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FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 10, 2024

Shipwrecked!

An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)

BY DONALD MARGULIES
DIRECTOR GREG HELLEMS

Join the theatrical quest of deep seas and high comedy! 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 and all corners of the globe, populated by flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Shipwrecked examines how far we’re willing to blur the line between fact and fiction to leave our mark on the world.

Recommended if you liked Around the World in 80 Days, The 39 Steps, Peter & the Starcatcher.

_PLEASE BE ADVISED: this performance includes strobe effects_

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Special Performances

Inside Track: February 22, 7:15 pm.  Join Engagement and Learning Coordinator Tiffany Countryman for a preshow discussion with members of the creative team.

While We’re On the Subject (Post show Talkback):  March 3, 2pm with the cast of Shipwrecked! An Entertainment.

Parent’s Day Out Performance: March 9, 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

    100 Minutes

  • Rating

    pg12

The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells

Creative ProducerTara Lail

Present:

Director GREG HELLEMS

SCENIC DESIGNER D. TRISTAN CUPP

COSTUME DESIGNER MOLLY WALZ

LIGHTING DESIGNER JOHN RENSEL

SOUND DESIGNER JOHN GROMADA

SOUND EFFECTS DESIGNER Bailey Olean

PROPERTIES DESIGNER SARAH GOMES

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

BRUCE CROMER*^

Louis de Rougemont

Bruce has appeared in over 200 professional stage productions, in over 40 years as a union actor.  He has appeared at the Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.  As a founding Resident Artist at The Human Race, he has played Prior Walter in Angels in America, the Ghost of John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Macbeth in Macbeth, Prospero in The Tempest, all the roles in I Am My Own Wife, and Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.  He dedicates his work in Shipwrecked! to his Race stage brother Michael Lippert, and to the memory of Marsha Hanna.

SHONITA JOSHI*

Player 1

Shonita is a South-Asian actor, born & brought up in Pune, India. Prior to moving to the States, she worked for four years in Bollywood and two years at Google before realizing that her love for theatre is more than a hobby — it’s a necessity. She has degrees in banking, finance & journalism. She graduated from Stella Adler School of Acting in New York in 2019. Her recent credits include A Christmas Carol & Origin Story (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Wait Until Dark (Chenango River Theatre), Grand Horizons and Queen (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, & New Hampshire). Shonita will be next at CincyShakes in the summer. Drop her a hello at www.shonitajoshi.com or on Instagram @shonitajoshi.

ANDREW IAN ADAMS^

Player 2

Andrew is elated to help bring this tall tale to life. He is a Resident Artist whose past HRTC performances include Deadline (Dean/Trevor), Airness (Golden Thunder), and Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear) as well as several new play readings. Other regional credits include Monsters of the American Cinema (Remi), Puffs (Cedric/Mr. Voldy), Neverwhere (Old Bailey/Tooley), and The Fisherman’s Wife (Octopus). He is a founding member of ComedySportz Cincinnati, a host for Cash Coaster for Cedar Fair Parks, and featured in multiple commercials/ads for national brands such as Kroger, Glad, Tidy Cats, Bed Bath and Beyond, McDonalds, and Long John Silvers. @AndrewIanDoes

^  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

GREG HELLEMS Director

Greg is honored to be returning to The Human Race Theatre Co, where he directed: The Cake, Sex With Strangers, The Glass Menagerie, and Band Geeks! and a Best of Broadway concert with The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. DPO credits include staging and direction for Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Greg is also a Professor and Head of Musical Theatre at Wright State, where he recently directed Cabaret. Other directing and/or choreography credits there include Sister Act, Mamma Mia, A Little Night Music, Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 to 5, and Miss Mayor (premiere). Other work includes productions with Signature Theatre, Mountain Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Columbus Children’s Theatre, and Cincinnati Hot Summer Nights, various projects for Cedar Fair Corporation, Paramount Entertainment, and Kings Entertainment Company. Other teaching credits include Columbus Children’s Theatre: Advanced Performance Academy, the High School Musical Production and Musical Theatre Intensive at Interlochen Arts Camp and CCM-Prep. I dedicate this to Bill, who always loved a good story.

CAROLYN FAST * Production Stage Manager

Carolyn is thrilled to be a part of this production at The Human Race. In addition to her four years as the Resident Stage Manager at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company she has also worked as a Stage Manager at the Peterborough Players, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Northern Stage, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Quintessence Theatre Group, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Delaware Shakespeare, Commonweal Theatre Company, and the Barter Theatre. Carolyn is originally from New Jersey and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

