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SEPTEMBER 7 - 24, 2023

This is Tom Jones!

BOOK, LYRICS & MUSIC BY MARK BROWN
MUSIC BY PAUL MIRKOVICH
DIRECTOR EMILY N. WELLS

Henry Fielding’s heart-throbbing masterpiece meets the frenzied, mop-top sounds of the 1960s known as the British Invasion. Aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound in this bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England.

Recommended if you liked Austin Powers, The Full Monty, Avenue Q.

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  • Tickets

    $10 - $53

  • Runtime

    Act 1 65 Min
    Intermission 15 min
    Act 2 70 min

  • Rating

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The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells

Creative ProducerTara Lail

Present:

Directed by Emily N. Wells +

SCENIC DESIGNER TAMARA L. HONESTY # ^

COSTUME DESIGNER JANET G. POWELL ^

LIGHTING DESIGNER JOHN RENSEL

SOUND DESIGNER emily c. porter

PROP MASTER SARAH GOMES

INTIMACY/FIGHT DIRECTION k. JENNY JONES

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Patrick Earl Phillips *

Man 1

Patrick is ecstatic to be returning to The Human Race Theatre Company after making his debut as Passepartout in the 2019 production of Around the World in 80 Days. Patrick is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Since graduating from Xavier University, Patrick has been performing with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and elsewhere. He also trains with the Society of American Fight Directors and holds certifications in many weapon disciplines. When not performing, he is happily spending time with his amazing daughters Maura, Anita and Regina and his beautiful wife Julia. www.PatrickEPhillips.com

 

Sara Mackie *

Woman 1

Sara is just honored whenever asked to put a voice to new works – Thanks, HRTC! Selected Regional Credits: An Act of God, Family Ties, Twelfth Night (Human Race Theatre Company); Fun Home, Hands on a Hardbody, all Wonderettes iterations, Rabbit Hole, Mauritius and many holiday offerings with immense joy and gratitude (ETC); Pump Boys and Dinettes; (Carnegie); The Taming of the Shrew, Pride and Prejudice, (Cincy Shakes); and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (NET). You can also catch her briefly in some of the great feature films shot in Cincinnati, such as The Bikeriders, The Public and Dark Waters. Thank you for supporting live theatre and new works!!

Edwin Large *

Man 2

Edwin is thrilled to make his Human Race Theatre debut with This is Tom Jones! A stage veteran for over 25 years, Edwin has performed in opera, musical theatre, and cruise ships all over the world. However, his most favorite roles are son to Howard and Jean, husband to Nicole, and dad to Evan

Kelly Mengelkoch *

Woman 2

Kelly is thrilled to play with The Human Race again! Previously, she has appeared here in Deadline (understudy), Everything That’s Beautiful, Brother Wolf, and Shenandoah. Living in Cincinnati, she is frequently performing with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, as well as Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Know Theatre Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She was recently off-Broadway in The Rewards of Being Frank, with New York Classical Theatre. Film credits: Dark Waters, Perception, Old Man and the Gun, A Kind of Murder, Healing River, Dusk, and C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America. kellymengelkoch.com

Eb Madson

Man 3

Eb is so excited to be a part of this crazy musical for his first performance at The Human Race Theatre Company. “I’m so honored to be here.” Eb holds a BFA from the University of Utah, and holds his Masters in make believe from Ohio University. Past roles include: Robert in Boeing Boeing, Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr.Watson in Baskerville. Huge shout out to the cast, crew, and production team. Mom and Dad, I adore you. I’d like to dedicate this performance to my big brother, Dr. Wacky Zacky. I wouldn’t be a performer if not for you.

