FutureFest 2017

Casts are listed below for the six Finalist plays for the 2017 FutureFest; the plays are listed in the order they will be performed during the festival. FutureFest will be presented at the Dayton Playhouse the weekend of July 21-23, 2017.

On Pine Knoll Street – STAGED
By Mark Cornell
Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Assistant Director: Jamie Pavlofsky
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8 PM

Synopsis: Thelma is a colorful and quick-witted 87-year old woman struggling with her memory.  Her devoted daughter Marilyn, with whom she now lives, is trying to make the best of the situation.  When Marilyn asks her neighbor Curtis, a struggling writer and stay-at-home father, to care for her mother and her beloved cats while she is at the beach, it sets in motion a friendship that tethers two families.  Funny and heartbreaking, On Pine Knoll Street is an intimate look at the joy and fragility of life, the meaning of home, and the things we do for love.

THELMA – Renee Franck Reed
MARILYN – Cheryl A. Mellen
CURTIS – John-Michael Lander
KRISTIE – Kari Carter
MITCHELL – Raef Norgaard

First, Do No Harm
By J. Thalia Cunningham
Directed by Jackie Darnell
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 AM

Synopsis: Our recent election galvanized a tsunami of concerns about race and healthcare. The CDC reported black Americans suffer higher rates of disability and preventable diseases than non-minorities. While blatant discrimination is no longer rampant, stereotyping persists. Hospitals emphasize the need for cultural diversity but, perhaps, have fallen short. Inspired by a real case, FIRST, DO NO HARM is the story of two African American mothers journeying along parallel paths of grief and guilt. It doesn’t attempt to answer the questions raised. There are no easy answers, and no single clinical guideline is useful in unraveling the spectrum of human physical, mental, and emotional response to illness.

DR. ALISON TAYLOR – Shanna Camacho
FEMALE ACTOR – Jennifer Lockwood
MALE ACTOR – Keshawn Mellon
NARRATION – Charlotte Harris

By Vince Gatton
Directed by Tim Rezash
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3 PM

Synopsis: Dan and Eric have a new marriage license, a new baby, and a new house in the country. As they settle into this new life, Dan is having what seem to be sleepwalking episodes. A ghost story told by a young visitor leads Eric to suspect that Dan’s sleepwalking is actually something far more sinister — but is it what he thinks it is? Or are there other forces at work? WAKE is a ghost story for the post-AIDS generation, a play about marriage, expectations, and the power of narrative to both heal and harm.

DAN – Brian Sharp
ERIC – Mark Sharp
TERRELL – Michael Groomes
ESME- Shyra Thomas
CHARLIE – Jason Penix

Magnificent Hubba Hubba – STAGED
Festival Winner and Audience Favorite
By Olga Humphrey
Directed by Annie Pesch
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 8 PM

Synopsis: A teenage boy tracks down his downtrodden, fiery, and foulmouthed idol –“The Magnificent Hubba Hubba” – an old-time woman wrestler now over 70 and working as a greeter at a hotel casino. He aims to set up the rematch of the century between her and her arch rival of years gone by. But what he really wants is to win the love of her estranged granddaughter, a high school wrestling star who hates his guts. A comedy about how true passion never grows old, and sometimes the best partnerships are the most unlikely ones.

LUCILLE – Becky Howard
ROY – Thomas Troutman
ALICE – Fran Pesch
LULU – Hannah Stickel
ZANE/ANNOUNCER – David Hallowren

The Spanish Prayer Book – READING
By Angela J. Davis
Directed by KJ Melson
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10 AM

Synopsis: In 2007, a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and extremely valuable illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain.  Financial struggles and a child’s recent hospitalization favor an initial plan to auction the books.  A moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge, however, following the discovery that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen, some six-hundred years after their creation, from a library in Berlin. Inspired by true events and a late twentieth-century court case, and using images from the books themselves, the play explores the allure of sacred manuscripts, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections.

JACOB ADLER – Jim Lockwood
JOAN ADLER – Cynthia Karns
MICHAELA ADLER – Kerry Simpson
JULIEN NAZIR – Matthew Lindsay
Understudy/Stage Reader – Michael Juergens
Understudy/Stage Reader – Niccole Sue Ann Wallace

The Puppeteer – STAGED
By Desireé York
Directed by Kip Moore
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3 PM

Synopsis: When Constance, a 1920’s jazz singer, chooses to stand on her own, not only is her name carried on through multiple generations, but so is her determination to find an identity in an ever changing world. Spanning five generations, starting in the Harlem Renaissance and ending in present day, the women from one African-American family struggle to overcome the roles assigned to them by society in order to find their way home.

CONSTANCE/CONNIE – Carolyn Seymore
ERNIE/MR. HOTCHKISS – Michael Schumacher
MISS DUNSTON – Chelsey Hall
MRS. COVINGTON – Corrine Duperree
MS. JENKINS – Tamar Fishbein
MS. EVANS – Barb Hartlely