D. TRISTAN CUPP Scenic Designer

Tristan left his career as a truck mechanic in Cincinnati to pursue his love for the arts in 1998. He started his journey in the fine arts as a student at Sinclair Community College. During his time at Sinclair he found theatre as a way to thrive in the arts by putting his past experiences as a mechanic and construction into this art form. In his studies of the different disciplines of the art world he found sculpting, painting, design, set building, mask making, puppet building, and storytelling to be a large influence in becoming a versatile artist. As he grew in the arts he joined The Human Race Theatre Company as head carpenter and this became the springboard to his career. From there he became co-founder and artistic director and lead designer for the Zoot Theatre Company. He has created masks, puppets or scenery for The Human Race Theatre Company, DCDC, Dayton Opera, Dayton Youth Philharmonic, Dayton Ballet, Ohio Renaissance Festival, Central State University, University of Dayton, Rhythm in Shoes, Sinclair Community College, Town Hall Theater, First Frontier and numerous others in southwestern Ohio. As an artist, Tristan’s style has become recognizable to audiences throughout the region. With his personal desire to grow and develop as an artist he continues to work and hone his skills and talents with other artists in different disciplines throughout the country. He has strong ties in the local art community and finds the arts to be a valuable asset to the growth of every community. Tristan is a strong believer in the creative spirit that is in the heart of every human.

MOLLY WALZ Costume Designer

After almost 10 years working professionally in New York City, Molly is delighted to be back in the Buckeye state and working with The Human Race Theatre Company once again.  Now based in Columbus, OH, Molly has worked as a costume designer, wardrobe supervisor, and tailor for Broadway, National/International tours, Regional theaters and TV/Film.  She is a proud member of IATSE local #764. Some recent designs include:  A Christmas Carol(Short North Stage/ CAPA), Tootsie (custom costumes for Sally Struthers’ – Ogunquit Playhouse), The Prom(Porthouse Theater), Million Dollar Quartet(Ogunquit Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse), along with past designs at Cape Playhouse, The Gateway, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Garden Theatre, Theatre SilCo, of course, The Human Race (Oliver– 2012).  Select career highlights:  The EqualizerSeason 2 (2nd Tailor), The Metropolitan Opera (Wardrobe Supervisor), Wardrobe – Broadway: Aladdin, Frozen, Moulin Rouge, Tina, Summer, Pre-Broadway: A Beautiful Noise. Tours: White Christmas,Rent, Mamma Mia. Molly recently started her own business in Columbus, Sanctuary Inclusive Tailoring and Styling, which focuses on tailoring and styling from a gender and body neutral viewpoint.  Instagram: MollzWalz and SanctuaryTailoring

JOHN RENSEL 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!

JOHN GROMADA Sound Designer

John is a multi-award winning, pioneering sound designer and composer, with a career spanning more than three decades. He has composed scores for 40+ critically acclaimed Broadway productions and hundreds of off-Broadway and at major regional theatres across the nation and abroad. Highly sought as a collaborator for sound designs that combine original music, abstract sound, and found music to support detailed narratives, Gromada was nominated for a Tony Award for his score and sound design for the Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson. Recipient of three Drama Desk Awards, the Obie, Lortel and Henry Hewes Awards, and an NEA Opera Music Theatre fellowship. Film and TV credits include original scores for feature films and television series. Producer of audio drama for radio, theatres and commercial audio content producers.

Bailey Olean SOUND EFFECTS DESIGNER

Bailey is ecstatic to make his Sound Designer debut with The Human Race Theatre Company. Previously, he showcased his skills behind the soundboard for Reindeer Sessions and Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Bailey’s passion for music blossomed during his formative years at the Eastman School of Music, where he immersed himself in jazz and musical theater. To hone his craft, he pursued a BFA in Dance at Wright State University, where he showcased his talents in choreography, direction, and producing various student-run productions, main stage performances and cabarets. Additionally, Bailey performed with Dayton Ballet II. Post-graduation, he seized the opportunity to run sound for Banned From Baseball at the Race, discovering his affinity for the magic of backstage work. Bailey is deeply thankful for the chance to collaborate with such a dynamic company committed to presenting innovative works. He extends his heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved, especially his supportive parents and Ryan.

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.

^  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
  • SCENIC ARTIST

    JOSH McEWEN
  • Production Stage Manager

    CAROLYN FAST*
  • Production Assistant

    ISABELLA MYERS
  • Dialect Coach

    DEBORAH THOMAS
  • Costume Shop Manager

    ORI GIFFORD
  • Wardrobe

    ASHTON BRUNN
  • SOUND ENGINEER / OPERATOR

    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

Donald Margulies

Donald Margulies has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two American Theatre Critics New Play Citations, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards (for SIGHT UNSEEN and THE MODEL APARTMENT), one Tony Award nomination (for TIME STANDS STILL), one L.A. Ovation Award (for THE COUNTRY HOUSE), two Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, five Burns Mantle Best Play citations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations (for SIGHT UNSEEN and COLLECTED STORIES), and one Pulitzer Prize (for DINNER WITH FRIENDS). His other plays include BROOKLYN BOY, THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?, FOUND A PEANUT, GOD OF VENGEANCE, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS and SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT — THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT (AS TOLD BY HIMSELF). His work has been produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre and Theatre for the New City; at theaters across America including South Coast Repertory, the Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Long Wharf Theatre; and in theaters around the world. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature, and he was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright and the 2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater American Playwright in Mid-Career Award. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University. The film of his screenplay, THE END OF THE TOUR, will be released in 2015.

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