by Neil Simon
directed by Marya Spring Cordes
April 5 – 22, 2018
He has holes in his shoes and liver on the dinner table, but all teenage Eugene Jerome can think of is girls, baseball and writing—in that order. There’s hardly a moment’s peace in a house filled with his domineering mother, over-worked father, and worldly older brother, not to mention his widowed aunt and her two maturing daughters. Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy about growing up in a crowded, lower middle class home in 1937 Brooklyn is a touching coming-of-age classic that proves no matter how crazy life gets, family can make it crazier.
“Hilarious comedy…His finest play…A delightful and enriching experience.”
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Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)
Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm
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
Thursday night Preview Performance
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)
American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost in Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Gingerbread Lady, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, The Good Doctor, God’s Favorite, California Suite, Chapter Two, They’re Playing Our Song, I Ought to be in Pictures, Fools, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple (female version), Broadway Bound, Rumors, Jake’s Women, The Goodbye Girl, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, London Suite, Proposals, Hotel Suite, The Dinner Party, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Oscar and Felix, and Rose’s Dilemma.In addition to the film adaptations he has written of many of his plays, his screenplay credits include After the Fox, The Out-of-Towners, The Heartbreak Kid (original 1973 version), Murder by Death, The Cheap Detective, Seems Like Old Times, Only When I Laugh, Max Dugan Returns, The Slugger’s Wife, The Marrying Man and The Odd Couple II. Other motion pictures based on stage plays include Come Blow Your Horn, Sweet Charity and The Star-Spangled Girl.For television, Mr. Simon has written series, teleplays and motion pictures including The Tallulah Bankhead Show, The Sid Caesar Show, The Phil Silvers Arrow Show, The Phil Silvers Show, The Garry Moore Show, The Trouble with People, ABC’s Broadway Bound and Jake’s Women. Books by Neil Simon include Rewrites, A Memoir, The Play Goes On, four omnibus collections of Neil Simon’s plays The Comedy of Neil Simon, The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Vol. II, The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Vol. III, The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Vol. IV and Lost in Yonkers (screenplay). Mr. Simon has received more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer. Awards he has received include the Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers, Emmy Awards for The Sid Caesar Show and The Phil Silvers Show, Tony Awards for The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers and a special Tony Award For Overall Contribution To The Theatre. His nominations include Tony Award Nominations for Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Lost in Yonkers and The Goodbye Girl (musical). Other nominations include a Writers Guild Screen Award for The Odd Couple and The Out-of-Towners, a Writers Guild Laurel Award, an American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Writers Guild Screen Award Nomination for Barefoot in the Park as well as an Oscar Nomination for The Odd Couple, an Evening Standard award, a Sam S. Shubert Foundation award, Kennedy Center Honors, a UCLA Medal, a Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award and a William Inge Theater Festival award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater.
Marya Spring Cordes has a career that is a blissful blend of performing, directing and teaching other theatre artists. She serves as Head of Acting in Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and is the founding acting and Alexander Technique instructor for the Musical Theatre/Acting Preparatory Program (MAPP) for ages 12-18. At The Human Race Theatre Company, her directing credits include Managing Maxine and Becky’s New Car. At WSU, her most recent production was the Frank Galati adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath. Marya has been seen in recent years onstage regionally with the Dayton Philharmonic/Human Race Theatre Company’s Best of Broadway I and II at the Schuster Center and in Columbus with Short North Stage as Desiree in A Little Night Music. She is an active member of the Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and was recently elected to the Board of Alexander Technique International. Marya is a proud Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the John Wells directing program at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dan Gray happily re-joins The Human Race for Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other recent HRTC credits include: Sweeney Todd; Taking Shakespeare; It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Caroline, or Change; Moonlight and Magnolias; Ears on a Beatle; and Romeo and Juliet. Dan’s other regional theatre credits include numerous designs for The George Street Playhouse, Capital Rep, Players Theatre Columbus, the Delaware Theatre Company and CATCO. He also designs for many Central Ohio companies including BalletMet, Opera Columbus, The Dayton Ballet and The Columbus Symphony. Dan is the Resident Scenic Designer and an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Theatre.
Dave Arevalo is thrilled to make his Human Race Theatre design premiere. His recent credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Pinocchio, Rapunzel), and as the Associate Costume Designer for Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 production of Pelléas et Mélisande. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and moved to the Queen City in 2008. He currently splits his time between freelancing from his home studio in the western hills of Cincinnati, traveling to work as a Draper/Tailor in regional theatres across the country, and spending his summers in the costume shop of the Santa Fe Opera.
