by David Javerbaum
directed by Kevin Moore
November 1 – 18, 2018
Thou shalt laugh! Get ready for an audience with The Almighty that will have you holy rolling in the aisles. God is here–in human form–and She wants to set the record straight with a new set of Commandments. Joined by Her faithful angels, Michael and Gabriel, She’s ready to clear up a few misconceptions, share a few secrets and answer the big questions that have baffled mankind since Creation itself. The comedy’s divine in the hottest show since the burning bush.
“A gut-busting-riff on the never-ending folly of mankind’s attempts to fathom God’s wishes… It’s an hour and a half of comedy heaven.”
–The New York Times
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)
David Javerbaum is an American comedy writer and currently an Executive Producer for Fusion Network (a joint venture network between ABC and Univision) to oversee development of a news satire block of programming. As the former Executive Producer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” his work for that program, including four years as Head Writer, has earned him 11 Emmys, two additional Emmy nominations, two Peabody Awards, and Television Critics Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show. He is one of the primary authors of the show’s textbook parody “America (The Book),” which sold over 2.5 million copies, spent a year on The New York Times Bestseller List (including 15 weeks at #1), won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor (his second), won the 2005 Quill Awards for Best Humor Book and Audiobook, and was named Publishers’ Weekly’s 2004 Book of the Year; the audiobook won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The book’s sequel, “Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race,” was released in September 2010. He was also Emmy-nominated for his work as a writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and wrote for the 2006 Academy Awards. He spent three years writing for the satirical newspaper and website The Onion, conceiving its 1999 New York Times #1 bestseller “Our Dumb Century” and contributing numerous articles to it and two other Onion books. His first book as sole author, “What to Expect When You’re Expected,” was published by Random House in 2009. In 2011, his book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God” was published by Simon & Schuster, and his affiliated Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod has over 1 million followers. Javerbaum and his frequent collaborator Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) have won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their songs featured in the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards, both times performed by Neil Patrick Harris. They also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Lyrics and Music for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”, which won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. On the stage, David and Adam also earned a 2008 Tony nomination for their songs in the Broadway adaptation of John Waters’ film “Cry-Baby,” itself nominated for Best Musical. Javerbaum is a winner of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, and was the lyricist and co-librettist of SUBURB, which won the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, as well as Best Off-Broadway Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Awards, and the Drama League. Javerbaum is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate School of Musical Theater Composition and Harvard University, where he wrote for the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon and co-wrote two of that school’s Hasty Pudding musicals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Debra and their daughters Kate and Sara. His hobbies include the succinct encapsulation of his achievements.
Kevin Moore is a founding member of The Human Race Theatre Company, and from 1986 has served as its Executive Director, President and now Artistic Director. In 2000 he created the new works development arm of the company, which has nurtured over 50 new plays and musicals. Kevin’s directing credits include world premieres of Family Shots (with Corbin Bleu), Anne of Green Gables, Wild Blue, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, and Family Ties (with Eve Plumb). Other shows include: A Day In Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Angels in America: Perestroika, Bat Boy, Beautiful Thing (co-production with the Phoenix Theatre), Beehive, Children of Eden, Convenience (co-production with the Sacramento Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof, The Gifts of the Magi, A Tuna Christmas, Harold & Maude, Mame, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Ordinary Days, Pacific Overtures (staged concert with George Takai), The Rocky Horror Show, Shenandoah, Tuesdays with Morrie and Play It By Heart. He has been inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 2010, he and Marsha Hanna received the Governor’s Award for Arts Administration – the first theatre in Ohio to receive this honor. The nuns at St. Mary’s School might take issue with Kevin directing this play, but he says it has been one of the best religious experiences of his life.
Eric graduated from Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures with a degree in Design/Technology focused on Scenic Design and Scene Painting. Professional credits include Scenic Design for The Human Race’s Hail Mary!, Steel Magnolias and Miracle on South Division Street as well as Footloose, The Wizard of Oz, and The Music Man with the Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival. He is currently the Head Carpenter and Charge Artist for HRTC. Educational experience includes Rent and Picnic with Wright State University.
When not designing costumes for local theatres like The Human Race Theatre Company or for local residents, Ayn leads tours and teaches art workships at the Dayton Art Institute. She is the former Company Manager for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and was also the Lead Teaching ARtist for a local puppet company. She has also taught art and fashion at the Rosewood Arts Centre and K-12 Gallery as well as for community groups and at local schools. She performs jazz and originals regularly as Ayn Kaethchen and her High Standards as well as with the E&G Duo, The Next One Up Jazz Quintet, and her originals band Knock. Ayn has her BFA in Theatre Performance at the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University inAthens. As always, all work is fondly dedicated to her beloved spawn, Z and Jop.
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 recently had his driveway repaved! And a new garage door.
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.
Jacquelyn Duncan is ecstatic to be Stage Managing Banned from Baseball. Jacquelyn is originally from Toledo, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Design/Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. You’ve seen Jacquelyn working for the Human Race as the Production Assistant since Hail Mary! in October 2016 and as the Production Stage Manager since Brighton Beach Memoirs last spring. Jacquelyn is a proud member of The Actors Equity Association and wants to remind you to follow The Human Race Theatre on all social media! “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” - Mother Teresa
Sara is an Alum of the Wright State acting BFA program and a proud Equity member. Before she became God, she was fortunate to be on the boards here at The Human Race Theatre Company in Family Ties, Twelfth Night, and the premiere of three new musical works. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati productions include Hands on a Hardbody, all three “Wonderette“s, Rabbit Hole and Mauritius, among others since 1999. Other favorite expereinces in this region include Rhetta in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Maria in a premiere workshop reading of The Sandman, and Frankie in the highly acclaimed production of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. She will also be briefly seen in the upcoming feature film, “The Public”. In addition to the small screen, short films and web skits, she has had the great pleasure of touring to theatres across the country, but for now prefers to make Cincinnati her home. Thank you all for supporting live professional theatre.
Joshua was last seen at HRTC in Hail Mary!. He is a Brooklyn based artist. Off-Broadway: Channeling Kevin Spacey, St. Luke’s. As Wide as I Can See, HERE Arts Center. Other NYC companies include Signature Theatre, Labyrinth, Stages on the Sound, At Hand, Overturn Theatre as “Pozzo” in Waiting for Godot, New Federal and others. Regional: Moon on a Rainbow Shawl dir. Vinnette Carroll, “Bottom” with Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. in Boston. NYIT award nomination for Crystal Skillman’s Wild. Josh’s greatest artistic achievement was selling BK Chicken Fries on Thrillist. Training: SUNY Purchase, Maggie Flanigan Studio.
Scott has retired from university teaching and anxious to adopt a new rescue dog to join him on the bike path, not that Morgen could ever be replaced. Acting whenever opportunity knocks, here are a few of his past roles – the old guy in The House, Papa Charlie, Shenandoah; 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 Sweeney Todd. This past July was Scott’s 8th summer serving up justice with Dayton History’s Old Case Files. Scott is a Dayton Theatre Hall of Famer, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Montgomery County Arts & Cultureal District, and a 39-year member of AEA.
*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.