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Kevin Moore, President and Artistic Director

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Dayton, Ohio 45402

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Theatre in Context

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Teaching tomorrow's audiences today

Theatre In Context is a comprehensive educational initiative developed jointly by The Human Race Theatre Company and Muse Machine. As a curriculum-based program, it thematically links a fully-staged Loft Theatre production with an in-school touring production presented at junior and senior high schools throughout southwestern Ohio. Popular among both teachers and students, Theatre In Context is designed to inspire young audiences while dramatically enhancing literature, history and social studies by introducing additional materials and opportunities to underscore connections between the two plays featured each season.

In addition to the two productions each season, Theatre In Context also provides lesson plans, study guides, recommended reading and viewing lists, workshops and discussion opportunities on related subjects, and student tickets to the associated Loft production at a substantially reduced rate.

For the 2014-2015 Season, we presented the In-School Tour of

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Aaron Vega

One of Shakespeare’s most complex tragedies could be summed up in a take on a modern movie, Mean Boys. Jealousy and hate reign supreme. Isn’t Iago the model of a school-yard bully, intimidating and manipulating people to believe his version of events? Today he would use every method available to take down our unlikely hero, the outsider Othello. This 40-minute presentation will distill the issues and allow the students to assess whether characters in Othello are perpetrators and/or victims of bullying as we understand the term today.

#othello performed throughout October 2014, and is tied to our Loft Series production of Taking Shakespeare, onstage April 16 – May 3, 2015.

#othello was commissioned through the Marsha Hanna Memorial Fund specifically for our Theatre In Context program.

Study Guides
Download the #othello study guide   Web (low resolution) I Print (high resolution)
Download theTaking Shakespeare study guide   Web (low resolution) I Print (high resolution)

Theatre in Context is sponsored by
The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation
The Marsha Hanna Memorial Fund
Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
Muse Machine
Target Stores, Inc.
Vectren Incorporated

#othelloThe 2014 tour of #othello

#othelloThe 2014 tour of #othello

ChangeThe 2011 tour of Change

Belch, Bottom & the BoysThe 2010 tour of Belch, Bottom & the Boys

Will PowerThe 2007 tour of Will Power

AntigoneThe 2002 tour of Antigone

Past Theatre In Context Programs


In School Tour Production

Loft Series Production

The American Musical

A compilation of songs from famous musicals highlighting moments in American history

Fiddler on the Roof
A blockbuster musical about the village of Anatevka, where tradition is everything, but change is sweeping the land

Charles Dickens

A Dickens of a Time
A collection of performances from some of Dickens' most notable novels

An intimate re-imagining of Dicken's tale of an orphan who dared to want some more

A Time of Change

A look at three historical events and their impact on the lives of our youth

Caroline, or Change
A sung-thru musical about family change in 1963 Louisiana at the beginning of the civil rights movement

The Classical Period

Belch, Bottom & the Boys
An inside look at the "infamous" buffoons of Shakespeare

Twelfth Night
A unique setting of one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies

The Baroque Period

Tracing Commedia dell'arte devices from the Renaissance to now

Man of La Mancha
A musical adaptation of the classic novel, Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Myths and Legends

Original of Greek myths

Brother Wolf
An Appalachian retelling of Beowulf, produced in collaboration with traditional music and the dance company Rhythm in Shoes

Shakespeare’s Poetry

Will Power
Original of monologues and sonnets

Romeo and Juliet
A traditional staging of Shakespeare’s classic teenage love story

Mark Twain short stories

Be’Twixt and Be Twain
Original of Twain quips and short stories

Big River
The broadway musical of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn

Shakespeare's Tempest

The Tempest
An abbreviated version for school-age students

The Tempest
An impressionistic interpretation of Shakespeare

Soviet Socialism

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Concerning the Soviet practice of imprisoning political dissidents in mental institutions, produced in collaboration with The Dayton Philharmonic

John Steinbeck

The Steinbeck Show
Original of Steinbeck excerpts

Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck adapted this script from his novel

Classic Heroes

Original adaptation

Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller's modern classic

Temptations of Evil

An adaptation of The Devil and Daniel Webster

Shakespeare's tragic tale of a Scottish king

Hard copies of the study guides are available for most of the programs, upon request.