Corbin Bleu & Colleen Zenk to Star in Human Race Theatre Company's World Premiere of FAMILY SHOTS
Actors Corbin Bleu and Colleen Zenk have joined the cast of Michael Slade's newest play, Family Shots, making its world premiere with The Human Race Theatre Company in January 2015 at The Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton. 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 he and his husband, Malcolm, deal with their own issues as newlyweds. Intimate, yet universal, Family Shots is a wildly funny and touching comedy about marriage-its joys, challenges and responsibilities-and what's worth fighting for. The production runs January 22 - February 8, 2015 and is to be directed by The Human Race's producing artistic director, Kevin Moore.
Corbin Bleu stars as "Aaron." Audiences will recognize Mr. Bleu as "Chad Danforth" in Disney's High School Musical trilogy and recently as the runner-up on the 17th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. A showbiz professional since the age of two, Mr. Bleu has appeared in the films Mystery Men, Galaxy Quest, Catch That Kid, Jump In!, Free Style, the short film I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu, The Little Engine That Could, Scary or Die and the upcoming Shaker Pointe with Malcolm-Jamal Warner. His television credits include starring roles in Flight 29 Down, The Beautiful Life: TBL and One Life to Live, with guest appearances on ER, Hannah Montana, Malcolm & Eddie, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Phineas and Ferb, The Good Wife, Franklin & Bash, Blue Bloods and Psych. An accomplished singer and dancer, his Broadway credits include the musicals In the Heights as "Usnavi" and Godspell as "Jesus." In 2007, Mr. Bleu released his debut album, Another Side, followed up by a second, Speed of Light, in 2009.
Colleen Zenk plays "Marsha." Ms. Zenk is perhaps best known for her character, "Barbara Ryan," on As the World Turns, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-nominated role she played for thirty-two years. She began her professional career as a musical theatre actress, co-starring in the Bye Bye Birdie Broadway sequel Bring Back Birdie. Her theatrical work was put on hold as her role on the daytime drama became more demanding, until she returned to the stage in the mid 2000s as "Dolly Levi" in Hello, Dolly! and as "Phyllis Stone" in Stephen Sondheim's Follies. An oral cancer survivor and a mother of six, Ms. Zenk has not shied away from the demands of live performance, starring in a number of theatrical productions in recent years, including her one-woman shows, Colleen Zenk: Live and Still Sassy; Looped (as "Tallulah Bankhead"); and Off-Broadway's Odyssey - The Epic Musical, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis and Mama and Her Boys. Her film credits include "Cecille" in Annie, "Steffi" in Woman on the Ledge, "Libby" in the short film "Libby" (Best Comedy Award nomination, LA Film Fest) and "Jordan" in the upcoming Scout. She has been seen on such shows as CBS's Blue Bloods, the web series Thurston and Tainted Dreams, and will appear next season on Milgram and the Fastwalkers.
Corbin Bleu and Colleen Zenk join fellow Family Shots cast members Adam Halpin as "Malcolm," Arash Mokhtar as "Dr. Patel" and Annie Pesch as "Joyce." Casting for the role of "Sam" has not been finalized.
The Human Race Theatre Company's production of Family Shots is sponsored by PNC, Richard and Marni Flagel, Larry S. Glicker-Glickler Funeral Home, Mrs. Wallace E. Johnson, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Maureen Lynch and Richard Lapedes, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center and The City of Dayton Human Relations Council, with additional support from Marcia Muller and Scot Anderson and Beth and Alan Schaeffer.
Tickets for the preview performance of Family Shots on January 22 start at $35 and $30 for adults, $31 and $27 for seniors and $17.50 and $15 for students. For all performances January 22 - February 8, single ticket prices are $45 - $35 for adults, $41 - $32 for seniors and $22.50 - $17.50 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Family Shots is also part of The Human Race's Loft Series 4-play and 3-play subscription packages.
All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center's Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Show times for Family Shots are 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday and Tuesday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday matinees.
Loft Series subscriptions, and tickets and performance information on Family Shots are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.