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Cast Announced for Virtual ONE CHRISTMAS EVE AT EVERGREEN MALL at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoWho is ready for some theatre????

We are honored and excited that we get to start rehearsals for ONE CHRISTMAS EVE AT EVERGREEN MALL – with this stellar cast!

This will be available on the Dayton Playhouse YouTube channel in time for the Holidays! Stay tuned for more details!
Please join us in congratulating the following:
  • Bell Ringer – Cathy Long
  • Darla – Becky Howard
  • Robert – Adonis Lemke
  • Lacey – Annie Sayer
  • Todd – Samuel Hamilton
  • Jenny – Jenna Gomes
  • Stephen – Ron Maurer
  • Erin – Lynn Vanderpool
  • Andy – Mark Sharp
  • Taylor – Sarah Gomes
  • RJ – Michael Fisher
  • Terry – Matt Poliachik
  • Abbie – Jenny Westfall
  • JoEllen – Amy Askins
  • Robin – Lynn Jensen
  • Molly – Alicia Walton
  • Matthew – Dakota Pricer
  • Felicia – Cynthia Schindler
  • Linda – Janet Wasson
  • Gerald – Sean Mayo
  • Ellie – Chloe Chicarelli

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Auditions Announced for ONE CHRISTMAS EVE AT EVERGREEN MALL at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoThe Dayton Playhouse is producing ONE CHRISTMAS EVE AT EVERGREEN MALL, a poignant look at the Christmas season through the eyes of several shoppers at a midwestern mall on the last shopping day of the season.

Director Brian Sharp is looking for actors to perform the show in small groups which will be filmed and edited and then available on the Dayton Playhouse YouTube channel for viewing.

Auditions are at the Dayton Playhouse Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13 by appointment only. Actors can sign up for an audition via SignUp Genius. Auditioners can also be assured all mandated safety protocols are being maintained at the theater.

About the Show
ONE CHRISTMAS EVE AT EVERGREEN MALL, by Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil, is actually a series of nine short plays and features a diverse cast of characters from a love-sick Santa to an over-eager mall security guard. One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall wraps the delights and burdens of the holiday season into one merry package. One reviewer said, “One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall is charming throughout, and offers a number of both lovely and fun moments. It provides a feel-good holiday experience that may leave you with some fond memories.”

The director will conduct cold readings from the script and is looking for the following:

13 Females:

  • 4 – in the 40s
  • 4 – in the 30s
  • 3 – in the 20s
  • 2 – late teens 16-19

8 Males:

  • 1 – in the 40s plus
  • 4 – in the 30s
  • 2 – in the 20s
  • 1 – in the late teens 16-19

Any questions should be directed to the director at brianpsharp@hotmail.com

The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45414 in the Wegerzyn MetroPark. The Dayton Playhouse is a community theater providing outstanding theatrical productions to Miami Valley audiences of all ages for more than 50 years. The Playhouse is nationally recognized for FutureFest, an annual festival of new plays.

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Schedule Announced for FUTUREFEST 2020 at Dayton Playhouse on July 17-Aug. 6

DPH_logoDayton Playhouse’s alternative programming for FutureFest 2020 will follow the schedule listed below:

Streamed Readings

A Ghost of a Chance, by Kimberly Shimer will be available from July 17 through July 23
A talk-back with the the Author is planned for Sunday July 19 at 2 PM
Directed by Annie Pesch

Cast: Jackie Pfeifer as Evelyn Schaffer, Andrew Ian Adams as Sidney, Dave Nickel as Harry Schaffer, Carly Laurette Risenhoover-Peterson as Jenny Cuthbert, Richard Young as Dave Roseberry, Fran Pesch as Ann Jameson, Brad Bishop as WARL Announcer & Becky Milligan as Female TV Announcer/Stage Directions

The afterlife story of Evelyn, a nitpicky, obsessive, know-it-all whom, after dying, finds she can’t make it to her final resting place until she reconciles with her husband Harry. Unfortunately, because she made Harry miserable for most of their 30+ years of marriage, he’s not particularly inclined to make nice with her ghost when she pays him a visit.

