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
  • Audition Scheduling begins on May 20, 2024 for the 24-25 Season Auditions
  • Tara Lail
  • Creative Producer
  • Phone: (937) 461-3823 ext. 3113
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.

2024-25 Season Auditions (In-person)

Saturday, June 1, 2024          9pm – 6pm

Sunday, June 2, 2024             9am – 6pm

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

The maximum number of individuals allowed in the audition room will be 4.

The maximum number of individuals in the holding room will be 6.

Auditions will be held for roles in:

MS. HOLMES & MS. WATSON – APT 2B, Kate Hamill (regional premiere)

A FROSTY NIGHT, Mark Brown (world premiere)


CAMELOT (small cast version), Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe
Book Adapted by David Lee, New Orchestrations by Steve Orich

THE COMEUPPANCE, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (regional premiere)


Audition appointments are available starting on May 20, 2024.

Call Tara Lail, Creative Producer, at 937-461-3823 x 3113 between ­­­­­­­­­­10 am and 4 pm, M – F.

— No voice messages please.  Call back.  No emails please. —

  • Video Submissions will be accepted May 28 – June 3 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.

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 abilities, gender identities, and ethnicities.




Be prepared with two contrasting contemporary 1.5-minute monologues.


32 bars each of two Musical Theatre songs pre-1991


32 bars each of two Musical Theatre songs pre-1991 AND

Two one-minute contrasting contemporary monologues


Auditions will be held for the following productions and roles:

by Kate Hamill
First Rehearsal: September 16, 2024
Performances:  October 9 – 20, 2024

This fast-paced romp re-examines the world’s most famous detective story with a bold new feminist lens. In this highly theatrical escapade, oddball female roommates Sherlock (yes, it’s also a girl’s name—wait, is it a girl’s name? Is it even a name?) Holmes & Joan Watson join forces. They emerge from the pandemic fog as a deeply codependent, quasi-dysfunctional Odd Couple adventure duo—solving mysteries and kicking butts, until they come face-to-face with a villain who seems to have all of the answers.

Ms. Joan Watson female-identifying, 30s – 50s. American. Formerly type-A high-achiever. Recently divorced; struggling to find herself, feels broken. Reflexively defensive. Once had great bedside manner. Sometimes accused of being a loser; is not a loser. Wry. Smart.

Moriarty, Inspector Lestrade & Elliot Monk   male-identifying, 30s – 50s

Moriarty: a criminal so great you’ve never heard of him. A master blackmailer; knows just when to play his cards. Always playing psychological 3-D chess; operating on a different level than civilians. Wears many masks. A professional. Amoral, but you’d like him.

Lestrade: an inspector new to his position at Scotland Yard. Not very imaginative. Often says the wrong thing.

Elliot Monk: an amoral tech billionaire from Texas.

Irene Adler, Mrs. Hudson, & Mrs. Drebber  female-identifying, late 20s – 40s

Irene Adler: a whip-smart, super-charming sex worker finding success at the highest levels. Always playing psychological 3-D chess; operating on a totally different level than civilians. Has incredible charm, confidence, and wit, and she knows it—uses it without mercy. You may want to be Irene, or you may want to be with Irene; but you can’t ignore her.

Mrs. Hudson: Holmes & Watson’s long-suffering landlady.

Mrs. Drebber: seemingly an ordinary housewife. Somebody you would be very wise not to underestimate.

Ms. Sherlock Holmes  female-identifying, 30s – 40s. A once-in-a-generation genius. Eccentric. Focused, to a fault. Can be less-than-sensitive. Always playing psychological 3-D chess; operating on a totally different level than civilians. Like many geniuses, has a megalomaniac streak. Gets bored easily; likes applause; sometimes accused of being unfeeling. LOVES costumes and drama.

by Mark Brown
A World Premiere
First Rehearsal:  November 18, 2024
Performances:  December 11 – 22, 2024

In this world premiere farce, Mark Brown takes on winter with a twist! Sharon Frosty, Frosty the Snowman’s wife, knows he’s up to no good and follows his trail to the North Pole. Will she catch him in the act?