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 is ecstatic to be stage managing Brighton Beach Memoirs. Jacquelyn is originally from Toledo, Ohio and recently received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre Design/Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. You’ve seen Jacquelyn working as the Production Assistant for The Human Race since Hail Mary in October 2016. She is fortunate to officially be joining Actors’ Equity Association and would like to thank her entire Human Race family for their support. “Innovation disquisitions between a leader and a follower.” –Steve Jobs
Richard Buchanan is thrilled for his debut performance at The Human Race Theatre. Regional – Baltimore Center Stage: Shakespeare in Love (Sam/Juliet); Cincinnati Playhouse: Shakespeare in Love (Sam/Juliet), Robin Hood (Sheriff), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Peter), #SelfieThePlay (Robie Williams), Jane Eyre (Ensemble), A Christmas Carol (Ensemble); Iron Crow Theatre: Slipping (Jake), Soldier’s Dreams (German Student); Generous Company: GUMBO Festival, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory. International credits – Ensemble Aimée Rose: Faust: Sweet Seduction (Frankfurt, Germany). Education – MFA, Purdue University (Professional Actor Training Program); BS, Towson University (Theatre).
Eric Deibolt is thrilled to be making his debut at The Human Race Theatre Company and to be performing one of his all-time favorite plays to boot! He is originally from the Rochester, NY area and earned his BFA in Theatre and Dance from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Eric has traveled the world with Disney Cruise Line, appearing onstage as Peter Pan and also as an original cast member of Tangled, the Musical. In his spare time, Eric plays French Horn with the LGBAC Symphonic Band in New York City. Favorite credits include: the title role in the stage musical Peter Pan at Northern Stage, West Side Story with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, All Shook Up, Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line, Assassins and 42nd Street. Member of Actors’ Equity. For my Family, Julian and Gigi.
Lisa Ann Goldsmith is thrilled to be back at Human Race! New York and regional credits include: Arkansas Rep (world premiere of Windfall, directed by Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander), Theatre by the Sea, Pittsburgh Public Theater, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Unseam’d Shakespeare, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Quantum Theatre, Bricolage Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, and others. Films include: the 2013 Sundance nominee The Lifeguard, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, One for the Money, The Umbrella Man, Progression, and Mombies. Lisa Ann is incredibly proud to be playing Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul & Mary) in the upcoming feature film 116 MacDougal. Thanks and much love to Kevin, Scott, and the rest of the family at The Human Race!
Julie Murphy has been performing for the past four years in various theatre productions. She has appeared in Muse Machine’s productions of Mary Poppins, We Could Be Heroes, Hairspray, and most recently as Ermengarde’s understudy in Hello, Dolly! She has also appeared in Oakwood High School musical theatre and Vandalia Youth Theatre productions including Jovie in Elf, The Musical. Julie has been thrilled to participate in MAPP at Wright State University. She wants to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support and hopes you enjoy the show!
Sonia Perez is thrilled to return to The Human Race Theatre! Favorite roles: City of Angels (Alaura/Carla) Beck Center; The Full Monty (Vicki) Human Race Theatre; Carousel (Nettie) Shawnee Playhouse; My Way (Woman 1) Allenberry Playhouse; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1) Naples Dinner Theatre; Two by Two (Goldie) Naples Dinner Theatre; Heron and the Salmon Girl (Heron) Seattle Opera; Rushing Upriver (Raven) Seattle Opera; The Christians (Jenny) Actors Theatre Collaborative; Brighton Beach Memoirs (Blanche) Fort Salem Theatre; Broadway Bound (Blanche) Fort Salem Theatre and A Rose for Danny (Theresa) Irish Heritage Players. For more information, please visit www.soniaperez.net.
Rory Sheridan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory and The Experimental Theatre Wing. Recent credits include: The Pillowman at Falcon Theatre in Kentucky, Neverwhere at The Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Doubt at Cincinnati Landmark Productions, and Larry 13:2 at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Other credits include Death of Nations in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hamlet in Toronto, Canada, and Charlotte’s Web with TheatreWorks USA. Many thanks to The Human Race for the opportunity.
Katie Sinicki is thrilled to be making her professional debut at The Race as Nora. Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Katie is a Junior BFA Acting major at Wright State University. Previous credits include: You Can’t Take It with You (Alice), Jane the Plain (Jane), The Children’s Hour (Karen u/s), and King Lear (Cordelia). Katie has studied at the Stella Adler Acting Studio Shakespeare Conservatory. Endless thanks to The Race for this opportunity, and to Marya, Ty, and her parents for their unyielding support. Colossians 3:17. Much love.
*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.