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DEADLINE Runs Nov. 3-20

HRTC_Deadline LogoDEADLINE
Human Race Theatre Company
Nov. 3-20
Loft Theatre [Dayton]

Directed by Jason Podplesky

Playwrights Don and Mara are hired to finish a famous mystery writer’s last play following his mysterious death, shortly before its Broadway opening. The play takes place on a yacht, where an estranged family has been called together for the reading of their mother’s will. As Don and Mara delve deeper into the writing process, they suddenly find themselves literally sucked into the play, trapped in the very world they are trying to complete, where solving the mystery becomes a matter of life and death. Deadline is a bit of CLUE, and a bit of KNIVES OUT, and a lot of fun!

  • In preview Thu, Nov. 3 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 4-5 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 8-9 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 10-12 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 13 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 15-16 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 17-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 20 at 2pm

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Powerful and Timely Drama Reflects on the Costs of War

HRTC_Grounded promoThe Human Race Theatre Company opens the season with a play by Cleveland-based playwright George Brant – Grounded – playing September 8-25, 2022 at the Loft Theatre.  This gripping one-woman drama finds a fighter pilot caught between duty to her country and motherhood.

The Pilot, a hot-shot F16 top gun, finds herself grounded when an unexpected pregnancy stalls her flying career.  She reups with the Air Force in the hopes of once again flying her “Tiger,” but finds herself reassigned to a bunker outside Las Vegas. The Pilot struggles through dreamlike 12-hour shifts hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, leading her into a downward spiral. The lines crumble between home and professional worlds, and a mistake on the job might just cost her everything.

This production marks The Human Race Theatre Company directorial debut of new Artistic Director Emily N. Wells. “This piece has been fascinating to me since it premiered in New York nearly a decade ago, and even more so after I became a parent,” she comments. “The pilot’s struggle to balance her duty to country and motherhood makes a profound internal conflict. Her ability to exercise control hangs in the balance,” Wells continues. The team has spent time researching women in the United States Air Force and pilot training with community partners including Sinclair Community College, National Museum of the United State Air Force, and retired officers living in the Dayton area.

The role of The Pilot will be played by extraordinary Cincinnati-based actor and playwright Maggie Lou Rader, who audiences will remember from last season as Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists. “Maggie brings a grounded empathy for her characters that resonates powerfully on stage.

Joining director Emily Wells on the Grounded creative team is:  D. Tristan Cupp and Jeff Heater, Scenic Realizer;  John Rensel, Lighting Designer;  Lianne Arnold, Projection Designer; Jay Brunner, Sound Designer; Production Stage Manager, Mark Tynan; and Andrew Ian Adams, Production Assistant. The team has spent time researching women in the United States Air Force and pilot training with the support of community partners including Sinclair Community College, National Museum of the United States Air Force, and retired officers living in the Dayton area.

Grounded will play at the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton, September 8-25, 2022.  Tickets are on sale through the Dayton Live box office, 937-228-3630, or online at www.daytonlive.org/events/grounded/.  More details about the show can be found at www.humanracetheatre.org.

Special performances:  

  • Pay What You CAN – Wed. September 7 at 8 pm – Non-perishable food donations will benefit The Foodbank. All cash donations will go to American Legion POST 644, the first AL POST for women veterans.
  • Inside Track – Thurs., September 8 at 8pm – preshow discussion at 7:10
  • Sawbuck Sunday – Sun. September 11 at 7 pm – $10 tickets available 5:30pm at the  door
  • While We’re On The Subject – Sun. September 18 at 2pm – Audience Discussion follows performance

The Human Race expresses its gratitude for the public and private support which makes these productions possible including  Culture Works, Montgomery County, Ohio Arts Council, The Shubert Foundation, and the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund.

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GROUNDED Runs Sept. 8-25

HRTC_Grounded logoGROUNDED
Human Race Theatre Company
Sept. 8-25
The Loft Theatre [Dayton]

GROUNDED tells the story of a hot-shot F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. After maternity leave, she is reassigned as a reluctant operator of remotely piloted aircraft in the Middle East. From an air-conditioned trailer in the desert near Vegas, the Pilot struggles through dreamlike 12-hour shifts hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, leading her into a downward spiral. It’s a frightening reflection on war and the controversial wartime use of drones, and demonstrates the psychological effects experienced by a human who has the power of a wrathful deity. Ages 18 and up.

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 8-10 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 11 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Sept. 13-14 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 15-17 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 18 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, Sept. 20-21 at 7pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 22-24 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 25 at 2pm

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A Farewell Note from Kevin Moore

HRTC_Kevin Moore Farewell-From Human Race Theatre Company

How do you sum up 36 years of your life? Not just career, but life. Because the lines between the two have always been blurry. Theatre was my life. Our lives. Scott included. Because theatre has been the majority of our lives for the past 36 years. Even more if we include before The Human Race. But, for the sake of sanity, let’s stick with just The Human Race.

If you like numbers, here are a few that sum up our 35 seasons:

  • There have been 355 productions/programs/workshops.
  • I have directed 65 of those.
  • I have performed in 22 of those. Scott has performed in 92.

I can’t even begin to think about how many artists have rehearsed/performed, directed, designed, been traveled, housed & fed, built, sewed, recorded, lighted, composed, wrote, painted, fabricated and struck. And I have had the great pleasure of engaging with each and every one of them at some point, and that has been a major perk of the job. How can you not be inspired every day when you are surrounded by that much creativity?

I have been blessed to be able to do a job that I have loved. I am thankful to so many who made it possible by first, having faith in me and then supporting me.

In 1979, Marsha Hanna, Scott Stoney, and myself founded Illumination Theatre – our first attempt at establishing a professional theatre company in Dayton. In 1982, we met Suzy Bassani, and Illumination Theatre provided the first Muse Machine program to the schools – and continued for four years until Suzy started The Human Race. It was an interesting path, but all good things seem to happen that way.
While in the midst of it all, there is rarely time to look back and see what you have accomplished. Oddly, the pandemic offered that time to reflect and feel proud of the work we have done, the challenges we have surpassed, and the people we have affected. And with the company currently stronger than ever, I can’t imagine a better legacy. And I know the company is in very good hands with Kappy Kilburn, Tara Lail, and your new Artistic Director, Emily N. Wells.

I look forward to seeing you again at the Loft Theatre next season, but just as an audience member for now. No curtain speeches. No “put your phones in pleasure mode.” Just another person ready to be entertained, challenged, uplifted and moved. That is always to be expected at The Human Race Theatre Company.

Thank you!HRTC_Kevin

Click here to view images from Kevin’s Farewell Celebration

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Remaining Performances of MY 80 YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND Cancelled at Human Race Theatre Company

HRTC_My 80yo Boyfriend2From Human Race Theatre Company’s Facebook page:

Due to an injury, all further performances of My 80 Year-Old Boyfriend have been cancelled (June 26 – July 3, 2022). The board and staff of The Human Race Theatre Company wish Charissa a swift and full recovery.

We hope that we are able to bring Charissa and this celebrated production back so that our audiences can experience anew her story of unlikely friendship with Milton.

For those who held tickets for the remaining performances, please contact Dayton Live 937-228-3630 for a refund or to make a tax-deductible donation. 

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