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Cast Announced for GLORIA: A LIFE at Human Race Theatre Company

HRTC_new logoThe cast includes:

  • Jennifer Johansen* as Gloria Steinem
  • Burgess Byrd*
  • Eileen Earnest
  • Sherman Fracher*
  • Jen Joplin*+
  • Andréa Morales*
  • Aurea Tomeski*
    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
    +Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.

Fifty years after Gloria Stienem began raising her voice and advocating for others, her vision is as urgent today as ever. Described simply as “History. Her Story. Our Story,” this richly detailed tapestry is both inspiring and remarkable. Gloria believes in the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change, and this new play offers us all a path forward in a way that only live theater can provide. We celebrate this award-winning journalist, social political activist, and nationally-recognized leader of the American feminist movement and Toledo, Ohio native.

Directed by Marya Spring Cordes, performances run Feb. 27-March 15.

For more information visit http://humanracetheatre.org/show/gloria-a-life/.

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THE CAKE Quick Review

THE CAKE presented by Human Race Theatre Company through Nov. 17. I attended the opening Sunday matinee. 

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Laurie Carter Rose as Della.

Ripped from the headlines, “Bakery owner refuses to make wedding cake for same sex couple.”

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Laurie Carter Rose as Della and Tim Lile as Tim.

That in a nut shell is the plot behind THE CAKE running at Human Race Theatre Company. While Bekah Brunstetter’s script does not take sides or bring any new arguments to the table, it does humanize the situation by making one of the brides-to-be a returning hometown girl and the daughter of a lifetime friend to the shop owner.

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Claire Kennedy as Jen and Candice Handy as Macy.

Laurie Carter Rose plays North Carolina bakery owner Della. Avoiding the pitfall of making her a caricature, Rose’s Della has a wise mind, a loving heart, and a great sense of humor. Jen, played solidly by Claire Kennedy, is the hometown girl pursuing the wedding of her dreams, which includes a cake baked by her late mother’s friend. Macy is Jen’s partner, an intelligent and opinionated writer from NYC. Actress Candice Handy gives Macy an external, semi-sweet calmness that belies, and at times fails, to contain her true thoughts. Two take make for a cute and believable couple. Rounding out the cast is Tim Lile in a fun turn as Della’s put-upon blue-collar husband Tim.

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Candice Handy as Macy and Claire Kennedy as Jen.

Director Greg Hellems brings the characters’ humanity to the forefront, allowing their beliefs to be part of who they are, but not their defining trait. The show is well-paced and emphasizes the humor which allows the audience to connect to each person as an individual.

Scenic designer Dan Gray’s excellent two-sided rotating set is dominated on one side by Della’s bakery with the opposing side split between Della and Tim’s flower-infused bedroom and Macy and Jen’s generically appointed hotel room. Jessica Pitcairn’s costume designs are spot on for each character and neither bride’s wedding gown could be any more perfect.

A charming and entertaining intermission-less production which reminds us that not all disagreements need to be settled in the court room.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

 

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THE CAKE Is a Sweet Treat With an Edge

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Featuring Laurie Carter Rose as Della. Publicity photo courtesy of Heather N. Powell.

The Human Race continues its Women of Influence season
with Bekah Brunstetter’s THE CAKE

(DAYTON, Ohio) Della Brady is the proud owner of Della’s Sweets, and she has been selected to compete on The Great American Baking Show. 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. Della’s husband, Tim, says she can’t possibly bake their wedding cake. But can she? Should she? For the first time in her life, Della is left to re-examine the beliefs she’s always held – and the foundations of her own marriage.

The Human Race Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Kevin Moore, knew right away that this play would be an essential addition to the Women of Influence season. He says, “I fell in love with this play. While the inspiration may be taken from current headlines about discrimination, the play is less about the politics and more about how we challenge our own beliefs for the people we love. That makes for great theatre!”

THE CAKE was written by Bekah Brunstetter, a writer and co-producer on the NBC smash-hit family drama This Is Us, and she packs this play full of hilarity and compassion as she offers a prism into four different experiences of the place where love, tradition, and family expectations collide. The principal role of Della was originated by Debra Jo Rupp (That 70s Show) in both the world premiere and Off-Broadway productions.

THE CAKE stars Laurie Carter Rose as Della, Tim Lile as Tim, Claire Kennedy as Jen, and Candice Handy as Macy, and is directed by Greg Hellems.

The preview performance of THE CAKE is October 31; opening night is November 1. Both performances begin at 8 PM.

This production is sponsored by Marion’s Piazza, Ashley’s Pastry Shop, Sue Spiegel and Lisa Hanauer, Heather Bailey and Frank Scenna, Della’s Baking Class Sponsorship Club, and Anonymous Friends.

All season long, The Human Race Theatre Company is partnering with The Neon for the “Women of Influence in the Movies” series. Join us at The Neon on Monday November 4 at 7:30 pm for Saving Face. Wil is a lesbian, but she dare not tell her widowed mother or very traditional grandparents. She’s shocked to find out she’s not the only one in her family with romantic secrets when she learns her 48-year-old mother is pregnant and has just been kicked out of the family home.

