DAYTON THEATRE GUILD
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.