Aleah Vassell *

Woman 3

Aleah (they/she) is a Canadian born, Jamaican rooted, American singer, actor, and creator. They hold a B.F.A. from Samford University and an MFA in Acting from UTK. Along with being a performer, Aleah has founded three spaces, Hear Me Roar Theatre, Sanctuary Soul House, and R3 Creative Co as well as creating the new musical, MFAs: A Musical For Actors in School. Favorite roles include “Deloris” in Sister Act and “Judy Haynes” at Charleston Stage, and “Bunny” in Detroit ’67 and “Dionne” in Hair at the Clarence Brown Theatre. She dedicates this performance to one of her biggest past cheerleaders in life, her dad. www.aleahvassell.com

Kyle Mangold

Man 4

Kyle is a NYC-based actor and Shenandoah Conservatory BFA graduate. Kyle has recently performed Off-Broadway as Steve/Jonathan in Stranger Sings the Musical Parody and as Brick Johnson in Senior Class the Musical at The Opera America 29-Hour Reading. Kyle has worked regionally in shows such as Grease (Danny), Joseph… Dream Coat (Joseph), and Pippin (Pippin). Kyle is thrilled and honored to make his Human Race Theatre Debut in the world premiere of This is Tom Jones!. He is filled with appreciation for the unwavering support from his wonderful friends and family. Follow along on IG @kyle_mangold.

Melinda Porto *

Woman 4

Melinda is absolutely delighted to be a part of this bawdy musical romp! She was last seen as Mrs. Claus (and a few kooky elves) in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Favorite credits: Catherine of Aragon in SIX (NCL); Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood (Off-Bway/York Theatre); RENT; 42nd Street; Around the World in 80 Days (another Mark Brown original!). Backup vocals for Taylor Swift and Joe Cocker. BA in Theater (UCLA). Thanks to the entire TITJ team, the fabulous Porto fam, and YOU for supporting live theatre! @minda_loo

Jamie Cordes * ^

Man 5

A proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company, Jamie’s credits include: Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Harold in The Full Monty, Beauregard J. P. Burnside in Mame, Ed in Torch Song Trilogy, and Dan in Next to Normal. Other credits: Robert in The Bridges of Madison County (Clinton Area Showboat Theatre), Man 1 in Oh, Coward! (Ohio Shakespeare Festival), Ben Stone in Follies (Short North Stage) and performances with The Dayton Opera, The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Ballet. Jamie is Senior Lecturer with Wright State’s School of Fine and Performing Arts.

^  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

EMILY N. WELLS + Director

Emily is an award-winning theatre director, creative producer and educator with over 25 years experience including a significant emphasis on new plays and musicals. She joined The Human Race Theatre Company as its 4th Artistic Director in 2022, and directed Grounded to kick off her first season. Emily also directed the recent Houston Grand Opera World Premiere Another City, a new opera that tells the true stories of un-housed Houstonians and those who aid them, composed by Jeremy Howard Beck to a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann. This winter, she will direct A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Wright State and serves on the Advisory Board for the Sinclair Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Other directing credits include Rice University, Gulfshore Playhouse, Circuit Playhouse, Theatreworks/USA among others. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Memphis, a BA in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis, and is an SDC and AEA Member. In her early career, Emily stage managed on and off Broadway, regionally and on national tours. She is proud to call Dayton home.

STEVE GOERS Music Director

Steve is thrilled to be making his Human Race debut. He is a member of the CCM musical theatre faculty where he both teaches in the classroom and serves as musical director for department productions. Since moving to Cincinnati from Chicago, Steve has become an in-demand regional music director, and has provided music direction for over 100 productions at companies such as Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, the Carnegie Center for the Performing Arts, and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Steve is a composer and orchestrator for film and stage, his works include ten feature films, including the award-winning “Over-the-Rhine,” and thirteen internationally distributed musicals for young audiences. Steve’s session work includes the Grammy-nominated “Ella Jenkins and a Union Friends Pulling Together.” When not working on a show, Steve plays keyboards and sings in several local bands, including the Clyde Brown Band, Aja: a Tribute to Steely Dan, the Ultrasonics, and Just Strange Brothers. MM CCM/UC, BM DePaul University.

