Introducing the 2017 – 2018 Season

It’s our 31st season! We’re proud to announce a “season of laughs” with five new and modern classic comedies. With a few titles and authors you may know and others that are definitely new to you, you’re sure to laugh, likely to think, and guaranteed to be entertained by the unique experience that comes with our live performances in the intimate Loft Theatre.

Current 2016-2017 Loft subscribers, you have until April 24 to secure your same seats for 2017-2018. We’re also taking new subscription reservations for 3-, 4- and 5-play packages and will begin seating on May 8. Questions about subscriptions? Please call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630.

The 2017-2018 Eichelberger Loft Series Lineup:

Legendale

  • music by Andrea Daly book and lyrics by Jeff Bienstock
  • story by Bienstock and Daly
  • directed by John Simpkins
  • music direction by Scot Woolley

American Premiere
September 7 – October 1, 2017

Andy’s favorite way to escape his miserable job and humdrum life is the online game “Legendale.” He dreams of victory in its new tournament and winning the grand prize to become “the Lord of Legendale,” but is stuck competing as a lowly milkmaid. When things in the online world suddenly take a strange turn, Andy and his avatar must both discover their inner warrior. A blend of romance, adventure and virtual reality with a pop-infused score, it’s an inspiring tale like no other that’s sure to delight.
Tickets on sale May 30, 2017.

The House

  • by Brian Parks
  • directed by Margarett Perry

Midwest Premiere
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.
Tickets on sale August 1, 2017.

“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.”
Ithaca Journal

Sex with Strangers

  • by Laura Eason
  • directed by Greg Hellems

February 1 – 18, 2018

Failed novelist Olivia meets Ethan, a celebrated (and much younger) writer made famous by his sexcapade tell-all blog, at a snowbound bed and breakfast, and their mutual attraction quickly gets hot and heavy. As a weekend tryst develops into a long-term romance, their personal and professional lives collide. Ethan seeks legitimacy, dismissing his bad boy reputation as nothing more than an invented character. Olivia has her doubts, but craves for the literary fame Ethan can offer her. Ambition, identity and trust are in play when online personas clash with real world expectations in this smart, steamy take on modern love.
Tickets on sale October 30, 2017.

“A sexy romantic comedy strictly for grown-upsa bodice ripper with a brain.”
The Washington Post

Brighton Beach Memoirs

  • 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.
Tickets on sale January 29, 2018.

“Hilarious comedyHis finest playA delightful and enriching experience.”
– CBS TV

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

  • by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
  • directed by Aaron Vega

May 31 – June 24, 2018

Get ready for a show like no other. It’s an irreverent, roller-coaster ride with the Bard that will leave you breathless with laughter as three incredibly talented actors take on all 37 of his plays in just 97 minutes…with a good amount of creative editing. Part improv-run-amok, part audience participation, all delightfully absurd, this merry mashup for the whole family leaves no funny bone untickled and features a comic troupe lead by one of Ohio’s finest Shakespearian actors, Human Race Resident Artist Bruce Cromer.
Tickets on sale January 29, 2018.

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!”
The Today Show

Productions, artists, performance dates and prices subject to change.