FutureFest 2015

The 25th Anniversary FutureFest!

July 17 – 19, 2015

The Dayton Playhouse and the FutureFest 2015 Committees are pleased to announce the six finalist plays for FutureFest 2015:

Hail the Conquering Hero – by Rich Amada
Directed by Fran Pesch
Friday, July 17 – 8 PM

[Full staging] Tom Azuric is a radio humorist who has toiled for years in various stations around the country until he has finally made it to the biggest U.S. radio market of them all – New York City. However, judging from his demeanor, his family can sense that something is terribly wrong. Despite his professional success, Tom, it seems, has failed to fulfill a promise to his deceased mother, leaving him feeling terribly inadequate. That feeling, coupled with the pressure his boss is putting on him to engage in some sleazy politics, is pushing Tom to the breaking point.

TOM AZURIC: J. Gary Thompson
GINNY AZURIC: Terry Larson
KIMBERLY AZURIC: Cydnie Hampton
MARILYN FROLING: Cynthia Karns
WALLY FROLING: K. L. Storer
BUD PEEL: Shawn Hooks
MOM: Kathleen Durig
SYLVIA SANCHEZ: Annie Pesch

Book of Hours – by Thomas Klocke
Directed by Brennan Paulin
Saturday, July 18 – 10 AM

[Staged reading] Margins, decorative marginalia, marginalized people.  Every connotation of the word is broached when one 14th century Manuscript Illuminator stands his ground for artistic integrity against the heavy handed censorship of the Church which commissioned the handmade BOOK OF HOURS devotional.  To tell the story, the play crosses centuries and oceans, from the Biblical times of Abraham and his sons to contemporary gay street hustlers just trying to survive in the margins of an uncaring city.

ZAK (Isaac): William Scarborough
FUGITIVE GREEN: Joe Meyer
ILLUMINATOR: Richard Young
ANGEL: Amy Taint
INTERNATIONAL STYLE: Chuck Larkowski
IZZIE (Ishmael): Matthew Smith

Return to Goodnight – by Jared Robert Strange
Directed by Debra Kent
Saturday, July 18 – 3 PM

[Staged reading] Irene Deckard has lost her father, but she may also lose her mind fulfilling his final wishes, which involve bringing his remains from Montana all the way down to Goodnight, Texas, and in the company of her gay ex-husband Casper, no less. It’s all part of a promise they made to her father a long time ago, a promise that will bring them together for the first time in thirty years to face old demons, discover new truths, and maybe – just maybe – rekindle their long-dead friendship.

IRENE DECKARD: Cheryl Mellen
CASPER KELLY: Rick Flynn

The Consul, the Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart – by John Morogiello
Directed by Jim Lockwood
Saturday, July 18 – 8 PM 

FESTIVAL WINNER

[Full staging] On the eve of World War II, Georg Gyssling, the nazi consul to Hollywood, confronts Mary Pickford, the silent film star and co-founder of United Artists, to stop production on Charlie Chaplin’s controversial first talkie, The Great Dictator. Gyssling succeeds until war is declared and the movie is needed to buck up the allies.

MISS HOLLOMBE: Maggie Carroll
GEORG GYSSLING: David Hallowren
MARY PICKFORD: Debra Strauss
CHARLES CHAPLIN: Matthew Lindsay

Blue Over You – by Dan Noonan
Directed by Saul Caplan
Sunday, July 19 – 10 AM

[Staged reading] Where’s Mitzi? What happened to Mitzi?! Francis, an enchanting high school drama teacher, comes home to discover that his wife, Mitzi, is missing. Did she leave because of his infantile behavior, has she run off with the hunky maintenance man, or is something much darker at work here? Join this song-and-dance man as he tries to find Mitzi and woo her back.

FRANCIS: Robb Willoughby

Smoke – by Gloria Bond Clunie
Directed by Geoff Burkman
Sunday, July 19 – 3 PM

[Full staging] In the drama SMOKE, country store owner Ora Rakestraw wants no parts of the mysterious Wallace Johnson when he descends upon her tiny southern town to organize tobacco workers.  It’s the 1960’s— and though Kennedy orders the Surgeon General to investigate smoking— tobacco is king in Carolina.   The Marlboro Man, Lucky Strikes, and Camels are Kool because they put food on the table for her customers.  As promises are made and secrets revealed, love collides with small town politics in one hot, tumultuous summer!

ORA RAKESTRAW: Megan Cooper
WALLACE JOHNSON: Ray Geiger
“MAMA” LIZ SOMMERVILLE: Dodie Lockwood
SHERIFF ORVILLE HAYES: Mike Rousculp