• Our Final Production of the 2016-17 Season

    by  • May 9, 2017

    Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire

    A woman named Cass makes a discovery about her husband Kip and leaves him, hopping a bus to Niagara Falls in search of freedom, enlightenment, and the meaning of life. She takes with her a bucket list of 200 things she wants to do. Along the way, Cass crosses paths with a suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives, and a clown therapist.

    Note:  Contains Adult Language, Fog Effects, and the Sound of Gunshots

    Approximate Run Time is 2 hours and 15 minutes (including intermission)

    Directed by:  Saul Caplan
    Show Runs:  May 12-28, 2017


    Announcing Our 2017-2018 Season

    by  • April 6, 2017



    20172018 SEASON

    All My Sons by Arthur Miller
    Directed by Debra Kent
    Production Dates: August 18 –September 3, 2017

    During World War II, Joe Keller and his business partner were accused of knowingly shipping damaged airplane parts that led to the deaths of 21 servicemen. While only his business partner, Steve Deever, was convicted of the crime, Keller was guilty as well. When both the Keller family and the Deever family find out the truth, it damages even further the relationships among the children of both families, resulting in the Keller son’s confrontation of his father. This play received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

    Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison
    Directed by Jared Mola
    Production Dates: October 6 –22, 2017

    In the not-too-distant future and the age of artificial intelligence, 85-year-old Marjorie is trying to cope with the loss of her deceased husband through the use of a prime, an exact replica programmed to interact with her in human-like ways. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Would we rewrite the past? This play explores loss and memory, the mysteries of human identity and the limits (if any) of what technology can replace. This play was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    The Christians by Lucas Hnath
    Directed by Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp
    Production Dates: November 17 –December 3, 2017

    Pastor Paul ’s modest church of twenty years ago now has a congregation of thousands, classrooms for Sunday school, a coffee shop, and much more. But today Paul will preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s beliefs. What happens when something we believe will always remain the same suddenly changes? A finalist at the Humana Festival in 2014, this play opened off-Broadway soon afterward. In 2016, it was chosen as the eighth most- produced new play by American Theatre Magazine.

    Stella and Lou by Bruce Graham
    Directed by Gary Thompson
    Production Dates: January 19 –February 4, 2018

    Lou’s South Philadelphia bar is the kind of place where the same faces sit on the same barstools seven nights a week, drowning their sorrows into countless mugs of beer.  Lou is happy to run the place and enjoy time with Stella when she stops in. But Stella has decided they need to take the next step in their relationship –or she’s moving to Florida. This funny, wise, and tender story is a mid-life portrait of friendship, and maybe more. At the play’s premiere at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2013, it was cheered by critics for its humor and honesty.

    The Other Place by Sharr White
    Directed by Kathy Mola
    Production Dates: March 16 –April 1, 2018

    Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life is coming apart. She receives phone calls from her missing daughter, has a breakdown while delivering a speech, and believes she has a brain tumor. When she visits “the other place,”a cottage on Cape Cod that the family once owned, the pieces start to fall into place. Fact blurs with fiction, past and present collide, and the truth about Juliana comes to the surface. This play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 before running on Broadway, where it received a nomination for the 2013 Tony Award.

    Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs
    Directed by Doug Lloyd
    Production Dates: May 11 –27, 2018

    Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender, lives in a trailer park and has purchased a painting for $3.00 at a thrift store that she believes to be an unknown painting by the great Jackson Pollock. She hires an art expert to verify the painting. Lionel Percy, a stuffy New York arts expert and a self-described connoisseur, goes to Bakersfield, California, to render his verdict as to whether Maude has a Pollock or a fake. This smash-hit comedy premiered in London in 2016 and has already had several productions across the United States.

    Paperless Ticketing

    by  • November 23, 2016

    green ticketThis season, we continue our move to be more environmentally friendly and will utilize paperless ticketing.  If you attended a performance last season, you’re already familiar with the process.  However, just in case, we thought we would remind everyone how it works. When you place an order for tickets (season, individual performance, change, and/or open),  the only available shipping method will be “Theatre Check-In.”  Once the order has been submitted, you’ll still receive an email confirmation of your order along with the date and time of the performance. Don’t forget to add the performance to your calendar.

    When you arrive at the theatre, on the day of the performance, you don’t need to do anything special.  When the House opens, you’ll proceed to the auditorium and check-in with the “Ticket Taker.”  You’ll be asked for your name.  That’s the name under which the order was submitted.  So, if your friend gave you his/her ticket, use his/her’s name.  Then, proceed in, select your seat, sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance.


    Shop and Give

    by  • November 23, 2016

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    Congratulations to the cast of…

    by  • March 24, 2017

    Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire

    Kari Carter as Cass
    Ian Manuel as Kip
    Kerry Simpson as Lois
    Scott Madden as Cap’n Mike
    Marcella Balin as Karla
    Richard Young as Glen
    Debra Strauss as Multi-woman

    Directed by Saul Caplan
    Produced by Melanie Brenner

    The show runs weekends May 12-28, 2017


    Auditions for

    by  • March 30, 2017

     ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller


    Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, June 26 & 27, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.
    Production dates: Aug 18-Sep 3, 2017

    The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
    430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
    937-278-5993 — www.daytontheatreguild.org

    Directed by Debra Kent
    Produced by K.L.Storer


    For more information, visit our Auditions page.