MAME, BUYER & CELLAR and More Set for Human Race Theatre's 2014-15 Season
The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton's only professional regional theatre company, launches its 28th season next September with a richly diverse 6-play combination of productions on its Eichelberger Loft Series. "Selecting the season is one of the hardest, yet most exciting parts of my job," says Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore. "Thanks to a wonderful committee of readers, I am able to hand select just the right shows for our audience. It's a season for everyone, with something old and something new; something funny, and something blue."
The 2014-2015 season includes Miracle on South Division Street, a wholly divine intervention; Mame, a larger-than-life laugh riot; the world premiere of Family Shots, a still life in motion; Taking Shakespeare, a lesson in self-discovery; and Crowns, a celebration of spirit; as well as a special added production of the current Off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar, a diva lover's delight.
The six plays perform in The Loft Theatre, The Human Race's intimate 212-seat downtown performance space, located in the Metropolitan Arts Center at 126 North Main Street. The plays are scheduled for three-week runs and musicals are scheduled for four-weeks, with a number of associated special events: a Thursday night preview performance, preceded by the "Inside Track" discussion with the director; Friday Opening Night with a free post-show party with the cast in The Loft Lobby; Lite Fare at The Loft, a Tuesday night pre-show dining in The Loft Lobby, with food items provided by Citilites Restaurant; a "While We're on the Subject" talkback following a Sunday matinee; and a Saturday night signed and audio-described performance opportunity.
THE 2014-2015 EICHELBERGER LOFT SERIES SEASON LINEUP
Miracle on South Division Street
by Tom Dudzick
September 4 - 21, 2014
60 years ago, Grandpa Nowak had a vision of the Virgin Mary in his Buffalo, New York barbershop and had an unusual statue of her made to commemorate the miracle. For decades, his family has faithfully tended to his quirky shrine-a source of hope and inspiration in an otherwise run-down part of town. That is until a deathbed confession knocks them for a loop in this hilarious hit comedy that proves when it comes to local legends, there's more than meets the eye.
Mame Dennis is a free-wheeling eccentric without a care until she becomes the guardian of her ten-year-old nephew, Patrick. Now it's up to her to open new windows and show the boy worlds he never knew existed. Through the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression, Mame teaches Patrick how to "live, live, live"-whether he's willing or not. It's the dazzling Broadway musical that proves life's a banquet, featuring the classic songs "We Need A Little Christmas", "It's Today", "Bosom Buddies" and, of course, "Mame".
A World Premiere Production!
by Michael Slade
January 22 - February 8, 2015
Charming family patriarch Sam Baker lies in a hospital bed, recovering from an apparent heart attack, but his wife, Marsha, won't stop making the crisis all about her-much to the dismay of their son, Aaron. The young photographer wonders why his parents even stay together while dealing with his own issues as a newlywed. Intimate, yet universal, this new work by Michael Slade (Under a Red Moon, Gingerbread Children) is a wildly funny and touching comedy about marriage-its joys, challenges and responsibilities-and what's worth fighting for.
A Special Valentine's Event!
Buyer & Cellar
by Jonathan Tolins
February 12 - March 1, 2015
An out-of-work actor in Los Angeles, Alex takes on the oddest of odd jobs when he's hired to work in the museum-like basement "mall" of an American entertainment icon's lavish home. He spends his days alone and in awe, tending to a lifetime of countless mementos, until the lady of the house-the "Funny Girl" herself-appears and they strike up the unlikeliest of friendships. It's an outrageously unbelievable comedy that will go down "like butta" as one talented performer takes on all the roles, even the dynamic "Babs".
by John Murrell
April 16 - May 3, 2015
When a longtime, disillusioned college professor is asked to tutor her dean's son through his freshman Shakespeare class, she finds it to be as much a test for her as it is for him. Although they seem to have nothing in common, as they explore the Bard's Othello together, they learn more about each other-and themselves-than either is ready to admit. While they draw strength from the play, they come to understand what it means to live up to expectations.
When troubled Brooklyn teenager Yolanda is sent to live with her church-going grandmother down South after the death of her brother, she finds healing in the personal stories of the ladies of the congregation and the hats that adorn their heads. Through time and space, their intimate histories create a soulful, joyous triumph of song, dance, culture and glorious "hattitude" in this powerhouse gospel musical like no other.
Subscriptions are available in 3-, 4- and 5-show packages, as well as in Flex Pass plans. Package prices range from $102 - $190, and discounted subscriptions are available for students. Both renewing and new subscribers may place their orders with Ticket Center Stage by calling (937) 228-3630 or by visiting the Schuster Center Box Office. New subscribers will be seated starting May 5. Single tickets to Miracle on South Division Street and Mame go on sale August 5, tickets to Family Shots go on sale October 28, tickets to Buyer & Cellar go on sale December 2, and tickets to Taking Shakespeare and Crowns go on sale February 10. Subscribers can purchase tickets to Buyer & Cellar in advance when renewing or ordering a new subscription. Productions, performance dates and ticket prices are subject to change.