by Tom Dudzick
directed by Margarett Perry
November 3 – 20, 2016
Plucky novice Mary is causing trouble again, teaching her own unorthodox views on God to the third graders at Saint Aloysius Catholic Elementary School, where she’s hardly a favorite with her conservative Mother Superior. Mary’s aspirations of becoming a nun are in further jeopardy when her childhood sweetheart reappears and declares his love. Will she give up a life of Sisterhood for the man of her dreams? Or will she choose another path and listen to an eccentric priest who proclaims her to be the world’s next savior in this delightful comedy that puts the “fun” in fundamentalism.
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
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)
Mr. Dudzick is one of the few playwrights who makes a living at it. His first play, a Christmas tale called Greetings!, opened at New York’s John Houseman Theatre and starred Darren McGavin and Greg Edelman. It is now a holiday favorite across the country and has had well over one hundred productions. His next play, Over the Tavern, the first in a semi-autobiographical trilogy, has over two hundred productions under its belt, with many box office records broken throughout the U.S. The Irish adaptation, Over the Pub, also broke the box office record at Cork Arts Theatre in Ireland. Tom has written eight plays to date, most published by Playscripts, Inc. He was recently honored with a memorial plaque embedded in front of his boyhood home in Buffalo. And an even greater honor – he was once a question on Jeopardy! www.tomdudzick.com
Margarett is an award-winning director of new plays. She is a regular at The Human Race Theatre Company where her credits include 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. She is currently in development with Center Theatre Group on Brian Dykstra’s Use to Was (Maybe Did) and her production of the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck is currently running at San Francisco Playhouse. Other upcoming projects include Shrek the Musical at Connecticut Rep and Clean Alternatives by Brian Dykstra at The Kitchen Theatre. www.margarettperry.com
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 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.
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 Sweeney Todd, One Slight Hitch, Steel Magnolias, The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical, 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 costumed Boeing Boeing and Parade, both joint productions of CCM and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. She is a retired Norwood City Schools artistic director/teacher where she directed, designed, and costumed over 150 shows. She is thankful to her husband and children for putting up with many years of theatrical insanity.
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 is a HRTC veteran and Resident Artist. Sound Design/Original Composition credits: Sweeney Todd; Master Class; The Glass Menagerie; The Santaland Diaries; The Full Monty; Taking Shakespeare; Crowns and others. Music Director/Musician credits: Fiddler on the Roof; Mame; Play It by Heart; Next to Normal; Avenue Q; and Red-Blooded, All-American Man as Sound Designer/Conductor/Co-Music Director/Guitarist/Arranger (take your pick). Jay has designed sound/incidental music for countless voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations, as well as conjuring sound at many venues throughout the region. He owns/runs a professional recording studio (Ardmore Underground) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.
Lexi is happy to be returning to the Loft Theatre, where her previous productions include 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 graduate of Wright State University, where she received her BFA in Stage Management. She is also thrilled to be joining Actors’ Equity Association with this production.
Claire was recently seen on the Loft stage in The Glass Menagerie and is thrilled to be back celebrating HRTC’s 30th Season! Previously with The Human Race: Lend Me a Tenor, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol and Shenandoah. New York/Regional: Welcome to America (New World’s Theatre Project), The Tempest (Eureka Suitcase), Signs from God, The More Beyond (The Puzzle Festival), Into the Woods (90XArts), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, The Odyssey (The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Infinitely Yours (Presque Isle Guest Artist), Midsummer… (ESC), among others. Film: Life in a Box with Cerisaie Films, Check Please, Amnesia Party, Sushi Tushi (filming 2017), among others. Claire is overjoyed to finally work with the lovely Margarett Perry and she’d like to congratulate the entire HRTC family for their amazing 30 seasons of uplifting hearts and minds through theatre. She’d also like to thank Kevin, Tara, Scott and the late Marsha Hanna for their years of love and support and for always making her feel like she’s “come home.” Claire lives in NYC and is a proud alum of Wright State University’s Professional Actor Training Program. www.TheClaireKennedy.com, @OneClassyClaire.
Off-Broadway: Channeling Kevin Spacey, St. Luke’s. Mark Snyder’s As Wide as I Can See at HERE Arts Center. Wild by Crystal Skillman with Sanguine Theatre Company. “Pozzo” in Waiting for Godot with Overturn Theatre. Also development with Signature Theatre, Labyrinth Theatre Company, Lark Play Development Center, New Federal and others. Regional: Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, directed by the late Vinnette Carroll, “Bottom” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. in Boston. Training: BFA, SUNY Purchase, Maggie Flanigan Studio.
Andréa is delighted to join The Human Race again, after playing Estelle in last season’s The Full Monty. She has worked nationally as an actor and teaching artist, most recently landing in Ohio. Select regional credits include Parallel Lives (Magnolia Theatre Company), #othello and Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil (HRTC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and The Comedy of Errors (Richmond Shakespeare Festival), New Kid (Adventure Stage Chicago), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (ATC), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (HCTF), A Chorus Line (NightBlue Theatre), and The Blue Room (N2T). Andréa has worked on numerous world premieres, including Not Your Generic Latina, The Toymaker’s War, and The Sun Serpent. Andréa served as Company Member for Childsplay (Phoenix), N2T (Phoenix), and Halcyon Theatre (Chicago). She is a Resident Artist of Magnolia Theatre Company (Dayton). ¡Mi familia es mi vida!
Scott helped to launch The Human Race’s 30th anniversary season with his critically acclaimed direction of Sweeney Todd, but he admits that he is pleased to return to the Loft stage as an actor. Among his many roles are these favorites: “Papa Charlie” in Shenandoah; “Werner Heisenberg” in Copenhagen; “Horton the Elephant” in Seussical; “Roy Cohn” in Angels in America and the title role in Sweeney Todd. Other recent, non-HRTC, roles include his 6th summer as various historical attorneys with Dayton History’s Old Case Files and “Gardner Church” in Painting Churches at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, FL.
Jennifer is delighted to make her HRTC debut. Previously with Margarett Perry: Call Me Waldo (Off-Broadway and the Kitchen Theatre), Sealed for Freshness (Off-Broadway), Romeo and Juliet (Ohio Theatre, NYC), and countless new play readings and workshops. Other Off-Broadway: The Flashing Stream, The “A” Word, Pera Palas, Women of Manahattan. Other NYC theatres: Lark, Red Fern, terraNOVA, Libra, CollaborationTown, Vital, E.S.T., NYC Fringe, etc. Regional theatres: Stamford Theatre Works, Dorset Theatre Festival, Denver Center. Film/TV: Congratulations Debby, Good Enough, Choice, A.B.C.D., Aaron Bacon, Law & Order: SVU, Callie & Izzy, “Julianna McKannis” on the Onion News Network. MFA, National Theatre Conservatory.
*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.