For the 39th Season, we delved into “What makes us better humans?” exploring how faith, community, service, and personal guidance influence the choices we make.

This inquiry ties back to our core mission: to startle us into a renewed awareness of ourselves. Our founders—Suzy Bassani, Caryl Philips, and Sara Exley—envisioned our theatre as a platform to express humanity’s vast emotions and experiences. We invite you to our 39th season, promising a captivating blend of love, hope, fear, beliefs, and joys. With pleasure and anticipation, we now share the 39th year of The Human Race Theatre Company: Re/action

The 2024 – 25 Season features five productions, combining fresh and favorite works, all showcased in the unique style of The Human Race Theatre Company.

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B

By Kate Hamill
Cheerfully Desecrating the Stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Director Heather Wilson-Bowlby

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.

Prepare for an evening of laughter, suspense, and empowerment as Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B takes you on an unforgettable adventure that redefines heroism, friendship, and the art of deduction.

Recommended if you liked The 39 Steps, Deadline, Shipwrecked!

A Frosty Night

By Mark Brown

Director Emily N. Wells

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 that he’s up to no good and follows his trail to the North Pole. Will she catch him in the act? Laugh ‘til you’re blue with this adults-only comedy.

Recommended if you liked Reindeer Sessions, Who’s Holiday, This is Tom Jones!

A Distinct Society

By Kareem Fahmy

Director Brant Russell

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.

Experience a story of borders transcended by the universal search for connection, proving that even in the quietest places, life can echo with excitement and profound significance.

Recommended if you liked The Cake, Gloria.

Camelot

Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Book Adapted by David Lee
New Orchestrations by Steve Orich

Director Emily N. Wells
Music Director Ian Axness

MARCH 26 – APRIL 6, 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.” Witness as this beloved musical is reborn, offering a spellbinding experience that celebrates love, leadership, and the quest for an ideal world.

Recommended if you liked Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, Oliver!

The Comeuppance

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Director Latrelle Bright

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. Brilliantly witty, theatrical, and moving, The Comeuppance focuses on millennials reckoning with the world they will soon inherit. This play is a toast to the ties that bind us, the past that shapes us, and the future we step into together.

Recommended if you liked peerless, Lizzie, Heathers.

Season Subscription Options

We look forward to sharing these stories with you throughout the upcoming year. Subscriptions come many sizes and suited to any budget, and offer the best value with the most flexibility including our new Generation HRTC rate for ages 20-40! Can’t commit? Choose our membership program instead. By popular demand, a Parents Day Out Series is available at no additional charge. Military and student discounts available. Renewals will begin at the end of April and new subscriptions are available at any time.

All tickets are available through Dayton Live Box Office at 937-228-3630 or daytonlive.com.


The Human Race expresses gratitude for the public and private support which makes these productions possible.

Sustainability sponsors: Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, ELM Foundation, and Morris Furniture Company

Additional Season support: Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts, Erma R. Catterton Trust, The Shubert Foundation

Organizational support: Culture Works, Montgomery County, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Dayton Region Arts Renewal Grant

Media Sponsor: WDPR Discover Classical

Pay What You Can Sponsor: Enterprise Holdings Foundation