by Daniel Goldstein
based on the CBS television series
produced by special arrangement by Araca Media & Entertainment
featuring Jim Stanek and Eve Plumb
directed by Kevin Moore
June 1 – 25, 2017
One of the most beloved television families of the 1980s takes to the stage. Twenty years have passed and Alex P. Keaton, now running for Congress, returns to his parents’ Columbus home with his sisters, Mallory and Jennifer, who are parents of their own. Gathered together once again, they relive some of the most important moments from their childhood - the growing pains, heartbreaks and reconciliations - with fondness and appreciation for simpler times that defined a generation.
Run time: TBA
Thursday night Preview Performance
Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm
Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby
Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance
Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm
Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)
Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)
Daniel is a writer and director based in Brooklyn. He is the winner of the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist. His musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman) played a sold-out run at Williamstown Theater Festival during the summer 2015 season. It received development at MTC, The National Musical Theater Conference at The O’Neill Theater Center, McCarter Theater and The Huntington Theater Company, which originally commissioned the piece as the inaugural Stanford Calderwood Commission for New American Plays. He received (with Dawn Landes) a Public Theater/Joe’s Pub New York Voices Commission for Row, a musical based on A Pearl in the Storm, Tori Murden McClure’s memoir about becoming the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Row has been developed at The Orchard Project and Tofte Lake Center. Upcoming work includes an immersive adaptation of Hansel and Gretel at ARTPARK in Buffalo, New York, this summer and a Halloween Harry Potter Death Eater Experience at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. As a director, his work has been seen on and Off-Broadway, around the US and internationally. He recently completed his first short film, No She Wasn’t, written by Ethan Sandler and starring Katie Lowes. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. in Performance Studies. www.danielgoldsteincreative.com
Kevin is the President & Artistic Director of The Human Race Theatre Company, having served as the Executive Director from the company’s founding in 1986 through 2011. He has directed Human Race productions of The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Gifts of the Magi, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Rocky Horror Show, Beehive, Angels in America: Perestroika, Zombies from the Beyond, Children of Eden, Beautiful Thing (co-production with the Phoenix Theatre), Bat Boy, Tuesdays With Morrie, Convenience (co-production with the Sacramento Theatre Company), Shenandoah, Play It by Heart, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof (the highest grossing production in the Loft), and the world premieres of Wild Blue and Family Shots. He produced West Side Story at the Victoria Theatre, featuring the Dayton Ballet, breaking all Victoria box office records. In 2000, Kevin also created the Musical Theatre Workshops, which has presented regional and world premiere musicals, hosted two national summits and three new works festivals. He produced the world premiere of the musical Was, produced and directed the midwest premieres of Harold & Maude and Ordinary Days, produced the Midwest premiere of the Stephen Schwartz musical Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook and the premiere of Gregg Coffin’s musical, right next to me. Kevin is also proud of his working relationship with Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman on their musical Anne of Green Gables, which had its professional premiere at the Victoria Theatre in 2005, and their new musical, Tenderly, about singer Rosemary Clooney, in 2012. Kevin has served on panels for the Ohio Arts Council, the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the Boards of the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Culture Works, the Downtown YMCA and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre - where he co-chaired their Festival of New Musicals in 2007 and 2008. In 2003, Kevin was inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and in April 2010, he and Human Race Artistic Director Marsha Hanna received the Governor’s Award for Arts Administration.
Tammy is delighted to return to The Human Race Theatre! A few of her favorite designs at HRTC include Crowns, Other Desert Cities, Becky’s New Car, Lombardi, Managing Maxine, Rounding Third, and Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow. She also enjoys designing theatre for young audiences, having designed, ten shows for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Educational Touring Company. Her designs have been on stages from New York City to the Midwest and as far south as Florida. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Kent State University. Check out her website at www.edwardlaynedesigns.com.
John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida. Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2015-16 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2015-16 season at the Schuster Center. John freely admits that he often loses his copies of the shows’ scripts.
Jay has designed sound, music directed, performed and composed music for countless shows (over 20 for HRTC alone), musical groups, voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. He owns and operates a professional recording studio (Audio Forest) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.
