General Contact Info

General Human Race questions:  (937) 461-3823

Box Office/Ticket questions: (937) 228-3630

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Press Contact
Costume Rentals and Donations
Submission Policy
At The Human Race, we offer development programs to assist playwrights by providing readings, workshops and sometimes, full productions.  Because we are a small company, we are very selective on the works that we choose to develop – and always a variety of factors apply;  ie: subject matter, size of cast, our ability to provide what the playwright needs.  If you want us to consider your play,  please submit the following:
  • Title of your play
  • Synopsis of your play
  • Number of characters (note if any double casting)
  • Short playwright bio
  • List any readings/workshops/performances of your play (private or public)

Email to Emily N. Wells, Artistic Director:

Please allow up to 3 months for a reply.

What’s on your mind?

The beauty of theatre is the dialogue it creates among our audience members. We love hearing what you think. So… send us an email and let us know. Did you like a show? Do you have an opinion on a idea or topic in one of our shows? Are you a fan of one of the performers? Do you have a suggestion for a show you’d like to see? Would you like to volunteer to help on a Board committee?

Send us an email:

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much are tickets?

Individual show prices vary depending on your preferred performance and seating location. Preview performances are the least expensive, and weeknights cost less than weekends. Tickets to productions in the Loft Theatre typically range from $10 - $53, but are subject to change. Discounts for seniors, military, and students are available.

Are your shows family friendly?

As a contemporary theatre company, most of our productions on the Loft season are suitable for adults and older teens as they frequently contain adult language and subject matter. If you are interested to know if a certain production is suitable for younger teens or preteens, please feel free to call or email us. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted at our productions in the Loft Theatre.

What days and times do you have shows?

Day / Time
Preview / First Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Opening / First Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays / 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays / 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays / 8:00 p.m.
Fridays / 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays / 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Evening / 7:00 p.m. (First Sunday only)
Sunday Matinees / 2:00 p.m.

When should I arrive at the theatre?

We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain when the theatre doors open, especially if you have tickets waiting at Will Call. The Loft lobby is open two hours prior to curtain. While you wait for the show to start, feel free to enjoy a drink or snack from the Loft Bar.

What happens if I’m late to my performance?

Performances begin promptly. Latecomers will be seated at the house manager’s discretion, and may have to watch the performance on a video monitor in the lobby until they can be seated. Patrons who leave the Loft Theatre during a performance may—at the sole discretion of the house manager—be re-seated, although possibly in different seats, during the performance. This is a policy we must enforce without exception, due to the layout of the Loft and for the safety of our actors and enjoyment of audience members.

Can I exchange my tickets?

If you are a Loft subscriber and the tickets in question were purchased as part of a subscription package, they may be exchanged for free (no fees) until one hour before curtain the day before your scheduled performance. There may be an up-charge if you exchange into a more expensive performance.

Non-subscribers may exchange their tickets for a different performance of the same show for a flat $5 fee until one hour before curtain the day before your scheduled performance. Exchanges can be made by phone (937-228-3630) or in person.

Otherwise, if at the last minute you are unable to use your tickets, you may turn them in as a contribution to The Human Race Theatre Company. The value of the donated tickets is tax-deductible and acknowledged by mail. Tickets for past performances cannot be considered a donation.

There are no refunds.

Can I look at a seating chart of the Loft Theatre space?

What accessibility aids do you offer?

Free assistive listening devices are available at the Loft box office prior to the performance by exchanging a license or credit card. No advance reservations are required.

Scripts for those with hearing loss are available with two weeks’ notice. Contact Tara Lail for more information.

The Metropolitan Arts Center building and Loft Theatre are fully ADA accessible.

If you require wheelchair seating, please contact Dayton Live directly at 937-228-3630.

We are working toward providing audio & visual interpretive capabilities at every performance from every seat. Please reach out to us with any questions.

What are the box office’s hours?

Dayton Live
Phone: 937-228-3630

Schuster Performing Arts Center lobby
One West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Loft Theatre lobby
126 North Main Street
3rd Floor
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Open two hours prior to performance only

Are there any service fees?

Dayton Live charges a $3 per ticket Preservation Fee on all tickets. (The Human Race already includes this fee on all stated ticket prices.)

Ticket Center Stage charges an additional 16% per ticket Service Fee on all tickets purchased online and by phone.

