OPUS Opens Dayton Theatre Guild's 2012-13 Season Tonight, 8/24


Dayton Theatre Guild has announced its "'Til Death Do Us Part" 2012-2013 season. Come see the company's palette of plays that will take you right to The Edge, whether in a theater filled with laughter or the lean-forward-in-your-seat intensity of great drama. Some will be a little bit of both. The intimate confines of the Guild's new Oregon District home now backs its award-winning casts with the very latest in technology. The season schedule follows.

by Michael Hollinger
Aug 24-Sep 9, 2012
Directed by Greg Smith
Auditions: July 16-17

A world-class male string quartet struggles with the loss of a member, the recasting of a woman to replace him and the day-to-day tensions of exacting, temperamental artists struggling to make perfect music onstage, as well as to make sense of their lives offstage. This one-of-a-kind contemporary script is filled with quiet drama and surprising humor.

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
by Paul Zindel
Oct 5-21, 2012
Directed by Debra Kent
Auditions: August 27-28, 2012

Three sisters are each misshapen in a different way by a childhood without order or stability. Anna is a science teacher convinced she's contracted a life-threatening illness; Catherine, who has her own life issues, is the sister who cares for her, and Ceil, also in the business of education, has manipulated life often at the expense of the other two. From this twisted mix playwright Zindel has created an unexpected, delightful comedy.

by Henrik Ibsen, translated by
Christopher Hampton
Jan 11-27, 2013
Directed by Matthew W. Smith
Auditions: November 26-27

A brilliant new translation by Christopher Hampton breathes new life into this classic drama. The "ghosts" in this play are taboo topics that cannot be openly discussed. This drama is one of Ibsen’s most powerful works, but also one of his most controversial. Family sins are revisited when a son returns home to dedicate an orphanage in his father's name and becomes involved in a tryst that ends in the painful knowledge of long suppressed family truths.

100 Saints You Should Know
by Kate Fodor
Feb 22-Mar 10, 2013
Directed by Ellen Finch
Auditions: January 14-15

Father Matthew McNally has served his congregation well but now finds he needs some time to reflect on his own faith and suddenly leaves his parish. Theresa, a cleaning woman at his rectory, searches him out for spiritual advice. She needs help with her 16-year-old daughter, Abby. And Garrett, a grocery delivery boy, desperately seeks Father McNally's guidance in search of his own identity. An unexpected crisis brings these characters into confrontation. Faith is tried and shaken as Father McNally faces his own spiritual demons and his greatest fear -- living without a connection to God.

Leaving Iowa
by Tim Clue & Spike Manton
Apr 5-21, 2013
Directed by Robb Willoughby
Auditions: February 25-26

The annual family vacations of one family are remembered as the son tries to take his father's ashes to a former home. His attempts to reach the final resting place are interspersed with memories of family vacations the kids often hated. The actors play themselves as teenagers, as parents and as their older selves, on the road-trip of life. A sentimental play of good humor that is sweet and often contagiously funny.

The Pillow Man
by Martin McDonagh
May 17-June 2, 2013
Directed by Natasha Randall
Auditions: April 8-9

"With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and The Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art." – Dramatists Play Service. For mature audiences only.

A fun, don't miss Holiday Extra... A Tuna Christmas
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears & Jaston Williams
Nov 23-Dec 9, 2012
Directed by Kathy Mola
Auditions: Oct 8-9

It's Christmas time and local radio personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie tell us all about the annual Christmas lawn display contest that Viola Carp keeps winning (14 times), the troubled local production of A Christmas Carol and along the way introduce us to a host of colorful characters, each one funnier than the last, in this little mythical Texas town. Two actors portray more than twenty roles in this hilarious production.

Season tickets membership is $75. Add the Holiday Show for an additional $10 for a total of $85. Individual ticket prices:* Adult: $19Seniors (60+): $17Students: $12. Buy your tickets at daytontheatreguild.thundertix.com.

* all individual tickets are $1 less when paid for in cash on site at the Box Office.

Find the Guild in the Oregon District at 430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH 45410.

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