DEBBIE BLUNDEN-DIGGS Choreographer

Debbie became Artistic Director for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in 2007. In 2019, she was named Chief Artistic & Producing Director. For over 20 years she performed with the company, appearing in most of the company’s repertoire. Before becoming Artistic Director, she served as the company’s Associate Artistic Director, Deputy Director for Arts and Operations, and Resident Choreographer. In addition to her choreographic and artistic leadership, Ms. Blunden-Diggs is the Executive Director of Jeraldyne’s School of the Dance, the cornerstone to Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and she works closely with DCDC’s pre-professional company, DCDC2. She has created works for the company, which have become part of the company’s artistic blueprint. Her notable works include Configurations, Kaleidoscope, Fragments, In My Father’s House, and Traffic. Her first piece, Variations in Blue, composed when she was 17, was submitted as an entry in the Young Choreographers Showcase and selected for inclusion in the National Choreographic Plan. She has contributed an impressive body of work, including No Room, No Place, No Where, for which she received a Monticello Award in 1982.

In May 2002, she adjudicated the Regional Dance America Northeast Competitions. Ms. Blunden-Diggs was Co-Director/Choreographer for The Human Race Theatre’s production of Crowns, as well as Director/Choreographer for Central State University’s original production of In the Pursuit of Wind among others. She created ballets for and worked with students at University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, Central State University, South Dayton Dance Theatre, and Stivers School for the Arts.

She served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) from 2000 to 2006. She has received numerous awards and accolades. Among them are honors from Regional Dance America, Monticello Choreographic Fellowships in 1979 and 1980, and two Individual Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council in 1981 and 1984. She received the Black History Month Congressional Award for Community Service by Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) in recognition of 40 years serving the community through dance and dance education.

The Fisk University Alumni Association honored her with an Excellence in Artistry Award, and she was awarded a Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Master Fellowship for artistic excellence and community outreach initiatives in 2000. In 2014, she received the Image of Hope Youth Advocacy Award for her contributions to improve the lives of youth in the Greater Dayton area. Ms. Blunden-Diggs is an adjunct professor at University of Dayton in the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program, and serves on numerous boards: membership chair of the IABD, secretary for the national Board of Trustees of Dance/USA since 2020, and the Seedling Foundation Board for Stivers School for the Arts.

k. Jenny Jones Intimacy and Fight Director

k. Jenny is so very happy to be joining The Human Race for this fantastic production of This is Tom Jones!. She lives in Cincinnati where she is on faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music and the resident Fight and Intimacy Director for the Theater Division. Regionally she has choreographed at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Cincinnati, Lexington & Dayton Operas. An internationally recognized master teacher of stage combat, k. Jenny travels the US and abroad teaching her innovative form of unarmed staged violence called Scrappy Fighting. Long Live The Human Race Theatre – what a great space.

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.

TAMARA L. HONESTY # ^ Scenic Designer

Tammy is excited to return to her artistic home of The Human Race Theatre, now as a Resident Artist. A few of her favorite designs include Gloria: A Life!, Banned from Baseball, Family Ties, Crowns, Other Desert Cities, Becky’s New Car, and Lombardi. She also enjoys designing theatre for young audiences, having designed, ten shows for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Educational Touring Company. This past fall, she designed the world-premiere of The Memory Exam, and it was her Off-Broadway debut. Tammy’s designs have earned awards and recognition on many levels. Her work has been showcased in World Stage Design 2013 & 2022 digital gallery, the USA-USITT Prague Quadrennial Digital Gallery Exhibit (along with her student’s work), USITT, and USITT Ohio Valley’s Peggy Ezekiel Board’s Choice Exhibit. Her designs have been on stages from New York City to the Midwest as far south as Florida and broadcast nationally on PBS.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Scenic Design at West Virginia University’s School of Theatre & Dance. She is a native Ohioan with a B.A. degree in Theatre from Wilmington College of Ohio and an MFA in Scenic Design from West Virginia University. Tammy is an active member of United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) at both the regional and national level. Currently, she is the chair of USITT’s Women in Theatre Group. Being involved in the various facets of USITT has helped her become a better educator, designer, and professional. Tammy is also a member of USA Local 829 as a scenic designer.

