 2023

Tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.”
*HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. www.broadwaylicensing.com

By Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
March 2023

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
*URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

By Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon
May 2023

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
*THE SECRET GARDEN is presented by arrangement with CONCORD THEATRICALS. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Auditions Announced for COMPANY at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoAuditions are open for COMPANY

Nov 17 &18 from 6-7pm
D2D is also accepting video submissions at auditions@dare2defy.org.

Please prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a similar style. Callbacks will happen directly after auditions on both nights and will include a movement call.

SIGN UP HERE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DADAD2CA4F5C61-company

Directed by Mackensie King

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

Performance dates: March 16-19th 2022 the PNC Arts Annex
Rehearsals begin: February 7th 2022 (Mon-Thu 7-10 pm)
Paid, contracted positions.

Company Character Descriptions:
Actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities and abilities are encouraged to audition.

  • Robert – The story’s protagonist, he is a keen observer who appears happy but holds pain in his heart. He is the only one of his friends still single. Terrified of marriage and fears a lifelong loneliness. 30-35
  • Sarah – Harry’s hypercritical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and full of love. 30-40
  • Harry – Sarah’s husband. He is a recovering alcoholic continually falling off the wagon. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages. 35-45
  • Susan – A delicate southern belle. Peter’s wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections towards Robert. 30-40
  • Peter – Susan’s husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships. 30-40
  • Jenny – Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time. 30-40
  • David- The role of David has been cast**
  • Amy – A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate. 25-35
  • Paul – Amy’s fiancé. Mildly clingy, but patient to her neurotic nature. He is fully committed to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same. 25-35
  • Joanne – Acerbic, demanding, and blunt. Too old to be part of the young crowd, but not old enough to be part of the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband. 40-50
  • Larry – Joanne’s husband. He is stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife’s behavior but knows when to put his foot down. 45-55
  • Marta – A girlfriend of Robert’s. Intensely modern, who is seeking adventure and excitement in the City. 20-30
  • Kathy – An old girlfriend of Robert’s, who is now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving. 25-35
  • April – A girlfriend of Robert’s. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable. 25-35

** All cast and crew must be vaccinated prior to the first rehearsal! **

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CABARET Runs Oct. 13-16

D2D_Cabaret promoCABARET
Dare to Defy Productions
Oct. 13-16
PNC Arts Annex [Dayton]

Cast: Alex Everett as Emcee, Charity Farrell as Sally Bowles, Garrett Young as Cliff Bradshaw, Joshua Stucky as Fraulein Schneider, Saul Caplan as Herr Schultz, Steven Lasiter as Ernst Ludwig & Amy Askins as Fraulein Kost
Kit Kat Ensemble:  William Boatwright, Naman Clark, Courtney Collinsworth, Kiersten Farmer, Abbey Grace, Lindsey Morrison, Anna Stanford, Caroline Thompson & Scott Winters

On his first night in Berlin, Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer, wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and a whirlwind romance ensues. Daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

9/14/21 Covid-19 Policy: The D2D Staff/ Board recently met to discuss the rising cases of Covid in the Dayton area. It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our actors, crew and staff, as well as our audience. Recent updates from the CDC recommend that all people begin wearing masks indoors in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates, so we will be requiring masks for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. All actors, staff and crew (over 12 years of age) are required to be fully vaccinated prior to our first rehearsals, and will be unmasked during the duration of the performance.
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Wed-Thu, Oct. 13-14 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 16 at 2pm & 8pm

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BACK 2 THE 80S, a Totally Tubular Cabaret Runs Aug. 27-28

D2D_Back to the 80s logoBACK 2 THE 80S, a Totally Tubular Cabaret
Dare to Defy Productions
Aug. 27-28
Baum Opera House [Miamisburg]

Cast: Abbey Stamper, Allie Haines, Allison Rogers, Angie Thacker, Brennan Paulin, Callie Hayes, Cole Schreier, Courtney Collinsworth, Ella Kosins, Emma Rose Myers, Eric Pettit, Grace Rooney, Haley Hemmelgarn, Isabella Spary, Joel Wydman, Kassidy Carter, Layla Olich, Mackensie King, Morgan Tracy, Naman Clark, Neve Barker, Philip Drennen, Raef Norgaard, Regin Potter, Rey Howe, Roney Pena, Samantha Conradi & Sophia Rapson

Join us at a Totally Tubular 80s Cabaret! Immerse yourself in an awesome blast to the past!! This performance is a true celebration of 80s music, fashion and dance performed by an incredible group of singers, dancers, actors and musicians.

Every patron who comes dressed in 80s attire will receive a photo op with the cast following the show and will be entered into a drawing for an 80s themed gift basket and a $50 Visa Gift Card. One winner will be drawn  and the prize awarded the evening of each performance.

We have a limited number of VIP tickets which will get you a reserved parking spot, one free drink, front row (or early choice seating) and an opportunity to make a dedication to someone (we will record it for you!).

If you are purchasing 10 or more tickets send an e-mail to norgaard@dare2defy.org for group ticket pricing.

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 27-28 at 8pm

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Cast Announced for CABARET at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoDare to Defy Productions is excited to announce the cast of CABARET! Tickets go on sale JULY 30th, so don’t wait- grab them while you can.


  • Emcee – Alex Everett
  • Sally Bowles – Charity Farrell
  • Cliff Bradshaw – Garrett Young
  • Fraulein Schneider – Joshua Stucky
  • Herr Schultz – Saul Caplan
  • Ernst Ludwig – Steven Lasiter
  • Fraulein Kost – Amy Askins


  • William Boatwright
  • Naman Clark
  • Courtney Collinsworth
  • Kiersten Farmer
  • Abbey Grace
  • Lindsey Morrison
  • Anna Stanford
  • Caroline Thompson
  • Scott Winters

Performances run Oct. 13-16 at The PNC Arts Annex.

For more information visit www.dare2defy.org.

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