PERFORMANCE AND SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION

Tickets for THE CAKE start at $16. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Student tickets are available at 50% off regular adult prices and a student I.D. must be presented when picking up at the Box Office. The November 3 7:00 p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday,” when any available seat can be purchased in person for just $10 at the Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. Discounts are subject to availability and some restrictions apply.

All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Show times for THE CAKE are 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday matinees.

Tickets and performance information for THE CAKE are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

Box office hours: Tuesday – Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Schuster Center; and two hours prior to each performance in the Loft Lobby. Ticket prices start at: $37 for adults, $34 for seniors and $19.50 for students. Prices vary depending on performance date.

Discounts: Select side-area seats available for $28 at all performances; “Sawbuck Sunday” November 3 at 7:00 p.m. – $10 seats available for walk up sales only.

Student Discounts: All adult priced tickets are discounted at 50% for students. *A student I.D. must be presented at the box office.

Military Discount: U.S. Military members (active duty & retired) can receive 50% off a Full Priced Adult Ticket with Military ID. *Limit 2 per performance.

Group sales: contact Betty Gould at (937) 461-8295 or Betty.Gould@victoriatheatre.com

The Cake performance dates:

  • Wednesday, October 30 8:00 p.m. Pay-What-You-CAN open rehearsal
  • Thursday, October 31 8:00 p.m. “Inside Track” pre-show discussion/Preview performance
  • Friday, November 1 8:00 p.m. Opening night with post-show lobby party
  • Saturday, November 2 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3 7:00 p.m. “Sawbuck Sunday” – $10 tickets at the door
  • Tuesday, November 5 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 7 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 10 2:00 p.m. “While We’re on the Subject” post-show talk-back
  • Tuesday, November 12 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13 13 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 15 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 17 2:00 p.m. Closing performance

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2019-2020 marks the 33rd season for The Human Race Theatre Company, “Dayton’s Official Professional Theatre Company.” Founded in 1986, The Human Race moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence in its current home, the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces new works development and special event programming. Under the direction of Executive Director Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore, Artistic Director, the company also maintains outreach programs, as well as artist residencies in area schools and a summer youth program. Human Race organizational support is provided by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Culture Works, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2019-2020 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, Morris Home, and the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation. The 2019-2020 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation. The Women of Influence season sponsor is the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.

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HRTC Reads Wartime Drama IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER for Veterans’ Day

HRTC_new logoThe Human Race presents this intimate look at correspondence from combatants on Monday, November 11

(DAYTON, Ohio) On Veterans’ Day this year, The Human Race Theatre Company will present a staged reading of a new play, If All The Sky Were Paper, by Andrew Carroll. It’s a meaningful piece of timing, because the play is based on letters sent home by soldiers dating from to the American Revolution to modern day emails from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a powerful look at war and its effect on the people serving and their families at home.

The playwright, Andrew Carroll, is the Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. It all started when his cousin sent Andrew a letter he uncovered in storage that the cousin had written and sent home during WWII after having visited a concentration camp. Since then, Andrew has collected hundreds of thousands more, mostly the original letters, that share pieces of history in their observations. To learn more about the Center for American War Letters, visit their website at https://www.chapman.edu/research/institutes-and-centers/cawl.

If All The Sky Were Paper is the first in a series of three play readings The Human Race Theatre Company will present this year. Additional readings will follow in March and April of 2020; titles are yet to be announced.

PERFORMANCE AND EVENT INFORMATION

Tickets for If All the Sky Were Paper start at $20. Prior to the event, subscribers to The Human Race Theatre may pay $15 per ticket; the day of the event, all tickets are $20. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

The performance is at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The show will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets and performance information are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

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2019-2020 marks the 33rd season for The Human Race Theatre Company, “Dayton’s Official Professional Theatre Company.” Founded in 1986, The Human Race moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence in its current home, the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces new works development and special event programming. Under the direction of Executive Director Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore, Artistic Director, the company also maintains outreach programs, as well as artist residencies in area schools and a summer youth program. Human Race organizational support is provided by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Culture Works, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2019-2020 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, Morris Home, and the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation. The 2019-2020 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation. The Women of Influence season sponsor is the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.

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THE CAKE Runs Oct. 31-Nov. 17

HRTC_ TheCakeCompositeWithShowTitleTHE CAKE
Human Race Theatre Company
Oct. 31-Nov. 17
The Loft Theater [Dayton]

Directed by Greg Hellems

Della Brady is the proud owner of Della’s Sweets, and she has been selected to compete on The Great American Baking Show. 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. Della’s husband, Tim, says she can’t possibly bake their wedding cake. But can she? Should 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. This show is rated PG-16. Contains adult language and situations, and brief nudity. Discretion is advised.

This deliciously funny and emotional play is written by Bekah Brunstetter, the Supervising Producer of the hit NBC show, This Is Us.

  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 3 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 5-6 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 7-9 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 10 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 12-13 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, No.v 14-16 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 17 at 2pm

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