On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Theatre Guild, Wright State University and Human Race Theatre

 By Zach Rogers

“Ghosts” presented by the Dayton Theatre Guild

The Dayton Theatre Guild proudly welcomes “Ghosts,” a powerful drama by Henrik Ibsen. With a new translation penned by Christopher Hampton, this classic tale is getting hit with the refresh button as Lisa Howard-Welch and Jared Mola star as Mrs. Helene Alving and Osvald Alving, respectively. The play centers on a family with plenty of secrets to hide. When Osvald returns home in order to dedicate an orphanage in his late father’s name, he comes home to more than he bargained for as deep family secrets emerge from the cracks. The play itself is one of  Ibsen’s most popular and controversial plays, and like many of his most famous works it’s a personal commentary on 19th century morality. The “ghosts” in question are not actual spirits, but rather they are metaphors for the dark, taboo topics in which this family finds themselves tangled. This production of “Ghosts” is directed by Matthew W. Smith and also stars Chuck Larkowski as Pastor Manders, Dave Nickel as Jakob Enstrand and Angela Timpone as Regine Enstrand. “Ghosts” is a three act play and has a total runtime of 145 minutes including two intermissions. The production runs from Jan. 11-27. Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students with a valid school ID. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit


“1913: The Great Dayton Flood” presented by Wright State University

In order to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the flood that changed the city forever, Wright State University’s theatre department is welcoming “1913: The Great Dayton Flood,” a play based on the book “Time of Terror: the Great Dayton Flood” by Allan W. Eckert. The play has had much success in the past, where it won a record number of awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival during its original run in 1997. It also played four sold-out shows here at the Victoria Theatre that year, where it was well-received by many survivors of the flood. It’s a story about survival, strength and hope as the audience follows along with the heroic feats and challenges that put many Daytonians to the test during that time. It’s directed by Stuart McDowell, who said that revamping the play for the anniversary was “one of the most thrilling and rewarding rehearsals I have ever had with this astonishing cast.” In order to prepare, the cast and crew took to the archives so that they could get closer to the source of the material, and it included visiting libraries, flood sites and even the graveyard where both victims and survivors of the flood were laid to rest. “1913: The Great Dayton Flood” has a stacked cast that includes Lawrence Dunford as William G. Sloan, Brandon Kinley as Frank Thoro, Tyrell Reggins as Rev. Primus Alston and Sean Jones as John H. Patterson, just to name a few. The play runs from Jan. 24-Feb. 10. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors and are available through the Wright State University box office at 937.775.2500. For more information on this play and others, visit   www.wright.edu.  


“Lombardi” presented by the Human Race Theatre Company

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the Human Race Theatre Company presents “Lombardi,” a drama based on the stirring life of famed football coach and legend Vince Lombardi. With a screenplay written by Eric Simonson which is based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” by David Maraniss, the play is told through the eyes of Michael McCormick, a young, upbeat reporter who is assigned the somewhat difficult task of following the Green Bay Packers’ coach circa 1965 and writing an article about Lombardi’s success. His quest leads to much more than McCormick could have ever imagined. Underneath the shine and gloss of a sports giant hides a father, a husband, a friend and an enemy, and the play sheds light on the many aspects of Lombardi’s life that few knew about except for those closest to him. After a run on Broadway, “Lombardi “ comes to Dayton right after the Super Bowl, and the Human Race Theatre Company hopes that it will attract a new audience who might not be so familiar with the stage: sports fans. With football fever coming to an end after the big game, “Lombardi” is the perfect way to get that extra dose of football in your life, especially when you consider the fact that there really aren’t many sports-themed plays in the area. Director Tim Lile leads a cast that includes Edward Furs as Vince Lombardi, Marcy McGuigan as his wife Marie Lombardi and Jarred Baugh as reporter Michael McCormick. In addition, the play’s cast includes the names of many Green Bay Packers football players who played with Lombardi throughout the years, including Paul Hornung, who is played by Brandon Dahlquist, Jim Taylor played by Ryan Imhoff and David Robinson played by Gabriel Lawrence. “Lombardi” runs from Feb. 7-24. Tickets are $36 for a weeknight show and $40 for a weekend show. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketcenterstage.com, and for more information on this play visit

Reach DCP freelance writer Zach Rogers at ZachRogers@daytoncitypaper.com

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