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    by  • April 14, 2016

    by Horton Foote

    Production dates: Apr 15-May 1, 2016

    Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940’s Houston, Texas, with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish — just once before she dies — is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as “home.” But her son, Ludies, is too concerned for her health to allow her travel alone, and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don’t have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts “escape” attempts each month, which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts’ Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape, and one last trip home.

    Directed by Craig Smith
    Produced by Debra Kent

    Run time:  2 hours 10 minutes (includes 15 minutes intermission)

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    by  • December 31, 2015

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    For Immediate Release – A New Season of Play Readings

    by  • March 1, 2016

    The Ohio Playwrights Circle, in association with the Dayton Theatre Guild, is pleased to offer a season of new play readings at the Caryl D. Philips Theatre Scape in Dayton. You are invited to come and experience these new readings by local playwrights and screenwriters, including scenes, short plays, full plays and screenplays.

    The dates and times for the upcoming readings are:

    October 24, 2015 at 7pm – Six short readings from new playwrights
    December 12, 2015 at 7pm – New script reading
    February 6, 2016 at 7pm – New script reading
    March 19, 2016 at 2pm
    May 7, 2016 at 2pm
    June 19, 2016 at 2pm

    The Dayton Theatre Guild is generously providing their theatre space for these new readings at the Caryl D. Philips Theatre Scape, located at 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton Ohio 45410. Audience members will be asked to participate in brief feedback sessions for the writers. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

    The Ohio Playwrights Circle (OPC) exists to bring opportunities and education to Ohio playwrights. OPC is a project of the American Artworks Foundation. For additional information please contact Ohio Playwrights Circle at:

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Playwrights-Circle/269003976491324

    Blog: http://ohioplaywrightscircle.wordpress.com/

    Dayton Theater Guild, 430 Wayne Avenue, Dayton, OH 45410

    Congratulations to the cast of…

    by  • April 26, 2016

    Last Gast by John Cariania

    Production dates: May 27 – June 12, 2016

    Directed by Debra Kent
    Produced by K.L. Storer

    CAST LIST (in order of appearance):

    Jared Mola as Nat Paradis
    Rick Flynn as Gauy Gagnon
    Dave Williamson as Dwight Paradis
    Rachel Wilson as Cherry-Tracy Pulcifer
    Angela Dermer as Lurene Legassey Soloway

    The role of Troy Paradis-Pulcifer is not yet cast

    Announcing Our 2016-2017 Season

    by  • March 1, 2016


    2016 – 2017 Season

    1 – The Last Lifeboat by Luke Yankee
    Production dates 8/19 – 9/04/2016
    Directed by Jeff Sams

    Joseph Bruce Ismay, an English businessman who served as chairman and managing director of the White Star Line of steamships becomes the perfect scapegoat for the sinking of the Titanic.  Ismay saved as many people as he could, but with no women and children in sight, he stepped into the last lifeboat…and was branded a coward and a traitor forever.  This play deals not only with the disaster itself, but the sensationalized trials and aftermath of an event that changed the world forever.  

    2 – The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham
    Production dates 10/07 – 10/23/2016
    Directed by Kathy Mola

    An older couple, Gunner and Peg, live on Chesapeake Bay.  Gunner now suffers from Alzheimer’s, and their grown son comes to visit them one autumn to help his mother with decisions that need to be made.  Peg wants to move into a senior facility, but Gunner wants to leave his wife and son something other than the bitter memories and resentments he is sure they hold against him.

    3 – The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin by Steven Levenson
    Production dates 11/18 – 12/04/2016
    Directed by Margie Strader

    Tom Durnin is a disgraced lawyer who returns to his family seeking redemption after serving time in prison for a white-collar crime.  He is determined to win back the respect he believes he deserves, even if that means ripping apart the new life his family has so carefully put together in his absence.  This play is about the price we pay for defaulting on those we love.

    4 – Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman
    Production dates 1/20 – 2/05/2017
    Directed by Debra Kent

    A veteran social worker believes she has a typical case on her hands when she meets two teenaged drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby daughter.  She places the six-month-old baby in the care of her maternal grandmother, who requests permanent adoption.  Is it better for the child to be reared by a rabidly evangelical grandmother or eventually to be reunited with the rehabilitated parents?  This very contemporary play is about moral dilemma, faith and forgiveness.

    5 – The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
    Production dates 3/17 – 4/02/2017
    Directed by David Shough

    Joseph Merrick was a 19th century British man who became the star of a traveling freak show circuit because of his physical deformities.  When a renowned doctor takes Merrick under his care at London Hospital, he is astonished by Merrick’s brilliant intelligence and unshakable faith. But with Merrick’s new life comes new complexity… and a “normal” existence begins to seem all but impossible.  Based on a real-life story, The Elephant Man was first performed in 1979 and recently revived on Broadway.   

    6 – Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire
    Production dates 5/12 – 5/28/2017
    Directed by Saul Caplan

    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.