• Our Final Production of the 2017-18 Season

    by  • April 3, 2018

    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.

    Run time: Will be available by Wednesday, May 9, 2018

     

     


     

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    by  • November 30, 2017

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    Announcing Our 2018-2019 Season

    by  • March 13, 2018

    DAYTON THEATREGUILD

    ANNOUNCES ITS

    20182019 SEASON


    The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
    Directed by Kathy Mola
    4M, 4W
    Audition Dates: June 4 & 5, 2018
    Production Dates: August 17 – September 2, 2018

    In a small Alabama town in the year 1900, a southern family’s selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. Three siblings –the manipulative Regina, the cruel and arrogant Oscar, and the possessive Benjamin—have decided to partner together to increase their already substantial, ill-gotten wealth. But Regina’s terminally ill husband, Horace, refuses to give them the money they need. In the end, blood and money mix with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind.


    This Random World by Steven Dietz
    Directed by Margie Strader
    3M, 5W
    Audition Dates: August 20 & 21, 2018
    Production Dates: October 5 – 21, 2018

    We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but how often do we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing? From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape, and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. Following a web of characters whose interwoven lives collide but never quite connect, This Random World shows us that, through the power of chance, we might be closer to each other than we know.


    The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
    Directed by David Shough
    5M, 4W
    Audition Dates: November 19 & 20, 2018
    Production Dates: January 11 – 27, 2019

    The Shadow Box made its Broadway debut in 1977, winning both a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, different parts of the country, and are each dying of cancer. They are living their final days with friends and family in a hospice cottage on the grounds of a large California hospital. Joe’s wife is in denial, Felicity awaits a visit from her daughter, and Brian plays referee between his ex-wife and his male lover. Each day, the patients are observed and counseled by an invisible Interviewer as they talk candidly about their emotional and physical struggles.


    Our Mother’s Brief Affair by Richard Greenberg
    Directed by Patrick Allyn Hayes
    2M, 2W
    Audition Dates: January 14 & 15, 2019
    Production Dates: March 1 – 17, 2019

    Anna is in the hospital having the latest of her frequent deathbed scenes, and this one looks like it may be the real deal. She makes a shocking confession to her grown children about an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.


    Nice Girl by Melissa Ross
    Directed by Debra Kent
    1M, 3W
    Audition Dates: March 4 & 5, 2019
    Production Dates: April 19 – May 5, 2019

    In suburban Massachusetts in the mid-1980’s, thirty-something-year-old Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job as a secretary and still lives at home with her hypochondriac mother. She started college but never finished, and has settled into a life that doesn’t offer much hope for the future. But when a new friendship at work and a chance flirtation with an old classmate give her hope for the possibility of change, she dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes and begins to take tentative steps towards a new life. This is a play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.


    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by Jethro Compton
    Directed by J Gary Thompson
    6M, 1W (+extras)
    Audition Dates: April 22 & 23, 2019
    Production Dates: June 7 – 23, 2019

    Journey into the Wild West in the year 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life, he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home. A local girl gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? He must make the choice to turn and run or to stand up for what he believes.


    SEASON EXTRA:
    The Man Who Killed the Cure by Luke Yankee
    Directed by Jeff Sams
    Production Dates: November 16-25, 2018

    The Man Who Killed the Cure, a controversial new play by The Last Lifeboat playwright Luke Yankee, is based on the life and death of Dr. Max Gerson, one of the fathers of natural healing. Two doctors, who are colleagues, friends, and men of science, survive Nazi Germany and make their way to America. Dr. Max Gerson believes in natural healing techniques while his former best friend and new adversary gets rich trying to stop him. This play is about the times we live in, one man’s betrayal of another, and a timeless investigation of the hypocrisy that poisons the world of modern medicine.


     

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    Congratulations to the cast of…

    by  • April 3, 2018

    Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs

    Chuck Larkowski as Lionel Percy
    Rachel Oprea as Maude Gutman

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!