Introducing the 2018 – 2019 Season

It’s our 32nd season! We’re proud to announce “history in the making” – a five-show collection of works that examines specific moments in history—real and imaginary, corrects ancient history and revisits a part of the company’s own history. The season, featuring one fierce musical and four engaging plays, begins September 6, 2018. In addition to the fully-produced works on the Loft Series, HRTC is launching a new Monday Night Playreading Series with the table readings of three diverse, crowd-pleasing scripts.

Current 2017-2018 Loft subscribers, you have until May 14 to secure your same seats for 2018-2019 and to receive your drink vouchers. We’re also taking new subscription reservations for 3-, 4- and 5-play packages and will begin seating on May 31. Questions about subscriptions? Please call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630.

The 2018-2019 Eichelberger Loft Series Lineup:

Banned from Baseball

  • by Patricia O’Hara

World Premiere
September 6 – 23, 2018

It’s 1989 and a battle for the soul of Major League Baseball is brewing between Commissioner Bart Giamatti and Pete Rose, the reigning Hit King and manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Rose is accused of betting on baseball—even on his own team—an allegation he denies despite the mounting evidence. The intellectual Giamatti wants Rose’s confession, while the larger-than-life Rose wants the Commissioner to believe his denials. This collision of wills comes to a head as they meet face to face. If the charge proves to be true, “Charlie Hustle” could be banned from the game—for life—leaving a black mark on the sport both men love and forever tarnishing a living legend.
Tickets on sale summer 2018.

An Act of God

  • by David Javerbaum

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.

Around the World in 80 Days

  • by Mark Brown
  • adapted from the novel by Jules Verne

February 28 – March 17, 2019

Jules Verne’s classic tale springs to life in this clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family. Proper gentleman Phileas Fogg strikes a wager and sets off on a race that puts his fortune and life at risk. With his faithful servant at his side, he has just 80 days to circle the globe—an inconceivable feat in the year 1872! Fierce natives, furious typhoons, runaway trains, a damsel in distress and a dogged detective threaten to delay him at every step in this delightful, whirlwind odyssey that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to unexpected end.

Sylvia

  • by A.R. Gurney

April 25 – May 12, 2019

Middle-aged Greg brings home a dog he found—or rather, one that found him—in the park. With no other identification other than “Sylvia” on her nametag, she’s a street-smart mutt with a mind of her own and no shortage of opinions. Sylvia quickly becomes a major bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate. To him, she’s a welcome escape from an unhappy job and a loss of purpose. To Kate, Sylvia’s a slobbering, hairy rival for her husband’s affection. This ingenious take on a twisted love triangle leads to plenty of laughs and revelations on love and marriage…and a dog.

Lizzie

  • music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
  • lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
  • book by Tim Maner

June 13 – 30, 2019

“Lizzie Borden took an ax…” And we know what happened next. Or, do we? It’s a powerhouse rock-show retelling of the sensational—and bloody—double murder that shocked New England in the summer of 1892, as told through the fierce performances of four stellar actresses. What starts as the abuse and despair of a troubled woman results in a shocking act of revenge when she takes a hatchet to her oppressive father and stepmother. Charged with the killing of her parents, Lizzie becomes a media sensation even as the trial takes its toll on the relationships with those dearest to her.

The 2018-2019 Monday Night Playreading Series Lineup:

Sweat

  • by Lynn Nottage

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this fiery story explores identity, racial tension and economic politics in the industrial, blue-collar world of the American labor force. Set in hard-hit Reading, Pennsylvania, much of the action unfolds in a local bar where factory coworkers congregate to laugh and commiserate as layoffs loom in the new economy that no longer values things made with human labor – with sweat.

Hand to God

  • by Robert Askins

Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Mischief is at hand when a possessed Christian-ministry puppet named Tyrone and his awkward teen puppeteer, Jason, wreak havoc on their small Texas town. Jason’s mom is preparing the church puppet club to perform after Pastor Greg’s Sunday sermon, but foulmouthed Tyrone has different plans. It’s a struggle between good and evil suitable for adults only that’s so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny, you’re bound to be sore from laughing.

Fallen Angels

  • by Noël Coward

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

From one of England’s wittiest writers comes a farcical 1920s romantic romp turned titillating treat. Best friends Julia and Jane are both in stable—but sometimes boring—marriages. Their lives are turned upside down when a past lover of both ladies plans a visit. Should they be good wives, or give over to remembered passion? Nerves, alcohol and jealousy make for a hysterical reunion reminiscent of the hijinks of “Lucy and Ethel.”

Monday Night Playreading Series Tickets

Tickets to each reading are $20, with $15 discounted tickets on sale now to Loft Series subscribers. Single tickets go on sale to the general public this summer. Seating is general admission.

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