Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel
starring Jennifer Joplin as “Erma Bombeck”
directed by Heather N. Powell

April 19 – May 13, 2018
in The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center

Dayton’s own Erma Bombeck takes center stage in this touching one-woman comedy. Human Race Resident Artist Jennifer Joplin stars as the literary icon whose candid commentary on life as a woman, spouse and mother made her the champion of suburban housewives everywhere and her newspaper columns a mainstay on kitchen refrigerators for over thirty years. Full of personal anecdotes and sprinkled with plenty of Bombeck’s famous one-liners, it’s a charming biography that proves “if you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.”

Run time: 60 minutes, with no intermission

On sale now.

All seats $25, general admission.
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End is not a part of Loft Season subscription packages.

Performance Schedule

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Special Performance Legend


Preview Performance


Opening Night


Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)

Creative Team

Allison Engel • Playwright

Bio to come.

Margaret Engel • Playwright

Bio to come.

Heather N. Powell • Director

Bio to come.


Jennifer Joplin*+ • Erma Bombeck

Jennifer Joplin*+ • Erma Bombeck

Bio to come.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.