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APRIL 25 - MAY 12, 2024

Peerless

BY JIEHAE PARK
DIRECTOR MARYA SPRING CORDES ^

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

Recommended if you liked Macbeth, Lizzie.

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Special Performances

Inside Track:  April 25, 7:15 pm Join Artistic Director Emily Wells for a pre-show conversation in the lobby with the creative team.

While We’re On the Subject (Post show Talkback):  May 5, 2pm with the cast of peerless.

Parent’s Day Out Performance: May 11, 2pm  Drop off is at 1:30pm; allow a few minutes to fill out authorization forms. Purchase your tickets through Dayton Live, and register your children during the checkout process.

 

  • Tickets

    $10 - $53

  • Runtime

    TBD

  • Rating

    tbd

The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells

Creative ProducerTara Lail

Present:

Directed by MARYA SPRING CORDES ^

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR ALAN KIM

COSTUME DESIGNER MARIA F. ORTIZ

LIGHTING DESIGNER JOHN RENSEL

SCENIC DESIGNER RAY ZUPP

SOUND DESIGNER JAMES DUNLAP

PROPERTIES DESIGNER SARAH GOMES

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER CHARLIE CROMER

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

DINITHI FERNANDO

M

Dinithi is a current Acting major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to being an Acting major, Fernando is also a director, writer, and choreographer. Her credits include To Us With Love For Us By Us, Let the Right One In, When the Balloon Bursts, and Left Sock Club. She also recently attended the Summer

Physical Theatre Program at Accademia dell’Arte where she studied Commedia dell’Arte and Vocal Technique.

SYDNEY FREIHOFER *

DIRTY GIRL / PREPPY GIRL

Sydney is so excited to be returning to Dayton, Ohio for her first show with The Human Race Theatre Company! Sydney is a recent graduate of Wright State University, where they received her BFA in Acting. She is grateful to Marya for welcoming her back to Dayton for this amazing project! They are currently living in New York while being the female swing for Friends: The Musical ParodyAlways sending love to their supportive family, friends, and pets (of course.) Have courage and be kind! @syd.freihofer

DOMINIQUE OWEN

BF

Dominique is a full-time actor, born & raised in Cincinnati, OH with an effervescent, undying love for the arts. Dominique trained at the Identity School of Acting as well as the Audition Room 513 and hopes to one day soon make it big in film & television. He has starred lead in Freaky Profiling on Tubi, TV One’s For My Man and Fatal Attraction, worked as a stand in for Tyler James Williams, modeled for Crocs, and even taken on the stage in ETC’s Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens as well as CBTC’s Mr. Ricky Calls a Meeting. In 2022 Dominique was the recipient of Hyer Magazine’s Excel In the Arts award. Dominique is excited for the opportunity to be returning to the stage in Peerless, he gives thanks to God and The Human Race Theatre for this opportunity.

MATTHEW SHANAHAN *

D / D’S BROTHER

Matthew is beyond excited to be back in Dayton working with The Human Race. As a recent graduate of Wright State University’s BFA Acting program, he spent many years admiring the amazing work being produced in The Loft Theatre. He’s extremely grateful for the opportunity to join this amazing cast on that same stage. While in Ohio he worked regionally at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, A Comedy of Errors and Short North Stage, White Christmas. His other professional credits include Finding Christmas with MGM and Rand Productions. His Wright State credits include The Laramie Project, The Mousetrap, Sweet Charity, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Addams Family, and An Enemy of the People.

PALINI SUNKARA

L

Palini is a current Acting student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her credits include Somebody in Everybody, To Us, With Love: For Us By Us (BIPOC Theatre Project), Cougar/Greek Chorus in Lysistrata + The Trojan Women, Vanessica Kate-Elizabeth in Coconut Mall is Burning Down (Transmigration), Claire in All On the Table (CCM Radio Play), Rauntress McDauntress in 404: Play Not Found (Transmigration).

^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company

* Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
° Equity Membership Candidate
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

# United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection Designers in Live Performances.

CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

MARYA SPRING CORDES ^ Director

Bio coming soon

ALAN KIM Assistant Director

Alan is thrilled to be working with The Human Race Theatre! He has previously assistant-directed at Theatre Under the Stars (South Pacific) and Rice University (The Importance of Being Earnest), and directed for the Rice Players (To Love a Lilac). He has also worked as production dramaturg for Theatre Under the Stars (Rent, Sweeney Todd, Cinderella, Newsies), striving to frame works with anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist perspectives. Theaters he has worked with as an actor include Rec Room Arts, Classical Theatre Company, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and Mildred’s Umbrella. He would like to thank Emily Wells, Marya Spring Cordes, and The Human Race Theatre for bringing him to Ohio (!!) to share in the making of this play!