Can I get discounted tickets?

The Human Race Theatre Company has created a variety of discount options in order to make theatre an accessible art form for all audiences.

Human Race Memberships

You'll be in great company with our monthly Membership Plan, which allows you to join an exclusive group, get early access to prime seats, and enjoy special extras throughout the season.


Flexible Show Packages

Choose from 3-show or 4-show options for the 2022-23 season. This season, we’re offering two curated experiences, as well as a build-your-own adventure option.


Pay What You CAN Night

Get a sneak peek at our productions and support a great cause. Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. prior to the opening of a show, we offer audiences the opportunity to attend an open rehearsal. The price of a ticket: bring a cash donation of your choice that will go to one of a number of The Human Race’s partnering non-profit, service-based organizations, or a non-perishable food item for The Foodbank. Tickets are first-come, first-served and are handed out starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Loft lobby. One ticket per person.

$17 and $29 Side Seats

Buy early and save. We offer a limited number of seats to each performance for as little as $20. These seats are available as soon as tickets go on sale.

“Sawbuck Sunday”

The first Sunday 7:00 p.m. performance of each Loft Series production: At 5:00 p.m., all available seats are $10 cash (a “sawbuck”). Tickets available at the Loft box office day of show for walk up sales only. One ticket per person.

Group Tickets

Groups of 10 or more receive discounts starting at 10% off. Contact Betty Gould at (937) 461-8295 for more information and to book your group.

Special Discounts

Members of the following groups receive discounts of 50% off full priced adult tickets with presentation of valid ID upon purchase of tickets. There is a maximum of two tickets per ID. Tickets are based upon availability and may not be combined with other offers or discounts, or be applied retroactively.

  • Actors’ Equity Association members
  • League of Cincinnati Theatres members
  • City of Dayton current employees
  • U.S. Military members (active duty and retired): Blue Star military tickets
  • Students (may be ordered online but ID must be shown at Will Call to pick up tickets)
Do you make ticket donations to local organizations?

The Human Race does provide ticket vouchers to select regional non-profit organizations for use as a fundraising tool. Please provide us with at least one month’s notice prior to your event. Contact Tara Lail at (937) 461-3823 x3113 for more information.


There are no positions open at this time.

2023-24 Season Auditions (In-person)

We’ve announced our 2023-2024 season, Stories in Motion, and we’re excited to open auditions and ultimately bring these incredible stories to life. All of the details are below.

Plays only: Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 9 AM – 6 PM

Plays & Musicals: Sunday, April 23, 2023 | 9 AM – 6 PM


HRTC Rehearsal Studio | 126 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45402

The maximum number of individuals allowed in the audition room is 4.
The maximum number of individuals in the holding room is 6.

Set-up an audition appointment:

Audition appointments are available starting on Tuesday, April 11.

Call Tara Lail, Creative Producer, at 937-461-3823 x 3113 between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

** No voice messages, please. Call back. No emails, please. **

Video Submissions:

Video Submissions will be accepted April 17 – 23 and should be emailed to Tara Lail:

The Human Race Theatre Company encourages auditions from performers of all ages, races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.



  • Be prepared with two contrasting contemporary 1.5-minute monologues.


  • 32 bars each of two pop comedy songs.


  • 32 bars each of two pop comedy songs AND
  • Two one-minute contrasting contemporary monologues

Auditions will be held for the following shows & roles:


(World Premiere)
Music by Paul Mirkovich
Book & Lyrics by Mark Brown

First Rehearsal: August 14, 2023
Performances: September 7 – 24, 2023

The 1960s British Pop Invasion meets the greatest novel ever written! THIS IS TOM JONES! takes Henry Fielding’s thrilling adventure of the heart masterpiece and sets it to that frenzied mop-top-led era of music of the 1960s known as the British Invasion. Aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound in this bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England.

Man 1 – Baritone/Bari-tenor – 30’s
PARTRIDGE, the narrator
SQUARE, Philosophy tutor. Hypocrite.
BARBER, actually is Partridge under a different name

Man 2 – Baritone – 40’s – 50’s; only ensemble vocals
SQUIRE ALLWORTHY, Tom’s guardian. Lives up to his name
BLACK GEORGE, one of Allworthy’s servants
HIGHWAYMAN, an outlaw
FITZPATRICK, Harriet Fitzpatrick’s husband. A hot-headed Irishman.

