• Our 2019-20 Season

    DAYTON THEATREGUILD

    ANNOUNCES ITS

    20192020 SEASON


    The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, by John Bishop
    Directed by Doug Lloyd
    Production dates: 8/23 – 9/08/2019
    Auditions: (July 8 & 9, 2019)

    The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher,” assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at an exclusive Westchester estate. But the infamous “Slasher” reappears and strikes again—and again.  As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard cuts off any possibility of leaving. Bodies start to drop in plain sight, and the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate helps solve the mystery in the nick of time and the “Slasher” is ultimately unmasked.

     

     


    Decision Height, by Meredith Dayna Levy
    Directed by David Senatore
    Production dates: 10/11 – 10/27/2019
    Auditions: 8/26, 27 (2019)

    Decision Height tells the story of six Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (called WASPS) who flew aircraft during World War II. While they didn’t see combat, these ladies were responsible for transporting planes and pulling targets for live ammunition training, freeing the men for active duty after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The WASPS proved an important asset for the military, but have been largely forgotten in the history books. This play was the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

     

     

     


    Icebergs, by Alena Smith
    Directed by Debra Kent
    Production dates: 11/29 – 12/15/2019
    Auditions: 10/14, 15 (2019)

    Welcome to Los Angeles, California, where the weather is always nice, and the future looks bright –
    mostly. We visit the trendy Silver Lake hills of L.A. on a warm November evening, on the Day of the Dead. Calder is a promising writer-director, and his wife Abigail is an actor still waiting for her big break. An old school buddy of Calder’s visits, as does his agent, and Abigail’s friend Molly – who stops over to read Tarot cards. The evening weighs in on loyalty, principles, climate trauma, carbon footprints, the fear of having children, and the fate of humankind.

     

     

     


    Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, by Ed Schmidt
    Directed by Rick Flynn
    Production dates: 1/24 – 2/09/2020
    Auditions: 12/2, 3 (2019)

    In a NYC hotel room, in the spring of 1947, Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, meets with four prominent African-Americans to discuss breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.  He wants support from their community to help with the controversy he knows will ensue. Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Paul Robeson, and Bill Robinson, aka Mr. Bojangles, attend the meeting – but it isn’t an easy fix. Concern about loss of jobs, as well as suspicion about Branch Rickey’s motives, come into play. The 2012 revival was nominated for three Jeff Awards for Play Production, Direction, and Ensemble.

     

     


    Morning’s At Seven, by Paul Osborn
    Directed by Kathy Mola
    Production dates: 3/20 – 4/05/2020
    Auditions: 1/27, 28 (2020)

    This 1939 comedy tells the story of four aging sisters who live in a small mid-western town, and their long-standing sibling rivalries. Three of them–Ida, Cora and Arry–have lived next door to each other for fifty years, and Esther, the eldest, lives only a few blocks away. We quickly learn that living so close to one another has taken its toll. Some start to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late. In 1980, Morning’s At Seven was nominated for the Tony award for Best Revival of a Play.

     

     

     


    The Old Man and the Old Moon, Book/music/lyrics Pigpen Theatre Co. A PLAY WITH MUSIC
    Directed by Jeff Sams
    Production dates: 5/29 – 6/14/2020
    Auditions: 3/23, 24 (2020)

    The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post to find her and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea reminds them—and us—of the unwavering
    power of love. This is basic storytelling at its best and a lesson about the inevitability of change. It reminds us of the magic of folktales that take place in a timeless land far, far away.