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Film and Theatre Collide as The Human Race and The Neon Present WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN THE MOVIES

HRTC_new logo(DAYTON, Ohio) In honor of the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment,
The Human Race Theatre Company’s season-long theme is “Women of Influence: Their
Power, Passion, and Pitfalls.” In that spirit, they’ve partnered with The Neon for a companion film series, “Women of Influence in the Movies.” Each of The Human Race’s five mainstage productions will be paired with a thematically-related film, shown at The Neon on a Monday evening during the production’s run.

To accompany Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The Neon presents a pair of short films featuring performances by Billie Holiday herself. During the run of The Cake, The Neon will screen Saving Face, a story of a Chinese-American family that echoes The Cake’s themes of LGBTQ issues and intergenerational tensions. Presented alongside Gloria: A Life will be 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement, a brand-new documentary by Dayton’s own Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar about the convergence of women’s and labor rights in the 1970s. Accompanying The Revolutionists is the story of a different kind of female French revolutionary: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a tribute to the pioneering director and studio executive who helped shape the craft of cinema in its infancy. Finally, paired with Looped, The Neon will show Die! Die! My Darling, the film Tallulah Bankhead stars in (and struggles with) during the events of
Looped.

This collaboration was curated by Jonathan McNeal and Susan Strong, and is sponsored by PNC.

Mr. McNeal said of the project, “Curating a film series is one of my favorite things, so I jumped at the opportunity to assemble a line-up to collaborate with The Human Race. With old films, one of the most challenging aspects is determining who owns the copyrights. There are only five films in the line-up, but it took more than a hundred phone calls and emails to secure the rights. I’m very pleased with the final list, and I think each film comments on its corresponding show in an interesting way.”

Individual tickets to the films are $8, or a series pass is available for $30. Tickets and passes are available at neonmovies.com. Read more about The Human Race Theatre Company’s season at humanracetheatre.org.

EVENT INFORMATION
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm: New Orleans and Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life. With guest speaker David Greer.

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm: Saving Face. With guest speaker Dr. Nicole Richter.

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm: 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement. Guest speaker TBA.

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Guest speaker TBA.

Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm: Die! Die! My Darling. Guest Speaker TBA.

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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, the Schueler Group, 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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Take a Trip Back in Time to the Final Days of One of Jazz’s Brightest Stars: Billie Holiday

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Tanesha Gary as Billie Holiday. Photo by Heather N. Powell.

The Human Race kicks off its 33rd season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL by Lanie Robertson, running September 12-29

(DAYTON, Ohio) 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.”

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL is directed by HRTC Founding Resident Artist Scott Stoney, who says about the show, “What I think is most interesting about this show is Billie herself. We don’t usually think of her as an activist, but she was an activist by virtue of her own personal experiences, how she was faced by racial injustices every step of her career, even as she was revered by the arts community. … I was particularly excited to direct this show because I knew I had the perfect Billie. [In 2011] I directed Caroline, or Change [at HRTC] and met Tanesha Gary, and when this show was mentioned to me, I knew she had to play Billie.”

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL stars Tanesha Gary as Billie Holiday and features a local jazz trio (Keigo Hirakawa, Deron B. Bell Sr, and Eddie Brookshire) as her backing band.

The preview performance of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL is September 12; opening night is September 13. Both performances begin at 8 PM.

This production is sponsored by Beth and Alan Schaeffer, David and Dulie Greer, Marsha and Alan Pippenger, and the Billie Holiday Fan Club.

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 September 23 at 7:30 pm for a double bill of New Orleans, in which a gambling hall owner entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, and the newly restored short film Symphony in Black, in which Billie Holiday makes her screen debut as Duke Ellington plays his symphonic jazz piece. Tickets are $8 each or $30 for a series pass, available at neonmovies.com.

PERFORMANCE AND SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION

Tickets for LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL 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 September 15th 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 LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL 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 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill 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, the Schueler Group, 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.

The Human Race Theatre Company presents
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL By Lanie Roberston

Directed by Scott Stoney
Music directed by Deron B. Bell Sr.

September 12-29, 2019

Performed at the Loft Theatre Metropolitan Arts Center
126 North Main Street (between First and Second streets)
Dayton, Ohio 45402

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.”

For tickets: Ticket Center Stage box office phone: (937) 228-3630 or visit www.humanracetheatre.org or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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 $16 and $28 at all performances; “Sawbuck Sunday” September 15 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

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL performance dates:

  • Wednesday, September 11 8:00 p.m. Pay-What-You-CAN open rehearsal
  • Thursday, September 12 8:00 p.m. “Inside Track” pre-show discussion/Preview performance
  • Friday, September 13 8:00 p.m. Opening night with post-show lobby party
  • Saturday, September 14 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 15 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 15 7:00 p.m. “Sawbuck Sunday” – $10 tickets at the door
  • Tuesday, September 17 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 18 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 21 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 22 2:00 p.m. “While We’re on the Subject” post-show talk-back
  • Tuesday, September 24 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25 13 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 27 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 28 16 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 29 2:00 p.m. Closing performance

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LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL Runs Sept. 12-29

HRTC_Lady Day logoLADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL
Human Race Theatre Company
Sept. 12-29
The Loft Theatre [Dayton]

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.”

  • In preview Thu, Sept. 12 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 13-14 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 15 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Sept. 17-18 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 19-21 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 22 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, Sept. 24-25 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 26-28 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 2pm

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The Fascinating Story of Lizzie Borden Has Captured Out Attention for Well Over a Century. See Why with LIZZIE!

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Cast of LIZZIE!: Leslie Goddard, Michaella Waickman, Rachel Mary Green, Deánna Giulietit & Natalie Bird. Publicity photos courtesy of Scott J Kimmins.

LIZZIE, with music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner, book by Tim Maner concludes The Human Race’s 32nd Season, June 13-30, 2019 at the Loft Theatre

“I first experienced LIZZIE in 2010 at a Festival of New Musicals in NYC,” said Human Race Artistic Director, Kevin Moore, “and I fell in love with it. But at the time, thought it might be too aggressive for Dayton. I am so pleased that our audience has grown and become much more accepting, which is why we excitedly put it on the season. While it has played a few theaters in the US, and had European productions in Denmark and London, it will finally get its New York Off-Broadway production in August.  But before that, we will have the regional premiere right here in Dayton!” 

(Dayton, Ohio) Lizzie Borden took an ax…” And we know what happened next. Or do we? Lizzie is a powerhouse rock-show retelling of the sensational – and bloody – double murder that shocked New England in the summer of 1892, as told through the fierce performances of four stellar actresses. What starts as the abuse and despair of a troubled woman results in a shocking act of revenge when she takes a hatchet to her oppressive father and stepmother. Charged with the killing of her parents, Lizzie becomes a media sensation even as the trial takes its toll on the relationships with those dearest to her. 

Lizzie is rated PG-15. Parents are strongly cautioned as this show contains strong language and references to abuse, murder and sexual situations. 

Lizzie will be Jamie Cordes’ (Director) directing debut at HRTC but he has long been a Resident Artist. Resident Artist Jay Brunner (Music Director) and Choreographer Katie Johannigman join the team. 

The preview performance of Lizzie is Thursday, June 13th. Opening night is Friday, June 14th. 

The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of Lizzie is sponsored by R. Doug Annala, Marni Flagel and Kurt Fleagle & Warren Riffle. 

Performance and special event information
Tickets for Lizzie start at $14. 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 Sunday, June 16 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 Lizzie 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 Lizzie 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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2018-2019 marks the 32nd 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 Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation, 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 2018-2019 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, and Morris Home. The 2018-2019 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation.

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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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