Sharon Frosty – female identifying, 30s – 50s depressed, desperate, jaded.

Mrs. Claus – female identifying, 30s – 50s vivacious, sexy, breezy.

Snowman – male identifying, 30s – 50s, comedic timing, some physical comedy a must.

by Kareem Fahmy
First Rehearsal: January 13, 2025
Performances:  February 5 – 16, 2025

In the tranquil hush of a library that straddles the U.S. – Canada border, life is about to change. When an Iranian father and daughter, separated by the international border, start using the library as a meeting place, the French-Canadian librarian, an American customs agent, and a local teenager find their quiet lives suddenly full of excitement and consequence. Inspired by true events, A Distinct Society is a touching and funny new play about the many things – family, food, art, love, and politics – that can either divide or unite us.

Peyman Gilani – Mail identifying in his 50s. Iranian. A cardiac surgeon. Speaks with a Persian accent, He is grounded.

Manon Desjardins – Female identifying in her 40s. White French-Canadian. The Head Librarian at the Haskell Free Library. Speaks with a Québécois accent. She is enigmatic.

Declan Sheehan – Male identifying15-year-old boy. White Canadian. A high school student, The child of Northern Irish immigrants to Québec. Speaks with the slightest hint of a Canadian accent. He is lonely.

Bruce Laird – Male identifying in his mid-to-late 30s. Black American. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent. He is charming.

Shirin Gilani – Female identifying in her mid-20s. Iranian. Peyman’s daughter. A medical student. Her Persian accent is milder than her father’s. She is forthright.

CAMELOT (small cast version)
Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Book Adapted by David Lee
New Orchestrations by Steve Orich
First Rehearsal:  March 3, 2025
Performances:  March 26 – April 13, 2025

Embark on a majestic journey to a realm where honor, dignity, and morality pave the way for a new era under the youthful King Arthur’s reign.  This tightly focused adaptation of the classic musical Camelot breathes new life into the legendary love triangle with the same musical favorites “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Lusty Month of May,” “I Loved You Once In Silence,” and “Camelot”.

Reveler #1, Squire Dap, Mordred – identifies as male, age range 18-30, baritone

Reveler #2, Dinadan – identifies as male, age range 18-35, tenor/baritone

Reveler #3, Sagramore – age range 18-35, tenor/baritone

Reveler #4, Lionel – age range 18-35, alto/tenor

Reveler #5, Tom – age range 16-18, all voice parts considered

Reveler #6, Arthur – identifies as male, charming and grounded visionary, age range 30-45, baritone

Reveler #7, Guenevere – identifies as female, warrior queen, age range 25-35, soprano

Reveler #8, Lancelot – identifies as male, alluring and skilled knight who knows it, age range 25-45, baritone

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
First Rehearsal:  May 5, 2025
Performances:  May 28 – June 8, 2025

As the sun sets on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, a close-knit group of former classmates—once known as the “Multi-Ethnic Reject Group”—reunites to pre-game the monumental night. Bonded in their youth as outsiders, they now navigate the complexities of adulthood with humor, heart, and a hint of nostalgia.

Emilio – He/Him, any ethnicity, mid to late 30s. A Berlin-based installation artist who has spent the last two years becoming accustomed to being a father, or as he would describe it, his “COVID Project.”

Ursula – She/Her, any ethnicity, mid to late 30s, visually impaired. The residue of her grandmother’s passing and a failed surgical attempt to save her eye has left her with a hesitancy for life, so much so that she refuses to attend the twenty-year reunion.

Caitlin – She/Her, any ethnicity, mid to late 30s. A stepmother to the children of a well-known congressman. Death pluralizes itself in her life through a string of multiple miscarriages.

Kristina – She/Her, any ethnicity, mid to late 30s. A derma surgeon whose marriage to a resentful general surgeon has perceivably driven her from a “straightedge” identity to a drinking habit that is cause for worry.

Francisco – He/Him, any ethnicity, mid to late 30s. A medically discharged military serviceman. His accident has left him with seizure-inducing PTSD.

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.