MARK TYNAN Production Stage Manager

Mark is thrilled to be back in his native Ohio and able to see his great nephews, Elliott, Gabriel, Rowan, and Luca (and the rest of his family) in person rather than on the Facebook. Mark got his BFA from Wright State University with his first two years at The Ohio State University. He is a proud 38-year member of Actors’ Equity Association. His career includes Radio City Music Hall, subbing on Broadway, national and international tours, regional theatre and corporate events. It is an honor to be working with The Human Race Theatre Company, very grateful.

CHARLIE CROMER Fight Choreographer

Regional acting credits include Jason in Sweat (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati) and Young Scrooge/Ghost of Future in A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Charlie teaches stage combat at Wright State and theatre at Incarnation Middle School in Centerville. His proudest achievement is being a husband to Lauren and father to Jack.

RAY ZUPP Scenic Designer

Always feels like coming home, this is their fifth design for the Race and the Loft Stage, having previously designed One Slight Hitch, The House, Lizzie, and The Revolutionists. Ray has been designing for over 15 years, working in theatres across the United States as well as television and film, working on projects for Netflix, HBO, Discovery, Peacock, ABC, NBC, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+. Their designs have also been seen locally with the Dayton Ballet — Cinderella, Dracula: Bloodlines, The Nutcracker 2011-2023, and the brand new Nutcracker premiering this winter at the Schuster Center for a whole new generation. Ray spends his free time (whatever that is) designing haunted attractions for Cedar Fair and Six Flags Parks with Plague Productions and works as a full-time Art Director, spending the last two years designing immersive attractions for major theme parks in the United States and abroad in the UK, Saudi Arabia, and China.

MARIA F. ORTIZ Costume Designer

Maria (she/her) is a native of Mexico City. She studied Fashion Design in Mexico and earned her MFA in Costume Design & Technology at the University of Cincinnati, where she designed and built garments for period and musical productions. After graduation, Maria worked as a production assistant on the second season of Apple TV’s The Afterparty and designed the costumes for On Earth as It Is in Heavenan 1800s western short film. Her latest design jobs have been: Fiona: The Musical at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and Deaf Republic (An ASL Shadow Interpreted show) with Pones Inc.

JAMES DUNLAP Sound Designer

Bio coming soon

SARAH GOMES Properties Designer

Sarah has worked both on stage and off in Dayton and surrounding areas for over 20 years. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Dayton. Sarah’s areas of specialty in props include puppets, paper goods, and historical artifacts. In addition to working as Properties Designer at The Human Race Theatre Company since 2021, she has worked with Zoot Theatre Company, The Rising Phoenix Theatre Company, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, Central State University, Dayton Theatre Guild, The Dayton Playhouse, and Town Hall Theater. Sarah is proud to be part of the vibrant arts community that Dayton has to offer.

JOHN RENSEL Resident Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series, and the Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided advanced technical production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming, and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.  John’s national credits include a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida.  Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for The Human Race’s season at the Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the DPAA’s season at the Schuster Center.  After 3 & ½ years of dealing with cancer, I’m still here!

^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company

+ The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent labor union

# United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection Designers in Live Performances.

* Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
° Equity Membership Candidate
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Technical Director

    MACKENZIE PERIN
  • Carpenter/Charge Artist

    JEFF HEATER
  • Production Stage Manager

    MARK TYNAN *
  • Production Assistant

    ISABELLA MYERS
  • Costume Shop Manager

    ORI RANCOR
  • Wardrobe

    ANDREW IAN ADAMS #
  • HOUSE SOUND ENGINEER

    BAILEY OLEAN
  • RUN CREW

    SIERRA JOBMAN
  • Fight Captain

    MATTHEW SHANAHAN *
  • PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER

    SCOTT J. KIMMINS

^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company

* Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
° Equity Membership Candidate
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

# United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection Designers in Live Performances.

Sponsors, Partners & Special Thanks

 

 

If you’d like to become a sponsor, contact Kappy Kilburn at (937) 461-3823 ext. 3112 or kappy@humanracetheatre.org