The Loft Season
Our signature subscription season at the Loft Theatre consists of plays and musicals, recent releases, classics and premieres. Productions on the Loft Season are rehearsed, built and produced in Dayton. The Human Race produces under a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers.
The Victoria Theatre
From time to time, we present special events on the historic 1,100-seat theatre’s stage, like 2015’s Lewis Black in Concert and 2017’s co-production of A Christmas Story with the Victoria Theatre. For over 25 years, regional audiences enjoyed seeing our work in this magnificent venue when we produced one show each season on the Victoria Theatre Association’s Broadway Series.
New Works: Musical Theatre Workshops
The Human Race operates a residency and workshop series designed to develop new musicals. The Residency is a ten-day to two-week program that brings the writing team together for an un-interrupted work session with a handful of musical theatre artists. Our Workshop is a two-week program— working with professional performers/directors—and sometimes culminating in a public performance in a staged concert format.
New Works: Marsha Hanna New Play Workshops
Named after The Human Race Theatre Company’s late artistic director, the New Play Workshops program provides playwrights a residency opportunity in order to further develop a new play in a workshop setting, guided by a seasoned director and supported by professional actors. The process sometimes culminates in the staged reading of the play on the Loft Theatre stage.
Monday Night Playreading Series
Throughout the season, we will be hosting table readings of plays considered to be some of the best the theatre world has to offer, and all works of interest to The Human Race as potential full-productions. Open to the public and voiced by many of the region’s top performers, these readings provide an opportunity for theatre lovers to hear and enjoy scripts they may not be able to experience otherwise.
Our preview performance is on the Thursday evening prior to our Friday evening openings. In the tradition of Broadway, it offers a significantly reduced ticket price and is available for both subscription and single ticket buyers. (See Inside Track)
Pay What You Can Open Rehearsal
A special sneak peek with admittance of a cash donation of your choosing that will go to a not-for-profit service organization (which varies on a production-by-production basis) or canned goods/non-perishable food items to The Foodbank. This serves community needs as well as patrons who may find the regular performances more than their budgets can afford.
Pay What You Can open rehearsals occur on the Wednesday before the preview performance of productions in the Loft series. Numbers are handed out to patrons at 6:30 p.m. and they are admitted in order when the house opens at 7:30 p.m. If you wish to be notified about upcoming Pay What You Can open rehearsal dates via email, please sign up for our e-mail list and check the box marked “Pay What You Can” Open Rehearsals.
A pre-show discussion with the show’s director held in the Loft Lobby 45 minutes prior to the Thursday Preview. This is an opportunity for the audience to meet the director and learn about the creative process of producing the play they are about to see.
While We’re on the Subject
A moderated discussion held with the cast and the audience members immediately following the matinee performance on the second Sunday of a production. Frequently, a guest speaker joins the group to offer unique commentary concerning the topics brought to light by the production.
The Loft Bar
Wine, beer, mixed drinks and snack items are available in our lobby for every show. Drinks may be taken into the Loft during the performance.
Education & Community Engagement Programs
Artists in the Schools/Community Workshops
The Human Race develops curriculum-based workshops and activities to enliven and enrich students’ classroom learning experiences, opportunities to explore life-long learning, as well as workshops in the theatre craft of acting and technical theatre. From a one-time visit to a long-term residency, programs can be designed to fit the needs of the group. The 2020-2021 season already included two semester-long Shakespeare residencies, and a new “Stages & Stories” program.
Private Coaching Sessions are available for students ages 16–adult in acting, singing and/or audition preparation, and are taught by Human Race professionals.
Our subscribers are theatre patrons who enjoy the benefits of discounted tickets, select seating and special customer service by pre-purchasing a package of shows at the Loft. Each subscription package is priced to provide savings that increase with the size of the package.
Single Tickets go on sale to non-subscribers at specific times for each of our Loft shows. The prices vary based on the day of the week and the location in the theatre. All single tickets are sold through Ticket Center Stage and may include processing and mailing charges. Single Tickets are not refundable not can they be exchanged. (benefits of a subscriber)
Our new monthly Membership Plan allows you to treat your theatre experience like your Netflix account. By paying a regular monthly fee, you join an exclusive group with early access to prime seats – up to four per production for just $10 each. Members will be alerted by email of other discounts, perks and invitations to special events.
The Human Race Theatre Company operates a yearly fund campaign to support its operation. Tax-deductible support of the company by our audience shows their commitment to insuring that the company will continue into the future.
The Encore Society
Members of the Encore Society have provided for the company by including The Human Race in their estate plans.
Corporations, foundations or individuals can help support the company by sponsoring specific productions or projects and are publicized at these events.
The Human Race plans special productions, concerts and fundraising events each season to enhance our audience’s experience. Examples include holiday productions, Lewis Black in concert at the Victoria Theatre, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Concert and Mardi Gras fundraisers.