The Loft Theatre has remained empty since March when the Human Race had to prematurely close its outstanding regional premiere of Emily Mann’s drama “Gloria: A Life” due to the pandemic. Kilburn recognizes the company’s potential to be among the first theatrical organizations to fully reopen but feels confident in the decision that has been made. “(The topic has) come up in a lot of nationwide conversations (Artistic Director) Kevin Moore and I have had particularly in discussions with theaters our size,” she said. “The smaller regional theaters are most likely the first to be back but it gives us the added responsibility to do it right. But if we misstep, we’re going to be part of the problem nationwide. I just don’t feel it’s good or it’s a wise decision for our audience, in our space, to try and jump the gun. It’s going to be a hard six months between now and reopening but it gives us a long-term strategy nonetheless while we’re working on short-term goals. We are very lucky that we have a very unique place in this community and a very loyal audience in this community. We’re coming back but the traditional look of how we come back will be different.”
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The Human Race Theatre Company 34th Loft Theatre Season – Dayton Premieres
NOW AND THEN (Sean Grennan)
Feb. 18-March 7, 2021
“Sometimes what happens after last-call just might change your life forever… ‘Now and Then’ is a heartfelt romantic comedy about the costs of the choices we make and the people who make them with us.”
INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP (Katie Forgette)
April 15-May 2, 2021
“A money-strapped family tries to cope in 1973. Linda O’Shea, 19, is our narrator and she is attempting to re-enact the most turbulent day of her life, but her family keeps interrupting to tell their side of the story…”
Human Race Theatre Company and Wright State University alum Christian Duhamel's new musical "My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend" will have its local premiere June 10-27, 2021 at the Loft Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND: A NEW TRUE MUSICAL (book and lyrics by Christian Duhamel; music and lyrics by Edward Bell; originally conceived and performed by Charissa Bertels)
June 10-27, 2021
“Charissa, a quirky 20-something actress, meets Milton, a quick-witted, eighty-something millionaire who loves Schubert, Shakespeare and Dallas BBQ.”
EVERYTHING THAT’S BEAUTIFUL (by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder)
July 22-Aug. 8, 2021
“When Luke and Jess decide to allow their 8-year-old Morgan, who was assigned male at birth, to identify as female, they relocate in order to give the family a clean start…But when an accident threatens to expose the truth about Morgan, tensions run high.”
AIRNESS by Chelsea Marcantel
Oct. 21-Nov. 7, 2021
“When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend.”
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WHO’S HOLIDAY by Matthew Lombardo
Dec. 10-27, 2020* (tentative)
“A wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy (telling) the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.”
The play is Rated R for adult language and sexual innuendo.
*If the Human Race is unable to present it during this holiday season, it will do so in 2021.
THE ART OF US: A DAYTON MOSAIC
Sept. 18 and 19, 2021
This collaborative performance at the Schuster Center highlights the Bach Society of Dayton, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Muse Machine, and Human Race Theatre Company.
For more information, visit humanracetheatre.org.