Human Race Theatre Company

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The Human Race Theatre Company is the professional producing theatre company of Dayton Ohio, dedicated to producing works on universal themes that explore the human condition and startle us all into a renewed awareness of ourselves. The HRTC is located in The Metropolitan Arts Building in downtown Dayton. The 212-seat Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton, Ohio[1] serves as its home base, though it also stages one production each year in the 1,100-seat historic Victoria Theatre on their Broadway series.

The Human Race has put on more than 160 productions since its inception in 1986, and has an extensive theatre education program that annually serves more than 30,000 children and adults throughout southwestern Ohio.

Notable productions have included:

  • A newly re-imagined production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, featuring a cast of ten actors and using one piano, during the 2012-2013 season
  • Another new musical from Gregg Coffin (Convenience, Five Course Love) the sung-thru right next to me, our 2011 production was the next step after staged reading in 2010
  • The fall 2010 production of August: Osage County produced in collaboration with Wright State University's Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures
  • The fall 2007 production of a new Stephen Schwartz piece entitled Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, with book by David Stern
  • The 2004 world premiere of Barry Kleinbort and Joseph Thalken's musical Was

The Human Race Theatre Company is noted for its Musical Theatre Workshops, staged readings of new works, which began in 2000[2]

Current and Recent Productions[edit]

2012-2013 Eichelberger Loft Series

  • Regional premiere of Managing Maxine by Janece Shaffer, directed by Marya Spring Cordes. September 6 - 23, 2012.
  • World premiere of Under a Red Moon by Michael Slade, directed by Margarett Perry. October 18 - 27, 2012. Co-produced with The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.
  • Oliver! with music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart, conceived and directed by Alan Souza, music directed by Helen Gregory and choreographed by Spencer Liff. November 29 - December 22, 2012.
  • Lombardi by Eric Simonson, based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi written by David Maraniss, directed by Tim Lile. February 7 - 24, 2013.
  • Race by David Mamet, directed by Richard E. Hess. April 4 - 21, 2013.
  • Avenue Q with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, directed by Joe Deer and music directed by Sean Michael Flowers. June 6 - 23, 2013.

2012 Musical Theatre Workshop Festival

  • Dani Girl with music by Michael Kooman, book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond, directed by Marya Spring Cordes and music directed by Scot Woolley. August 3 and 4, 2012.
  • Red-Blooded, All-American Man with book by Todd Lawson and Carter Anne McGowan, music and lyrics by Cowboy Mouth, directed by Kevin Moore, music directed by Jay Brunner and vocal directed by Scott Stoney. August 3 and 5, 2012.


  1. ^ Loft Theatre Series
  2. ^ Musical Theatre Workshop

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