Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

BY: Lisa Seibert
last updated 03/29/2016
Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Human Race Theatre Company will celebrate their 30th anniversary during the 2016-17 season and has selected five titles sure to delight and the holiday return of Santaland Diaries.

Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Human Race Theatre Company is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary as Dayton's premier professional regional theatre company by unveiling an updated company logo and announcing its 2016-2017 season of shows at its home, the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton. The season, with two musicals and four plays, begins September 8, 2016.

"Thirty seasons-it's hard to believe," reflects Human Race President and Artistic Director Kevin Moore. "It's a great milestone and a testament to the support of our audiences-many of whom, like me, have been with The Human Race since our start in 1986."

Moore sees the thirtieth year as an opportunity to honor the company's past successes while taking a leap into its future, primarily by introducing a updated logo. "We've streamlined our logo-updated it for a new generation-while retaining many of its former elements," says Moore. "We're still The Human Race Theatre, but as a company, we continue to grow and mature."

The Human Race will address the all-too-often occurrence of gun violence when it presents the world premiere of Eric Ulloa's drama, 26 Pebbles. Following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ulloa visited Newtown, Connecticut, and interviewed a number of its townspeople about that tragic day and its aftermath. 

With their blessing, he collected those interviews and developed them into a six-person play where the actors take on multiple roles. "The hope and determination of the people of Newtown floored me in the weeks I spent up there," says Ulloa. "I know that their fierce spirit will touch every person that leaves the theatre."

Bringing the play to the Dayton theatre felt like a natural move to the actor/playwright. "When many people think of Ohio, they think of Main Street, USA and all the nostalgic qualities that make it the heart of America," he explains. "By having 26 Pebbles' world premiere at The Human Race, my creative home since 2008, we have the unique opportunity of starting dialogue about this American epidemic right here in the heart of our great country."


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
September 8 - October 2, 2016

Hail Mary! (A family friendly comedy)
November 3 - 20, 2016

26 Pebbles, A World Premiere
February 2 - 19, 2017

On Golden Pond
April 6 - 23, 2017

Anne of Green Gables
June 1 - 25, 2017


The Santaland Diaries
December 8 - 17, 2016

Subscriptions are available in 3, 4 and 5 show packages, as well as in Flex Pass plans. Single tickets to Sweeney Todd and Hail Mary! go on sale August 1, with tickets to future productions on sale later in the season. More ticketing and performance information on The Human Race Theatre Company's current and 2016-2017 Loft seasons are available online at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

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