October 31 – November 17, 2019
Written by: Bekah Brunstetter
Della Brady is the proud owner of Della’s Sweets, and she has been selected to compete on The Great American Baking Show. But when her best friend’s daughter comes home to North Carolina to get married, Della’s life gets turned upside down when she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two. Della’s husband, Tim, says she can’t possibly bake their wedding cake. But can she? Should she? For the first time in her life Della has to think for herself, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage.
This deliciously funny and emotional play is written by Bekah Brunstetter, the Supervising Producer of the hit NBC show, This Is Us.
This show is rated: PG-16
Contains adult language and situations, and brief nudity. Discretion is advised.
Run time: Approximately 90 minutes - No Intermission.
Sue Spiegel and Lisa Hanauer
Ashley's Pastry Shop
Della's Baking Class
Heather Bailey and Frank Scenna
Laurie Carter Rose* (Della)
As a native of the Buckeye State, Laurie is thrilled to make her Human Race Theatre Co. debut! Recent credits: Good People (Jean), New Harmony Theatre, The Roommate (Robyn), Light Up the Sky (Irene Livingston), Citadel Theatre; Menopause the Musical (Soap Star), Fireside Theatre; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Masha), Artists’ Ensemble Theatre; It Shoulda Been You (Georgette Howard), Farmers Alley Theatre; Favorite past credits include: Follies, Drury Lane Oakbrook; Bed Full of Foreigners, Drury Lane South; Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour with Ted Neely and Carl Anderson); Sunset Boulevard (London’s West End starring Betty Buckley) TV/Film: Chicago Med, The Tonight Show, Early Edition. Originally from Cincinnati, Laurie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Miami University and a proud 27-year member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She also enjoys print and voice-over work, is represented by NV Talent, and has called Chicago home for the last 20 plus years where she lives with all her “Rose Boys”, S, N, D, & H. www.LaurieCarterRose.com
Candice Handy* (Macy)
Candice Handy is elated to be making her debut at The Human Race Theatre! She is a Cincinnati based actor and ensemble member at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Candice is glad to be acting in the Midwest again, after a long summer at Island Shakespeare Festival in Whidbey Island, WA, where she played Paulina in The Winter's Tale, a dream role, and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Her favorite roles at Cincinnati Shakes include Malcolm in Macbeth and Bianca in Othello. Candice has also worked at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (A Christmas Carol), the Know Theatre of Cincinnati (Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood) and Theatre Monmouth, in Monmouth, ME (The Pirates of Penzance). Candice received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Louisville. She thanks her family and friends for their unrelenting support!
Claire Kennedy* (Jen)
With HRTC: Twelfth Night (Viola), The Glass Menagerie (Laura), Hail Mary! (Mary), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), A Christmas Carol (Belle), Will Power (Hamlet, Wall), Shenandoah (Ensemble), R&J (Ensemble). New York/Regional select credits: Constellations (Marianne, LDTC), The Cake (Jen, LDTC), Infinitely Yours (Tasha, Presque Isle), The Tempest (Ariel, ESC), A Midsummer... (Helena, ESC), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet, S.Shakespeare), Welcome to America (Sadie, New Worlds Theatre Project ), Into the Woods (Step-Sister, NightWind), Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet, STNJ), A Midsummer... (Titania, STNJ), Taming of the Shrew (Katherine, STNJ), The Odyssey (Circe, STNJ), among others. Film/New Media: Life in a Box, Amnesia Party, Sushi Tushi, Snowflake, A Christmas Short, Tell Tales, Mood Music, Traffix, History Webs. Claire is a proud WSU alum and she is elated to be back in her artistic home @ The Race! She’d like to thank Greg and the HRTC family for the opportunity to share this significant and urgent play again. She’d also like to thank SAL, her family, and her sister Grace, who's taught her what real courage means in the journey to finding your true north. @oneclassyclaire, www.theclairekennedy.com.
Tim Lile*+ (Tim)
Tim Lile, a Resident Artist with The Human Race, holds an MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Past performances include Lend Me a Tenor, Ears on a Beatle, A Tuna Christmas, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Underpants, The Odd Couple, Spinning into Butter, Resident Alien, Art, Trip to Bountiful, On Golden Pond, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He spent some Christmas seasons as Crumpet in The Human Race productions of The Santaland Diaries and as Dad in A Christmas Story at the Victoria Theatre. Directing credits include Rounding Third, Take Me Out and Lombardi. Tim is also a third-generation auctioneer specializing in the sale of real estate at auction and owner of the online action firm BidNow, LLC. "After a year-long, self imposed hiatus from Theatre, I am thrilled to be playing Tim - a role I feel I was born to play!"
Bekah Brunstetter, Playwright
Greg Hellems, Director
Dan Gray, Scenic Design
Jessica Pitcairn, Costume Design
John Rensel, Lighting Design
Jay Brunner, Sound Design
Jacquelyn Duncan*, Stage Manager
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.