by Brian Parks
directed by Margarett Perry
November 2 – 19, 2017
After twenty years in their dream house, Martyn and Shanny Redmond are downsizing and just sold the home directly to the perfect thirtysomething couple, Fischer and Lindsay Libett. Or so they thought. Sure that the Libetts will keep the place exactly as they’re leaving it, the Redmonds invite them for drinks, casual conversation and to hand over the keys. But when Fischer and Lindsay reveal they are planning major renovations, Martyn and Shanny have second thoughts and a pleasant get together becomes an outrageously hilarious battle of wills with over-the-top results.
“If the laugh meter had been on, the opening night audience would have broken it, as the onstage antics prompted grins and guffaws and outright howling.”
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Thursday night Preview Performance
Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm
Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)
Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 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
Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)
Brian’s plays have been produced in New York City as well as several cities across the U.S. The plays have also been staged internationally, in London, Edinburgh, Ireland, Adelaide, Heidelberg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Oberzeiring, Austria. His play Americana Absurdum helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997, where it also won the Best Writing Award. Americana Absurdum went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became one of the first plays staged at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. His other produced plays include Enterprise, The Golfer, Goner, The Invitation, Imperial Fizz, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Suspicious Package, and Out of the Way. Enterprise won a Fringe First award at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Imperial Fizz has been published by Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London, and The Invitation has been published in the collection Plays and Playwrights 2010, by the New York Theater Experience, Inc. The House had its premiere at The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York under the artistic directorship of Rachel Lampert. More information available at brianparksplaywright.com.
Margarett is an award-winning director of new plays. She is a regular at The Human Race Theatre Company where her credits include Hail Mary!, One Slight Hitch, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, The Retreat from Moscow, Painting Churches and the world premiere of Michael Slade’s Under a Red Moon. She has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country as well as in Los Angeles, Scotland and London. She is the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she has directed over 20 productions including Seminar, Sunset Baby, Old Times and Private Lives as well as world premieres by Rob Ackerman, Rachel Axler, Brian Dykstra and Brian Parks. Perry was the Producing Artistic Director of Access Theater in NYC for six years where she directed and produced numerous plays and world premieres. She is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center where she has worked with a variety of writers developing new plays. Recent projects include Brian Dykstra’s Use to Was (Maybe Did) with Center Theatre Group, the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse, Shrek the Musical at Connecticut Rep and Brian Dykstra’s award-winning play, Clean Alternatives at The Kitchen Theatre. She just returned from Edinburgh, Scotland where she was working on Brian Parks’ play Enterprise which won the Fringe First Award and had an encore engagement at Soho Playhouse in New York. www.margarettperry.com
Ray returns to The Human Race Theatre having last designed Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch. In the last decade, he has worked as a scenic artist on numerous productions for The Human Race Theatre. Zupp is currently entering into his fifth season working as a designer with the Dayton Ballet, having designed their productions of Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet, and was the costume and scenic designer for the world premiere of Dracula: Bloodlines. Ray designs for numerous theatre companies across the United States. Television credits include work on various reality shows for FOX, CMT, OWN, the HUB, MNET America, as well as ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, HBO’s Girls, NBC’s Deception and NETFLIX’s Orange is the New Black.
Janet’s costuming credits for The Human Race Theatre Company include two In-School Tours: A Dickens of a Time and Belch, Bottom and the Boys, and main stage productions of Family Ties (world premiere), Hail Mary!, Sweeney Todd, One Slight Hitch, Steel Magnolias, The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Family Shots (world premiere), Taking Shakespeare (Midwest premiere), Other Desert Cities, Torch Song Trilogy, Avenue Q, Band Geeks!, 8 Track, Permanent Collection and The 39 Steps. She fitted and organized the Tony Award-winning costumes for The Drowsy Chaperone. She costumed Boeing, Boeing and Parade, both joint productions of CCM and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, The Fantasticks for DPH, and the original production of Soldier Christmas with NKU. As a retired Norwood City Schools artistic director/teacher, she designed, directed and costumed over 150 shows. She is avid supporter of the arts in education.
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 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at the Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2016-17 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 theatrical events and is proud to call The Human Race his artistic home. He has composed music and recorded audio projects for many musical groups, voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. Jay owns and operates a professional recording studio (Audio Forest) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.
Lexi is ecstatic to be returning to the Loft Theatre, where her previous productions include Legendale, Family Ties, 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.
Vince is a New York-based actor and writer. He received a Drama Desk nomination for David Johnston’s Candy and Dorothy, and sits on the Board of New York Shakespeare Exchange, with whom he’s appeared in King John, Titus Andronicus, and more. Other notables: Cock and Clean Alternatives at the Kitchen Theatre with director Margarett Perry; Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Fully Committed at Barrington Stage Company; I Am My Own Wife at Barrington, as well as for Two Turns Theatre Company and Coachella Valley Rep (Desert Star Award nomination); and The Temperamentals at New World Stages. www.vincegatton.com
Human Race Theatre: Steel Magnolias, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Broadway: Cabaret (1987 Revival with Joel Grey). National Tours: La Cage aux Folles and The American Dancemachine. She dedicates her performance to the memory of her childhood home, built by her father, Robert, in 1955 on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida: the house, palm trees, live oaks, ferns, wildlife and the final resting place of many beloved pets.
The House marks Scott’s 72nd Human Race production as an actor. He considers himself very blessed to call HRTC his artistic home here in Dayton, though his career has taken him all over the country and Europe. Here are a few of his favorite roles - Papa Charlie, Shenandoan; Werner Heisenberg, Copenhagen; Horton the Elephant, Seussical; Roy Cohn, Angels in America; Gerard Carriere, Phantom; Gardner Church, Painting Churches; Lyman Wyeth, Other Desert Cities and the title role in Sweeney Todd. This past July was Scott’s 7th summer serving up justice at the Old Courthouse with Dayton History’s Old Case Files. In 2002, Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District. A special acknowledgement to the two dentists that have been so important in my artistic life - Burt Saidel and Duncan Powell.
Alex is so happy to be back for her fourth show with HRTC! Previous shows include: Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch (Melanie), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nina), and August: Osage County (Karen). This is also her sixth show with the wonderful Margarett Perry, including most recently the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Seared at San Francisco Playhouse. Alex is a BFA graduate from Wright State University and member of Actors’ Equity. Many many thanks to Kevin, Tara and the HRTC team for welcoming her back. Love to Mom, Dad, Taylor, Kendall and family!
*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.