Man 3 – Baritone/Bass-baritone – mid 20’s
CAPTAIN BLIFIL, Bridgit Allworthy’s husband. A conniving blowhard
BLIFIL, Captain Blifil and Bridgit Allworthy’s son. A simpering, manipulative & annoying prig
SUSAN, employee at the Upton Inn. Surly, sex crazed and quick to anger.

Man 4 – Tenor – mid 20’s 
TOM JONES, Squire Allworthy’s ward. Sexy. Charming.

Man 5 – Bari-tenor – 40’s – 50’s
SQUIRE WESTERN, Sophie’s father. Foulmouthed. Lacks social graces
FIRST ACT DOWLING, Squire Allworthy’s lawyer

Woman 1 – Mezzo – 50’s
BRIDGET ALLWORTHY, Squire Allworthy’s sister. Not the prettiest girl on the block.
DOCTOR, pretty much what it sounds like
MISS WESTERN, Squire Western’s sister. A know-it-all spinster.
MRS.WHITEFIELD, owner of the Upton Inn. A bit of a nervous Nellie. Has a dark side.
LADY BELLASTON, Sophie Western’s cousin. A high society cougar.
SECOND ACT DOWLING, Squire Allworthy’s lawyer

Woman 2 – Mezzo – 30’s – 40’s
DEBORAH WILKINS, servant to Squire Allworthy. Ribald and indelicate.*
MOLLY, Black George’s daughter. Lowest hanging fruit on the tree when it comes to shagging.
HONOUR, Sophie Western’s handmaiden. Loyal. Sassy.*
CECILIA, Harriet Fitzpatrick’s handmaiden. Loyal.*
JANE, Lady Bellaston’s servant. Sassy.*
DEBORAH, HONOUR, CECILIA and JANE are quadruplets.

Woman 3 – Mezzo – 40’s
JENNY JONES, Tom Jones’ presumed mother.
THWAKUM, religion tutor.
MRS WATERS, one of Tom Jones’ lovers. Turns out to be Jenny Jones under a different name. MASKED WOMAN

Woman 4 – Soprano – 20’s 
SOPHIE WESTERN, Squire Western’s daughter. Determined. Not easily pushed around. Pretty.
HARRIET FITZPATRICK, Sophie Western’s cousin. Escaping a bad marriage.


By Pearl Cleage

First Rehearsal: October 2, 2023
Performances: October 26 – November 12, 2023

After decades of self-imposed exile in Amsterdam, actress Anna Campbell and her manager Betty Sampson receive an invitation to remount their controversial performance piece “Naked Wilson.” Uncertain of her reception, Anna meets her possible replacement, an ambitious young performer chosen whose experience is limited to the adult entertainment industry. These two women confront their differing world views with humor, grace and still manager to find common ground.

Betty Samsona 65-year-old African American woman; manager/agent; looking for a home

Anna Campbella 65-year-old African American woman; actress and performance artist; looking for a future

Kate Hughesa 45-year-old African American woman; producer; looking for a hit

Precious “Pete” Watsona 25-year-old African American woman; burlesque artist; looking for a change


(World Premiere)
By Eric Ulloa

First Rehearsal: November 27, 2023
Performances: December 13 – 23, 2023

After a fight that left history’s most famous reindeer with a broken red nose, Blitzen is forced into a series of Anger Management therapy sessions by Kringle Enterprises. Tasked with finding the cause of his violent outburst, his therapist Dr. Arbor hopes to help him understand what led him to this moment and if he can save his job on the reindeer squad. What she doesn’t expect is a hilarious journey through what really happened on that foggy Christmas Eve. you won’t look at the North Pole the same way again in this hilarious and unexpected ride!

Dr. Arbor – 50, female-identifying psychologist, quirky, who has lost her belief in holiday magic

Blitzen – 30s, male-identifying reindeer, stuck in his glory days, anger management issues, thwarted artist


By Donald Margulies

First Rehearsal: January 29, 2024
Performances: February 22 – March 10, 2024

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man0eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED! examines how far we’re willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.

Louis de Rougemont – 60’s, male-identifying. A dreamer and explorer who wants to share his adventures with the world.

