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DECEMBER 13 - 23, 2023

Reindeer Sessions

BY ERIC ULLOA
DIRECTOR IGOR GOLDIN

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 this violent outburst, his therapist Dr. Arbor hopes to help him understand what led to this moment and if he can save his job on the reindeer squad. Instead, she hears 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!

Recommended if you liked Who’s Holiday, The Santaland Diaries.

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Special Performances

Parent’s Day Out Performance: December 16 & 23, 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 here either before or after your purchase.

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    $10 - $53

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    TBD

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The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells

Creative ProducerTara Lail

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Directed by IGOR GOLDIN

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

TERI CLARK LINDEN *

Dr. Arbor

Teri’s thrilled to be back on stage here at The Human Race in her native Dayton! Past HRTC shows: A Christmas Story & Three Tall Women. Regionally: Purple Rose, Meadowbrook, Actor’s Theatre Louisville, KY Shakes & several Chicago theatres. Favorite roles: Bertrille in Kong’s Night Out (with Cindy Williams), Rosalind in As You Like It, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, & the title role in Shaw’s Candida. Teri is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 250 titles on Audible. Recent Film/TV: I See You, Dark Waters, Archive 81 (Netflix) & American Rust season 2. You might catch Teri walking her German Shepherd dogs around her hometown in Yellow Springs. Instagram @tericlarklindenitsme

Proud member AEA & SAGAFTRA. For Dave & Sam.

RICO ROMALUS PARKER *

Blitzen

Rico is excited to return to The Human Race Theatre stage! Proud member of Actors’ Equity, he was born and raised in Dayton, OH. Favorite theatre credits include Barbecue, TopDog/Underdog, Belleville, Colossal, The Brothers Size, Gem of the Ocean, Blue Orange, King Hedley II, A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Stagger Lee, Every Tongue Confess, Passing Strange, and The Exonerated. He will be making his film debut as Evan in HBO Max’s Turtles All the Way Down.

^  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

IGOR GOLDIN + Director

Igor is thrilled to be returning to HRTC with longtime collaborator Eric Ulloa, where he directed the workshop of Molly Sweeney, a musical, and the World Premier of 26 Pebbles, as well as A Christmas Story at the Victoria Theatre (co-pro Victoria Theatre Assoc). Recent directing credits include: Austen’s Pride (Carnegie Hall & Seattle 5th Ave), Brett Ryback and Eric Ulloa’s Passing Through (World Premiere, Goodspeed Musicals, CT), Songs For A New World (Cape Playhouse); Matilda (co. dir./Mara Greer, Regional Premiere, Tuacahn, UT); Adam Gwon/Michele Lowe’s The Proxy Marriage (Goodspeed 2019 Festival of New Musicals); GreaseSweeney Todd (SALT Award nom, Director of the Year), and Austen’s Pride (The REV); Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, and many others (Engeman, NY); Academy (Tuacahn New Works Festival); Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (La Mirada/McCoy Rigby, CA). Off-Broadway: With Glee, and A Ritual of Faith (both New York Times Critics’ Picks); 3 NYMF Awards for Excellence in Direction; Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Yank!; Top 5 Finalist, SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. Igor is the Academic Department Director of Musical Theatre Performance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

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.

JEFF HEATER Scenic Designer

Jeff is a graduate of Wright State University’s Design and Technology program. He has worked professionally with Town Hall Children’s Theatre, the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, CatCo, Scenic Solutions and Norwegian Cruise Line. Since joining HRTC as Carpenter/Charge Artist in 2021, he has been instrumental in generating high quality sets for each of the productions he has worked on. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and five cats, while continually updating his collection of Legos, swizzle sticks and antique cameras. This is Jeff’s first production as Scenic Designer for HRTC.

AMEERA ANSARI Costume Designer

Ameera is excited to be working with The Human Race Theatre Company. She is currently Ohio Northern University’s costume shop manager and resident designer. Ameera costume designs the annual ONU Holiday Spectacular. Also, she designed last spring’s production of The Addams Family: The Musical, the 2022 production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and the 2021 fall production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She has designed for other ONU productions, such as Waiting for Lefty and Blocked, along with the 2021 spring ONU show of The House of Bernarda Alba. Ameera’s work was featured in Sweet CharityCarrie: The Musical, and Hayavadana.

Ansari holds an MFA in costume design from Illinois State University and a BA from Pennsylvania State University.  She came from Eastern University, located outside the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she was the costume shop manager and resident designer. In addition, she has worked for other institutions such as The People’s Light & Theatre Company, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Ursinus College and The Savoy Opera. Ameera has worked as a designer and educator in theatre for 15 years. Her other credits include Wonderful Town, Godspell, Bell, Book and Candle, Good Person of Szechwan, Noises Off, Our Town, The Centurion and Twelfth Night.

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. John says, “after 3 & ½ years of dealing with cancer, I’m still here!”

BRANDO TRIANTAFILLOU Sound Designer

Brando is glad to be returning to The Human Race Theatre working as the Composer and Sound Designer for Reindeer Sessions. Previously he created sound design for The Human Race Theatre’s production of Indigo and was the composer/sound designer for Deadline. Other productions include: Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre’s productions of Tennessee Williams’ The Mutilated, Eugène Ionesco’s Victims of Duty – directed by Shira Piven, Marisa Wegrzyn’s Mud Blue Sky, and Annie Baker’s The Aliens among many others. Brando also composes music and builds sound design for Broadcast TV/Web media – including commercials and videos as well as various Documentary and Film projects. Additionally he produces, engineers and mixes songs for independent artists. Brando composed and produced the score for the Netflix feature film: Pottersville starring Michael Shannon, Ron Pearlman, Ian McShane and Judy Greer.

^  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 Assistants

    ISABELLA MYERS
  • Prop Master

    SARAH GOMES
  • Costume Shop Manager

    ORI GIFFORD
  • Wardrobe

    ANDREW IAN ADAMS ^
  • Sound Engineer

    BAILEY OLEAN
  • 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.

About The Playwright

Eric UlloaPlaywright

Eric is a 2020 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist and a 2020 Kleban Prize Award Finalist.

Eric is the author of 26 Pebbles, which had its world premiere at The Human Race Theatre Company. The play was featured in American Theatre Magazine, The NY Times and won the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for 2017. 26 Pebbles was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2017 by Samuel French was one of the top produced plays nationally of 2018 and in 2022, received a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Play of the Decade.

Eric is the librettist of a revised version of the musical May We All, which opens at the Rev Theater Company in September 2024.

Eric is the librettist of the musical, Passing Through, which had its World Premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in Summer 2019.

Eric is the screenwriter of the film, The Nana Project starring Academy Award Winner Mercedes Ruehl and Nolan Gould.

Eric is the screenwriter of the film, Mikey’s Army (dir. Andrew Keenan-Bolger) which was an official selection of the Outfest Fusion and Newfest Festivals.

Eric is the co-creator of Meet the Alpha Beats for Nickelodeon’s Noggin (2022 Webby Award Honoree-Best Kids and Family Podcast)

Eric wrote the Viva Broadway: Hear Our Voices special, writing for such luminaries as Lin Manuel Miranda, Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera and many more.

On the other side of the footlights, Eric was in the Original Broadway Company of On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

He starred in 7 Deadly Sins under the direction of Moises Kaufman

He has also appeared on The 2016 Tony Awards, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and A Capitol Fourth.

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