• Book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
  • Music by Schwartz, Craig Camelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor
  • Lyrics by Schwartz, Camelia, Grant, Taylor and Susan Birkenhead

Directed by Jim Lockwood


Jan. 31 – Feb. 16, 2014

When the 2011 revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Working opened in Chicago, the Sun-Times hailed it as “Superb! Winningly re-imagined,” and a whole new generation was introduced to the late Studs Terkel and his remarkable ability to bring out the meaning in the mundane and the dignity in every job.

Working is Stephen Schwartz’s musical adaptation of Terkel’s 1974 book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, a series of interviews with working people from all levels of the pay scale: unskilled laborers to company executives. Schwartz and Nina Faso’s book combined with musical contributions from such artists as Schwartz himself, James Taylor, and Mary Rodgers,  passionately explores the thoughts of 26 of Terkel’s workers as they reflect on what he called “their daily search for meaning as well as daily bread.”

Director Jim Lockwood, who won much praise last season for his direction of The Dayton Playhouse’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, has once again assembled a stellar cast: Matt Poliachik, Lynn Kesson, Matt Kuntzman, Suzanne Clabaugh, Kip Moore, and Tori T. Tuccillo. While he enjoys directing the show, Lockwood is quick to defer praise to the man originally responsible for the concept. He says, “I am grateful that Terkel felt that Americans deserved a chance to speak about their jobs–and that Stephen Schwartz heard them singing.”

Lockwood’s production crew includes Assistant Director Richard Brock, Musical Director Lorri Topping, Choreographer Allison Eder, and Stage Manager Melanie Davis.

Working will open Friday, January 31 and will run through February 16.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Special discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations may be made at, or by calling the Dayton Playhouse box office at 937-424-8477. The box office is generally open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m., however, messages may be left at any time and calls will be returned. Group sales must be done directly through the box office.


Man 1 Matt Poliachik
Man 2 Matt Kuntzman
Man 3 Kip Moore
Woman Lynn Kesson
Woman 2 Suzanne Clabaugh
Woman 3 Tori (Vicki) Tuccillo


Assistant Director Richard Brock
Musical Director Lorri Topping
Choreographer Allison Eder