Submit your PLAYBOOK for fun and prizes!

Our inaugural PLAYBOOK experience is coming to a close. Thank you to all our fans who eagerly jumped in to support our theatre and played along all season.

Now it’s time to submit your GAMEBOARD for prizes.


There is also one more chance to stamp your partner event square – our game night at the Dayton Dragons on July 20! If you purchased tix to the game, please be sure to have us stamp your GAMEBOARD at the ballpark.

Also, summer is a great time to try one of our cultural or culinary partners that are highlighted on our GAMEBOARD!


The deadline for submission is August 1.

  1. Take a photo of your stamped PLAYBOOK GAMEBOARD
  2. Submit the photo, along with your full name, email and phone number, by email to Please include “Playbook Submission + [Your Name]” in the email subject line. The physical PLAYBOOK is your souvenir to keep.


  • All participants who submit their PLAYBOOK GAMEBOARD will receive a SEASON STAR pin to commemorate the 2022-2023 Season, as well as a voucher for 2 tickets to be used at one of the Loft Theatre shows next season.
  • If you completed the entire PLAYBOOK GAMEBOARD, you will be entered into a raffle to win an epic Human Race swag basket.
  • If you completed 12+ squares, you will be entered into a second-place raffle for a Human Race Hoodie and hat.
  • If you completed 6-11 squares, you’re eligible for the third-place prize of a Human Race Hat.

Winner announcement

Winners will be announced at the start of the new season and we will contact winners to coordinate prize pickup. If you aren’t the big winner this season, don’t worry, next year’s PLAYBOOK launches with the new 2023-2024 season.

Chillin’ & Grillin’

BARBECUE by Robert O’Hara, will be live at the Loft from April 13 to April 30. We’ve lined up a bevy of events and engagements to celebrate this hilarious and devastating comedy.

Free Community Barbecue

Saturday, April 15 | 2 TO 5 PM | The Inspiration Church

The Human Race Theatre Company in partnership with The Inspiration Church welcomes all Daytonians to come together for a memorable time of food, fun, and fellowship!




What’s a barbecue without the secret sauce? Swap your favorite barbecue recipes with other members of The Human Race family during the entire run of Barbecue.

We’ve created a recipe card for you to download and bring to any performance of BARBECUE:


So many ways to save on tickets to Barbecue

As always, there are multiple ways to get more laughs for less.

Pay what you CAN

Wednesday, April 12 at 8:00 PM – to gain admission, please bring a cash donation of any amount to benefit Samaritan Behavioral Health – CAM Program or a canned good/non-perishable food item to benefit The Foodbank.

Seating is first-come, first-served. Please arrive at the downstairs door no earlier than 6:30 pm.

Sawbuck Sunday $10 Tickets

Sunday, April 16 at 7:00 PM – all “last minute” tickets purchased starting at 5:30 pm for the 7 PM performance on 04/16/23 of Barbecue are only $10.

$10 Rush Tickets at Every Performance

We now offer 10 seats for $10 per ticket at each performance. Rush tickets are available for purchase in person when the Box Office opens 90 minutes before the show starts.

$20 Side Seats at Every Performance

Side seating is available at lower prices—$20 per ticket for every performance this season. Select these affordable seats online when you purchase your tickets through Dayton Live’s website.



Who’s Holiday! Parents’ Night Out

She’s back!  Cindy Lou Who returns to Dayton for The Human Race Theatre Company’s Who’s Holiday! in an irreverent, hilarious good time, not suitable for the whole family.

Playwright Matthew Lombardo serves up an antidote to the holiday blues with a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy about grown-up Cindy Lou Who.  She trips along memory lane as she prepares for a holiday party in her trailer just outside of Whoville. Cindy Lou reminisces about that fateful Christmas eve when she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has since taken. If you enjoyed Tuna Christmas or The Santaland Diaries in previous seasons, or even if you came to see Cindy Lou last year, join us again in filling the Loft Theatre with laughter from December 8 – 23, 2022.

Special “Parents’ Night Out” performances

Special “Parent’s Night Out” performances are scheduled at 5 PM on December 10, 17, 22 & 23, where kids 5-12 can enjoy a holiday-themed theatre workshop in the 2nd-floor rehearsal room from 4:30 – 6 PM while parents enjoy the show upstairs. The show’s short 60-minute run-time allows families to be home in time for dinner and bedtime!

“As a parent, I know the struggle is real to find childcare, especially the closer it gets to the holidays,” states HRTC Artistic Director Emily N. Wells. “The Human Race proudly partners with Dayton Live to offer these workshops to keep the kids learning and having a lot of fun, while parents and caregivers can kick back and enjoy a raucous time at the theatre.”


Play it Forward this Holiday

As the season of charitable giving continues, The Human Race expands its commitment to The Foodbank, with a barrel for non-perishable food items in the lobby. There is also a “Giving Tree” in partnership with Blue Star Families Dayton, adding a little extra cheer for active and reserve military families in the area.

Returning to the role of Cindy is hilarious Cincinnati native and Wright State graduate, Alex Sunderhaus. Who’s Holiday! is directed by Human Race Theatre Company Resident Artist and Wright State Artistic Director, Joe Deer. The production team returns for Cindy Lou’s festive holiday party, with Stage Manager Rachel Heine; Costume Designer Zoe Still; Scenic Designer Scott J. Kimmins; Lighting Designer John Rensel; Sound Designer Alexander Koker; Prop Master Sarah Gomes.

Special Nights at the theatre:

SAWBUCK Sunday: Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 PM. All tickets at the door are $10.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT: December 10, 17, 22, and 23 at 5:00 PM. Reserve your child’s spot when making your ticket reservations online.


Introducing EXIT STAGE LEFT Pilsner

Available starting December 2 at Branch & Bone Artisan Ales and performances of Who’s Holiday!

We are kindred organizations
inspired by the passion and spirit of the city that we call home.

Fiercely independent,
committed to service,
committed to creating great art.

And hell yes, when it’s done right, beer IS art.

Introducing EXIT STAGE LEFT Pilsner – ironically, a drama-free collaboration between Branch & Bone Artisan Ales and The Human Race Theatre Company.

Join us for Draft and Can Release Event