Eve Plumb, the actress best-known for her role of Jan Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” will play Elyse Keaton in The Human Race Theatre Company’s premiere of “Family Ties” comedy on stage. CONTRIBUTED

Why this Brady Bunch actress will be spending time in Dayton

If you weren’t already excited about seeing a stage adaptation of “Family Ties” debut here in Dayton this summer, here’s another reason you should be.

The cast includes a few familiar faces, including the actress who played Jan Brady on the TV classic “The Brady Bunch.”

The six-member cast features:

Jim Stanek from “Fun Home,” “Lestat” and “The Rivals” on Broadway will transform into Alex P. Keaton in The Human Race Theatre Company’s premiere of “Family Ties” comedy on stage. CONTRIBUTED

  • Jim Stanek (Fun Home, Lestat, The Rivals on Broadway) as “Alex.”
  • Eve Plumb (TV’s The Brady Bunch, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Fudge, Unbroken Circle Off-Broadway) will play the mom “Elyse” Lawrence Redmond (Intelligence at Arena Stage, A Prayer for Owen Meany at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre) plays the father “Steven.”
  • Thea Brooks (Dirty Dancing 1st national tour, I Love Lucy, Live on Stage national tour) plays “Mallory.”
  • Sara Mackie (Hands on a Hardbody and Other Desert Cities at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Green Gables for HRTC) is the youngest daughter, “Jennifer.”
  • Maggie Lou Rader (Heavier Than… at Know Theatre Cincinnati, Emma and Little Women at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company) rounds out the ensemble as Alex’s love interest, “Ellen.”

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The world premiere stage comedy Family Ties, written by Daniel Goldstein (The Song of Songs, Unknown Soldier and Row), based on the classic television series, directed by Human Race President & Artistic Director Kevin Moore and produced by special arrangement by Araca Media & Entertainment.

The preview performance of Family Ties is Thursday, June 1. Opening night is Friday, June 2, and the production runs through June 25 at HRTC’s home at downtown Dayton’s Loft Theatre.

Family Ties reunites audiences with one of the most beloved television families of the 1980s. Twenty years have passed and Alex P. Keaton, now running for Congress, returns to his parents’ Columbus home with his sisters, Mallory and Jennifer, who are parents of their own. Gathered together once again, they relive some of the most important moments from their childhood — the growing pains, heartbreaks and reconciliations — with fondness and appreciation for simpler times that defined a generation.

The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of Family Ties is under license by CBS Consumer Products and sponsored by the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts, Marion’s Piazza, Beth and Alan Schaeffer and The George B. Quatman Foundation – Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.


The creative team includes Tamara L. Honesty (Other Desert Cities, Becky’s New Car and Lombardi at HRTC), scenic design; Janet G. Powell (Sweeney Todd, The Full Monty and the world premiere of Family Shots at HRTC), costume design; Human Race Resident Artist John Rensel (The Glass Menagerie, Crowns and Next to Normal for HRTC), lighting design; Human Race Resident Artist Jay Brunner (the world premiere of 26 Pebbles, The Glass Menagerie and Hail Mary! at HRTC) sound design; and Lexi Muller, production stage manager.

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Tickets for the preview performance of Family Ties on June 1 start at $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $17.50 for students. For all performances June 2 – 25, single ticket prices start at $40 for adults, $37 for seniors and $20 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

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Ticket deals: A limited number of $12 and $25 side-area seats are available in advance for all performances. The Sunday, June 4 7 p.m. p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday,” when any available seat can be purchased in person for just $10 at the Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. Discounts are subject to availability and some restrictions apply.

All performances are at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton. Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings begin at 7 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday matinees.

Tickets and performance information for Family Ties are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

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