The Good Deli, by Kevin Cirone will be available from July 24 through July 30
A talk-back with the author is planned for Sunday July 26 at 2 PM
Directed by Debra Kent

Cast: JULIA (JULES): Kayla Graham as Julia (Jules), Saul Caplan as Wilford, Cheryl Mellen as Dana, Jeff Sams as Max, Jared Mola as Peter, Kelli Locker as Leila & Cassandra Engber as Narrator

After visiting her estranged and ailing father in the hospital during serious health complications, a Boston comedian decides to take a road trip with her family to find the Italian deli of her father’s youth.

Before Lesbians, by Elana Gartner will be available from July 31 through August 6
A talk-back with the author is planned for Sunday August 2 at 2 PM.
Directed by Kim Warrick:

Cast: Aaron Gouge as James, Adee McFarland as Charlotte, Adonis Lemke as Henry & Shanna Camacho as Vivian

When Charlotte and Vivian meet at the courthouse in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, they are about to marry their fiancés who are leaving to fight for President Lincoln. After their husbands leave for war, Charlotte and Vivian develop a friendship through letters and visits and suddenly find themselves struggling with their growing romantic and confusing feelings for one another. In an era where women were not recognized as sexual beings and when words did not exist for women falling in love, this play represents the many women who changed history when they found love in each other during the Civil War.

Tickets for the streaming presentations will be available starting June 22. Individual productions will cost $10, and a package of all three will cost $25. Ticket buyers will receive an access link via-email in advance of each week.

The Playhouse will also be making a series of three Playwright Dialogues available on the Dayton Playhouse YouTube Channel beginning June 23. Each Playwright Dialogue features two of the FutureFest finalists in conversation about their plays, inspirations, and themes in their work. The author pairings are:

  • William Cameron and Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
  • Shanti Reinhardt and Elana Gartner
  • Kimberly Shimer and Kevin Cirone

Each session is hosted by Dayton Playhouse Board Chair Matt Lindsay and is about 30 minutes long. These will be available to view for free.

Don’t miss out on the FutureFest 2020 commemorative t-shirt, on sale until July 5 through our web site. Shipping to your home included in the $19 price.

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FUTUREFEST Play Festival To Be Streamed at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoBecause of the continuing coronavirus issues, the Dayton Playhouse has decided to reformat this year’s FutureFest. The Dayton Playhouse is planning to produce readings of three of the six scripts to be streamed online, along with live talkbacks with those finalist playwrights. In addition, there will be a series of three Playwright Dialogues with all six playwrights, interviewed by Board Chair Matt Lindsay. There will be no adjudication of the shows this year and no winner selected.

Streamed plays are:

A Ghost of a Chance by Kimberly Shimer, directed by Annie Pesch. The afterlife story of Evelyn, a nitpicky, obsessive, know-it-all whom, after dying, finds she can’t make it to her final resting place until she reconciles with her husband Harry. Unfortunately, because she made Harry miserable for most of their 30-plus years of marriage, he’s not particularly inclined to make nice with her ghost when she pays him a visit.

Before Lesbians by Elana Gartner, directed by Kim Warrick. When Charlotte and Vivian meet at the courthouse in Shippensburg, PA, they are about to marry their fiancés who are leaving to fight for President Lincoln. After their husbands leave for war, Charlotte and Vivian develop a friendship through letters and visits and suddenly find themselves struggling with their growing romantic and confusing feelings for one another.

The Good Deli by Kevin Cirone, directed by Debra Kent. After visiting her estranged and ailing father in the hospital during serious health complications, a Boston comedian decides to take a road trip with her family to find the Italian deli of her father’s youth.

While the Dayton Playhouse is in the planning stages, their hope is that each play is available to watch for one week. Ticket prices and availability will be announced by June 19.

The Playhouse is also selling FutureFest t-shirts to commemorate this summer’s plays. T-shirt prices are $19. Go to www.daytonplayhouse.com to see this year’s unique design! You must order your t-shirt by June 27.

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FutureFest 2020 Finalists Announced by Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoCongratulations to the FutureFest 2020 Finalists

  • A GHOST OF A CHANCE – Kimberly Shimer
  • BEFORE LESBIANS – Elana Gartner
  • OTIS – Shanti Reinhardt
  • THE GOOD DELI – Kevin Cirone
  • THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS – Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
  • TRUTH BE TOLD – William Cameron

Out of an abundance of concern for the health and safety of our artists, volunteers and patrons related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person FutureFest event scheduled for July 17-19, 2020 has been cancelled.

Stay tuned for more information about alternative programming for July from The Dayton Playhouse. In the meantime, we hope you are well and in good spirits.

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