by Lewis Black
directed by Margarett Perry
Life in suburban Cincinnati is good for Doc and Delia Coleman on the morning they’re about to throw their eldest daughter the perfect wedding they never had, that is until her vagabond ex-boyfriend arrives on their doorstep and turns their best laid plans into total chaos. The result is a zany, door-slamming comedy about stressed-out parents, less-than-helpful siblings and interruptions galore from the mind of comedian Lewis Black. Will their daughter make it down the aisle or will the day end up a perfect disaster?
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Lewis Black (Playwright) has written The Laundry Hour (The Public), The Czar of Rock and Roll, Nightfall, and The Deal to name a few. His television appearances include his regular “Back in Black” segment on The Daily Show, host of his own show The Root of All Evil and The Big Bang Theory. He’s been in the films Man of the Year, Unaccompanied Minors, and Accepted. A published author, he has written three New York Times best sellers: Nothing’s Sacred, Me of Little Faith, and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas. As a stand-up, he performs in theaters throughout the country and the world. Most recently, he appeared on Broadway in his 2012 stand-up show: Running on Empty. His comedy CDs have won two Grammys. And he’s won an Emmy.
Margarett Perry (Director) is an award-winning director of new plays. She is a regular at The Human Race Theatre Company where her credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, The Retreat from Moscow, Painting Churches and the world premiere of Michael Slade’s Under a Red Moon. She has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country as well as in Los Angeles, Scotland and London. She is the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she has directed over 20 productions including Seminar, Sunset Baby, Old Times and Private Lives as well as world premieres by Rob Ackerman, Rachel Axler, Brian Dykstra and Brian Parks. Perry was the Producing Artistic Director of Access Theater in NYC for six years where she directed and produced numerous plays and world premieres. She is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center where she has worked with a variety of writers developing new plays. She is currently in development with Center Theatre Group on Brian Dykstra’s Use to Was (Maybe Did). Other upcoming projects include the world premiere of a Theresa Rebeck play at San Francisco Playhouse and Paloma by Anne Garcia-Romero at The Kitchen Theatre. Fun Fact: Her 2nd production in NYC (many years ago!) was a play by Brian Dykstra at the West Bank Café Downstairs Theatre Bar with Lewis Black introducing the show with a 20 minute set. www.margarettperry.com
Ray Zupp (Scenic Designer) A graduate of the University of Evansville, Ray has design credits to his name from both stage and television. He is a two-time ACTF Kennedy Center Award Winning designer and the current scenic designer with The Dayton Ballet, having designed their premiere productions of Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and the upcoming world premiere ballet of Dracula: Bloodlines. A longtime scenic artist for The Human Race Theatre Company, Zupp has also designed for various theatre companies around the US. Television credits include work on various reality shows for FOX, CMT, OWN, the HUB, MNET America, as well as Brothers & Sisters, Girls, Deception, and Orange is the New Black.
Janet G. Powell (Costume Designer) Costuming credits for The Human Race Theatre Company include two In-School Tours: A Dickens of a Time and Belch, Bottom and the Boys, and main stage productions of Steel Magnolias, The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical, Family Shots (world premiere), Taking Shakespeare (Midwest premiere), Other Desert Cities, Torch Song Trilogy, Avenue Q, Band Geeks!, 8 Track, Permanent Collection and The 39 Steps. She costumed Boeing Boeing and Parade, both joint productions of CCM and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. She is a retired Norwood City Schools artistic director/teacher where she directed, designed, and costumed over 150 shows. She is thankful to her husband and children for putting up with many years of theatrical insanity.
John Rensel (Lighting Designer) is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida. Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2014-15 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2014-15 season at the Schuster Center. John freely admits that he often loses his copies of the shows’ script.
Todd Mack Reischman (Sound Designer) is pleased to return to The Human Race Theatre. Past shows here include Seussical and Big River. Other design work of his has been heard in Indianapolis, Louisville, Rochester, Syracuse, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Edinburgh and Hoth. By day Todd is the resident sound designer at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, by night he can sometimes be found playing music with one of several bands. In his spare time Todd likes to pretend his pets aren’t in charge, eat soup with Bianca, talk or not talk, and write about himself in the third person.
Kay Carver (Production Stage Manager) graduated from Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures with a degree in Design/Technology and Stage Management. Her professional credits for The Human Race Theatre Company include Production Stage Manager for 19 productions on the past three Loft seasons, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Victoria Theatre, the 2013 Festival of New Musicals, MTW Dani Girl, Assistant Stage Manager for The Drowsy Chaperone and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and Production Assistant for Twelfth Night, The 39 Steps and Ordinary Days. She also served as the Production Stage Manager for the Wright State University/Dayton Philharmonic collaborative production of Bernstein’s Mass at the Schuster Center.