Lexi is thrilled to be returning to the Loft Theatre, where her previous productions include On Golden Pond, 26 Pebbles, The Santaland Diaries, Hail Mary!, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, One Slight Hitch and The Glass Menagerie. Other regional credits include Dayton Philharmonic’s Best of Broadway II concert at the Schuster Center. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and also a recent graduate of Wright State University, where she received her BFA in Stage Management.
The Araca Group was founded in 1997 by partners Matthew Rego, Michael Rego and Hank Unger, and the company has since become a leading Broadway production and brand management company with over 250 dedicated employees and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, and Sydney. Araca’s producing ventures have garnered Tony, Pulitzer, Grammy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League, Olivier and Obie Awards. Broadway producing credits include Wicked, Urinetown, Disgraced, The Wedding Singer, A View from the Bridge, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Lend Me a Tenor, Match, Rock of Ages, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, ‘Night Mother, Skylight, A Raisin in the Sun, and Boeing-Boeing. Araca’s recently launched Media & Entertainment division partners with marquee Media Companies and Consumer Brands to develop and manage branded entertainment portfolios of meticulously crafted adaptations, reboots, and brand integrations of some of the world’s most iconic intellectual property, for film, television, digital and live stage.
Thea is thrilled to join the cast of Family Ties. National Tours: Dirty Dancing (Baby u/s), I Love Lucy (Lucy). Regional/Off Broadway: The Lion in Winter, Jewtopia, Greater Angels, After the Fall, For the Record, Born of a Fairytale. TV: True Blood, many commercials and music videos, most recently for international DJ Deorro. Thea has four films (one of which she wrote and produced) in the festival circuit in 2017, including Laps, which won an award at Sundance. She also has an album, “Numb,” which came out in 2014. www.theabrooks.com
Sara is a happy AEA member and (ancient) grad of the Wright State Acting BFA program. HRTC credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night and the readings of three new musical works: Guarding Gold Street, The Trimble Wars and Red-Blooded, All-American Man. At home in Cincy, she has been fortunate to be a part of ETC in such productions as Violet, Hands on a Hardbody, all three “Wonderette” iterations, Rabbit Hole, and Mauritius, among others since 1999. Other professional favorite turns are Pump Boys and Dinettes, and the critically acclaimed Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. You may have caught her in 2015’s Hallmark Movie, The Christmas Spirit, and will soon spot her in Emilio Estevez’s flick, The Public. Sara is grateful for any opportunity to return to the Loft, and so proud to be able to live and work in such a thriving artistic community. Thank you for your continued support of live theatre.
Having started her television career at age 6, Eve appeared in TV shows and commercials before her role as “Jan” on The Brady Bunch. Many TV shows and movies followed, and she has been in living and working in NYC since 2010. NYC Theatre: played “Miss Abigail” in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage,two runs of Love, Loss and What I Wore, Broadway Backwards 5 and 8. Regional Theatre: Same Time, Next Year (Beach Haven, NJ); Plaza Suite (Judson Theatre, NC); Crazy for You (Riverside Theatre, FL). Recent credits include Law and Order: SVU, the film Blue Ruin, Grease Live, The Path on Hulu and Blue Bloods. She also paints: www.eveplumb.tv
Maggie is thrilled to make her Human Race debut in Family Ties! Originally from Oklahoma, she’s performed with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Birmingham Old Rep, Kentucky Shakespeare, Know Theatre, and in the resident ensemble of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Some of her fondest memories onstage have been playing Jo March in Little Women, Henrietta Leavitt in Silent Sky, and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. She holds degrees from William Jewell College and the Birmingham School of Acting. She sends love to her husband, Mr. McCombs and their furry family, Ollie, Anne Perkins, and Leslie Knope.
Lawrence makes his Human Race Theatre Company debut with Family Ties. A Washington DC-based actor, his credits include: Intelligence, All The Way, The Music Man, Ruined, Damn Yankees, Passion Play: a Cycle, South Pacific, The Misanthrope, Guys and Dolls and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Arena Stage, where he is a member of the Actors Arena. Other DC venues include Round House Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre and The Studio Theatre. A nine-time nominee and two-time recipient of the Helen Hayes Award, he was awarded a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Bio coming soon.
*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.
The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union.
The scenic designer of this production is represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.