In addition to designing scenery, Tammy has been a scenic artist. Examples of her painting talents have been cruising the world on various cruise lines and on display at various corporate theatre events. Recently, Tammy and a student team at Kent State University painted a nearly full-scale 3D-printed replica of Pio Fedi’s Liberty of Poetry which was on display at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum. In 2018, the book she co-authored, The Fake Food Cookbook, was published. Check out her website at www.tammyhonesty.com

JANET G. POWELL ^ Costume Designer/Resident Artist

Janet is costuming her twenty-fourth show for HRTC. Recent costuming credits include Deadline, Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Airness, and The Revolutionists. She has costumed productions for Yellow Brick Theater, Town Hall Theatre, joint productions for CCM and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Dayton Playhouse, Beavercreek Theatre, and Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. As a former Norwood City Schools artistic director/educator, she directed, and costumed numerous shows over a period of 37 years. She continues to support youth theatre by volunteering her time and support to the Yellow Brick Theater Company.

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 Dayton Opera Association’s season at the Schuster Center. “After 3 & 1/2 years of dealing with cancer, I’m still here!”

emily c. porter Sound Designer

This is emily’s first production with The Human Race. She has worked on productions in Canada, the USA and internationally and teaches university theatrical sound design and technology. She would like to thank her family for their continued support.

^  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

About The Playwrights

MARK BROWNBook, Lyrics, Music

Mark is a widely produced playwright throughout America and abroad. His plays and musicals include Around the World in 80 Days (Two Off-Broadway runs, twice on American Theatre Magazine’s Top Ten Most Produced Plays list); The Gentleman Thief; The Wild Game; This is Tom Jones!; The Quest for Don Quixote; Tom Jones; The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge; China – The Whole Enchilada (Winner Outstanding Musical, NYC Fringe Festival); Deep Into That Darkness Peering; The Little Prince. Originally from New Jersey, Mark is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. He lives in Los Angeles and dreams of living on the Côte d’Azur.

PAUL MIRKOVICHMusic

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Mirkovich

PAUL MIRKOVICH (born March 20, 1963) is an American musician from Los Angeles. He has been the band leader, keyboardist and duet singing partner for Cher for the last 16 years. He has also been the band director for Janet Jackson and Anastacia and a member of the multi-platinum bands Whitesnake and Nelson. Mirkovich played a role in Brett Garsed and T. J. Helmerich’s albums Quid pro quo (1992) and Exempt (1993). Paul has also performed and recorded with Peter Gabriel and Shawn Colvin, among many others. Paul and the House Band toured the United States with Paul Stanley (from KISS) in October/November 2006 as well as Australia in April 2007.

Mirkovich currently serves as musical director of NBC’s talent competition, The Voice, which is produced by Mark Burnett. For The Voice he has arranged over 2000 songs and over 1000 iTunes recordings for the show. In addition to playing for coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Ceelo Green, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani, he has also played with many other artists including Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Mary J. Blige, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Tedder, Ariana Grande, and Cher.

Mark Burnett was also executive producer of Rock Star, on which Mirkovich also served as musical director.

Mirkovich also serves as a record producer. In November 2021, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her second re-recorded album Red (Taylor’s Version). Mirkovich executive produced three songs which Swift and Christopher Rowe produced of the album, including “Sad Beautiful Tragic”, “Starlight”, and “The Moment I Knew”.

The Band & Production Team

THE BAND – THE FOXHUNTERS

GUITAR 1  AARON ALMASHY
GUITAR 2  JAY BRUNNER ^
KEYBOARD  STEVE GOERS
BASS  BILL JACKSON
PERCUSSION  BRIAN MALONE

PRODUCTION TEAM

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR  MACKENZIE PERIN
CARPENTER/CHARGE ARTIST  JEFF HEATER
CARPENTERS  TIM JUDGE, ADAM DAVIS
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER  MARK TYNAN *
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT  ERINMARIE SUSCHECK
DIALECT COACH  CHRISTINA KEEFE
COSTUME SHOP MANAGER/WARDROBE  VICTORIA “ORI” GIFFORD
RUN CREW  ISABELLA MEYERS
SOUND ENGINEER  JOSEPH EVANS
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER  SCOTT J. KIMMINS

Sponsors, Partners & Special Thanks

 

 

LITTLE ATTIC
(Debra Jarvis & Jerry Lail, proprietors)

CHRISTINA KEEFE

TRISTAN CUPP

A PLUS RAPID PEST CONTROL

 

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