39 Steps, Permanent Collection and Coffin Musical right next to me Will Play Human Race | Playbill

News 39 Steps, Permanent Collection and Coffin Musical right next to me Will Play Human Race
Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH, will fully produce right next to me, Gregg Coffin's new musical that was developed by the troupe in a summer 2008 reading.

The production, to run May 26–June 12, 2011, is one of six titles announced for HRTC's 2010-11 season.

According to HRTC notes, "From the gifted composer-playwright who created the Human Race hits Convenience and Five Course Love comes a new musical about a military wife's struggles when her husband is sent to Iraq, and the family that supports her. Gregg Coffin calls right next to me a story about the distance between people and the space love leaves behind when it goes." The musical evolved from a workshop by The Human Race in July 2009.

The season begins with the previously announced special collaboration with Wright State University's Theatre Department: the joint production of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County, presented at Wright State's Festival Playhouse Sept. 23– Oct. 10.

Back at the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton, audiences can expect:

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Oct. 21-Nov. 7

The comic, four-actor take on the 1935 Hitchcock movie based on John Buchan's novel. 8-Track: The Sounds of the '70s
Conceived by Rick Seeber
Musical arrangements by Michael Gribbin
Dec. 2-19

A revue of "rockin' nostalgia" that presents songs of the '70s. "Expect plenty of flashy outfits and hairdos as four talented performers rediscover the heart and soul of the forgotten decade, with music made famous by artists from Donna Summer to the Eagles to Debby Boone."

Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Jan. 27-Feb. 13, 2011

The Shakespeare comedy about shipwrecked twins, romance and mistaken identity.

Permanent Collection
By Thomas Gibbons
April 14-May 1, 2011

"The eccentric creator and benefactor of the fictional Morris Foundation takes an odd turn when he wills his important art collection to an historically black college. When the college selects an African-American businessman as the museum's director, he discovers significant African-American sculptures stored away and intends to display them, setting off gripping battles on both racial and artistic fronts."

For subscription information, call (937) 228-3630 or toll-free at (888) 228-3630, or in person at the Schuster Center Box Office.

The Loft Season is again sponsored by The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation.


Founded in 1986, The Human Race Theatre Company moved to the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence at the 219-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces for the Victoria Theatre's Broadway Series, the Musical Theatre Workshop series, and special event programming. The Human Race, under the direction of artistic director Marsha Hanna and executive director Kevin Moore, also maintains education and outreach programs for children, teens and adults, as well as artist residencies in area schools, The Muse Machine In-School Tour, Youth Summer Stock, and The Human Race Conservatory.

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