Because 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.
Congratulations 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.
In accordance with the March 12, 2020 order from the Ohio Department of Health banning indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, the Dayton Playhouse is cancelling the performances of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER scheduled for Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15.
Patrons holding tickets for these performances may contact the box office to exchange their tickets for a future Playhouse performance or to request a refund. Patrons may also decline these options and the value of their tickets will be considered a donation to the Playhouse. Patrons desiring a letter of acknowledgement of such donation, should also contact the box office to make that request.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the auditions this week; we continue to be amazed by the energy and talent in our theatre community. Announcing the cast for the Dayton Playhouse’s final musical of the season, JEKYLL & HYDE:
- Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde – Tony Glass
- Lucy Harris – Kameron Jane
- Emma Carew – Elizabeth Morgan
- Sir Danvers Carew – Brian Laughlin
- Lady Beaconsfield – Molly Kuntz
- General Lord Glossop – Mark VanLuvender
- Bishop of Basingstoke – Tyler Smith
- Sir Archibald Proops – Bryan Schuck
- Simon Stride – Nick Boyer
- Gabriel John Utterson – Matthew Ebersbach
- Lady Savage – Tamar Fishbein
- Poole – John Wysong
- Bissett – Louis B. Hauff
- Nellie – Angela Riley
- Red Rat Girls/Ensemble – Sydney Edington, Shana Fishbein, Victoria Hoover, Megan Sinclair
- Ensemble – Stacey Brewer, Kathy Bryant, Avi Gilbert, Chava Gilbert, Benjamin Jones, Jamie Pavlofsky, Jackie Pfeifer, Annie Sayers, Abby Kinnebrew Smith
Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck, performances run May 1-17.
For more information visit www.wordpress.thedaytonplayhouse.com/
THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
Cast: Saul Caplan as Sheridan Whiteside, Shana Fishbein as Maggie Cutler, George Merusi as Bert Jefferson, Sydney Edington as Mrs. Preen, Matt Lindsay as Dr. Bradley, Jeff Christmas as Mr. Stanley, Susan Robert as Mrs. Stanley, Tina McPhearson as Harriet Stanley, Elisa Pacheco as June Stanley, Vaughn Foreit as Sandy, Jonathon North as Richard Stanley, Carly Laurette Risenhoover-Peterson as Lorraine Sheldon, Michael Hatcher as Beverly Carlton, Mark Diffenderfer as Banjo, Sean Mayo as John, Tamar Fishbein as Sarah, Janet Wasson as Mrs. McCutcheon, Jim Spencer as Prof. Metz & Todd Bryant, Brent Eresmon & John Wysong as Convicts, Radio Men & Officers, Etc.
A brilliantly witty madcap play which manages to combine the sophistication of great comedic literature, the frenetic energy of the silliest farce and a genuinely sweet heart into one of the most beloved comedies of the American theater. Filled with fascinating character roles and winking homage to the intellectual and popular culture of the 1930s, this play is both a great period piece and a timeless classic.
- Fri-Sat, March 6-7 at 8pm
- Sun, March 8 at 2pm
- Fri-Sat, March 13-14 at 8pm
- Sun, March 15 at 2pm
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