Dana Berger (Courtney) is a graduate of LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts in NYC and Duke University. She received a New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance for the one-woman show Washing Machine. The show was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Recent credits: Elementary (CBS), Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily (Dorset Theatre Festival), Seminar (Kitchen Theatre Company) and Streepshow! (Ars Nova). Other companies she has worked with include Target Margin Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, and Syracuse Stage. More info at www.DanaBerger.com
Alex Curtis (Ryan) is proud to make his debut at The Human Race Theatre Company. Before traveling to Dayton, Alex premiered his original one-man show CHALK (a silent comedy.) at FRIGID New York. Regional credits include: The Grapes of Wrath (Trinity Rep), Yellowjackets (Berkeley Rep), and Twelfth Night (Marin Shakes). On television, Alex has been seen on Next Step Realty (ABC Family), Forever (ABC), and – when he was thirteen and a half – the lip sync competition The Great Pretenders (Fox Family). Alex would like to thank the director, Margarett Perry, for inviting him to join this wild project and fun family, and his girlfriend, Casey, for loving and putting up with him. www.AlexMCurtis.com
Cecily Dowd (PB) is thrilled beyond belief to be involved in her first professional production. She has performed most recently in Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins as Winifred Banks and Mrs. Corry. Cecily is a junior at Centerville High School and has worked in many productions; among her favorites are Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Rosalia in West Side Story, and Logainne in 25th…Spelling Bee. Around the area, Cecily has taken part in productions with Epiphany Lutheran Drama Ministry, La Comedia, and Town Hall Theatre. She’d like to thank her high school drama teachers (Mr. Hamen, Mrs. Arber, Mr. Beumer, and Mr. C) for always encouraging her passion, and she would also like to thank The Human Race for such an incredible opportunity.
Brian Dykstra (Doc) is an actor, playwright, and HBO def Poet. Most recently: Patrick in The Nest at Denver Center. Broadway: Lucky Guy (with Tom Hanks, directed by George C. Wolfe). Stage: All the Way (LBJ), Red (Mark Rothko), Jerusalem (Rooster Byron), Seminar (Leonard - with Dana Berger and Alex Sunderhaus, directed by Margarett Perry), The Seagull (Trigorin), Hamlet (Claudius), Copenhagen (Heisenberg), A View from the Bridge (Eddie Carbon). Film/TV: Poor Behavior, Freedomland, Knight and Day, Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, Third Watch, HBO def Poetry. As Playwright: Hiding Behind Comets, Clean Alternatives, The Two of You, Strangerhorse, Forsaking All Others. Current projects include a musical adaptation of The Learned Ladies. briandykstra.net
Kyle Nunn (Harper) is a native of Cincinnati and a resident of NYC for the past 7 years. He is very thankful to be working with HRTC again (Miracle on South Division Street). Recent credits include Dogg’s Hamlet and Cahoot’s Macbeth at Phoenix Ensemble Theatre and Dungeon with Hit the Lights, Dad Theater Co. at the NYC Fringe Festival. BFA: College Conservatory of Music. AEA member. Big thanks to friends, family, Richard Hess, and Mo.
Rita Rehn (Delia) Broadway: Tony Award-winning Nine, A Chorus Line, Royal Family, (with Rosemary Harris). Off-Broadway: Marsha Norman’s Last Dance (with Jo Beth Williams), John Patrick Shanley’s Defiance with Stephen Lang, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady, The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, Call Me Waldo, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi. Tours: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (with Valerie Harper). Regional: Misalliance, Hamlet at NY Classical Theatre; Patsy in Always Patsy Cline, Sylvia, In the Book of, Over the River at Florida Studio Theatre; As Bees in Honey Drown (Best Actress, NJ Theatre Critics), And the World Goes Round (Best Featured Actress, NJ Theatre Critics) at Dreamcatcher Theatre; Humbug (first female Scrooge) at Premier Stages; Catch Me If You Can with Jamie Farr at Gretna Playhouse; Clifford Odet’s The Big Knife with Robert Beltran and Miguel Sandoval. Film: The Producers with Nathan Lane, Pocket Pair, Extras, Show Me a Hero and The Jinx (HBO). Television: Law & Order, Miami Vice, Moon over Miami, B.L. Stryker, Tough Cookies, General Hospital, Superboy, Black Jack Savage, plus numerous commercials and voice work.
Alex Sunderhaus (Melanie) Previous playtime with The Human Race: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and August: Osage County. New York/Regional: Seminar (Kitchen Theatre Company), Boeing Boeing (Millbrook Playhouse), Don’t Waste the Pretty, He Won’t Marry Me (The Puzzle Festival), Twelfth Night (American Theatre for Actors), I Do Wonder (Gene Frankel Theatre), to name a few. Film: Defrost (CMBA), Any Other Day, and Once Blind. Alex is also an improv player with Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. Originally from Cincinnati, OH and alum of Wright State University’s PATP BFA. So many thanks go out to Margarett, Kevin, Tara, and the HRTC family for bringing her back home! Many more thanks to friends and family for endless love and support, and to her Mom and Dad for being ridiculously good looking.