Player #1 – 20’s – 40’s female-identifying. Physically agile. Plays or gives voice to multiple roles

Player #2 – 20’s – 40’s male-identifying. Physically agile. Plays or gives voice to multiple roles


By Jiehae Park

First Rehearsal: April 1, 2024
Performances: April 25 – May 12, 2024

Asian-American twins M and L have given up everything to get into The College. So, when D, a one-sixteenth Native American classmate gets “their” spot instead, they figure they’ve got only one option: kill him. A darkly comedic take on Shakespeare’s MACBETH about the very ambitious and the cut-throat world of high school during college admissions.

All roles must appear to be high-school senior age.

M – L’s twin sister. Asian heritage. 

L – M’s twin sister. Asian heritage. Strategic, manipulative.

BF – M’s boyfriend. Black. 

D – male, looks (really) white. Native American heritage. Doubles as D’s Brother.

Dirty Girl – a.k.a. That Weird Girl in High School. White. Doubles as Preppy Girl.

About The Human Race Theatre Company

The Human Race Theatre Company is a professional theatre that works under a Small Professional Theatre Contract (SPT 6) and performs in the Loft Theatre, a 212-seat thrust stage.

Emily N.  Wells, Artistic Director | Kappy Kilburn, Executive Director | Tara Lail, Creative Producer

  • Rehearsals are primarily Monday – Friday evenings, and daytime on weekends.
  • Auditions are open to Non-Equity and Equity Actors (unless otherwise noted), with Non-Equity actors having the opportunity to join the Equity Membership Candidacy Program.
  • We are looking for age-appropriate actors.
  • All roles open to all gender identities and ethnicities.


Productions and Beyond

The Loft Season

Our signature subscription season at the Loft Theatre consists of plays and musicals, classics, and premieres. Productions on the Loft Season are rehearsed, built and produced in Dayton. The Human Race produces under a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers.

The Victoria Theatre

From time to time, we present special events on the historic 1,100-seat theatre’s stage, like 2015’s Lewis Black in Concert and 2017’s co-production of A Christmas Story with the Victoria Theatre.

Monday Night Playreading Series

Throughout the season, we will be hosting table readings of plays considered to be some of the best the theatre world has to offer, and all works of interest to The Human Race as potential full-productions.  Open to the public and voiced by many of the region’s top performers, these readings provide an opportunity for theatre lovers to hear and enjoy scripts they may not be able to experience otherwise.

Preview Performance

Our preview performance is on the Thursday evening prior to our Friday evening openings. In the tradition of Broadway, it offers a significantly reduced ticket price and is available for both subscription and single ticket buyers. (See Inside Track)

Pay What You CAN Open Rehearsal

A special sneak peek with the admittance of a cash donation of your choosing that will go to a not-for-profit service organization (which varies on a production-by-production basis) or canned goods/non-perishable food items to The Foodbank. This serves community needs as well as patrons who may find the regular performances more than their budgets can afford.

Pay What You CAN open rehearsals occur at 8:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the preview performance of productions in the Loft series. Numbers are handed out to patrons at 6:30 p.m. and they are admitted in order when the house opens at 7:30 p.m.

Inside Track

A pre-show discussion with the show’s director held in the Loft Lobby 45 minutes prior to the Thursday Preview. This is an opportunity for the audience to meet the director and learn about the creative process of producing the play they are about to see.

While We’re on the Subject

A moderated discussion held with the cast and the audience members immediately following the matinee performance on the second Sunday of a production. Frequently, a guest speaker joins the group to offer unique commentary concerning the topics brought to light by the production.

The Loft Bar

Soda, wine, beer, mixed drinks and snack items are available in our lobby for every show. Drinks may be taken into the Loft during the performance.

Education & Engagement Programs

Learning & Engagement

With our Stages and Stories program, The Human Race works with social service organizations and community partners to provide arts learning opportunities for those not served by traditional Arts Education programs.  These opportunities range from paid internships and job shadowing to playwrighting workshops for teens to adults.

Throughout each season, we partner with other Dayton organizations to present conversations around the material and themes of the productions.  These opportunities allow us to open our doors for civil discourse while raising awareness about opportunities and challenges in our community.

Special Events

The Human Race plans special productions, concerts and fundraising events each season to enhance our audience’s experience. Examples include holiday productions, Lewis Black in concert at the Victoria Theatre, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Concert and Mardi Gras fundraisers.