Thursday, April 18, 2013

REP STAGE PRODUCES CLASSIC 1960s FRENCH FARCE

RepStage ProductionBOEING BOEING
By Marc Camoletti
Directed by Karl Kippola

WHEN: April 17, with a limited run through May 5; Thursdays through Sundays 
WHERE:
Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of Howard County College
TICKETS: $37; $35 seniors/military; $15 student
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Karl Kippola, who starred as Tom Wingfield in Rep’s 2010 production of The Glass Menagerie, directs this comedic romp through 1960s Paris where Bernard, an American bachelor playboy, must juggle the comings and goings of his three air-hostess fiancées, his overworked acerbic French maid, and an old friend who unexpectedly arrives from Wisconsin. Bernard has the arrivals and departures of the trio of international air-hostesses perfectly scheduled by using the airlines own timetables—until the addition of the Boeing Boeing jets. Suddenly, air travel gets faster and turbulence ensues until everyone arrives at Bernard’s Parisian love-nest at the same time.

Boeing Boeing features James Whalen as Bernard; Paul Edward Hope as Robert, the friend; and Nanna Ingvarsson as Berthe, the French maid; with Allison Leigh Corke, Kelsea Edgerly, and Molly Cahill Govern coming in for a landing as the three international flight attendants.

A post-show reception follows the Saturday, April 20, evening performance and free post-show discussions follow performances on Friday, April 26 and Friday, May 3. Audience members are invited to join cast members and the Rep Stage artistic team for a lively discussion.

A 12:30 PM pre-show lecture will precede the Saturday matinee performance on May 4 in the Monteabaro Recital Hall. Dramaturg Dr. Lisa Wilde and Rep Stage’s departing producing artistic director, Michael Stebbins, will discuss the tenure and practice of artistic directorship at Rep Stage.

Rep Stage Reading Series
LEAR, Inherited by Home director Duane Boutte is a new look at William Shakespeare’s King Lear, performed by a cast of four. Rooted in American pop culture, this revision examines the families of Lear and Gloucester as informed by decades of reality television. Though almost all the words are Shakespeare’s, this streamlined rendition reveals new relevance for today’s audience. Discover how Shakespeare’s play relates to current, cultural representations of “family drama.”

All lectures and readings are free and open to the public. Please visit www.repstage.org for tickets, dates and additional information.

About Boeing Boeing
Boeing Boeing premiered in Paris in 1960 where it ran for 19 years. It was written by French playwright Marc Camoletti and is the world’s most-performed French play. An English version ran in London to much success for seven years in the 1960s, but only appeared on Broadway briefly in 1965 for 23 performances. The play was made into a movie starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis, and the 2008 revival with a translation by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans earned multiple Tony-awards and was heralded as a bona fide Broadway smash.

The Boeing Boeing Design Team includes Daniel Ettinger (scenic design), Jason Arnold (lighting design), Matt Straka (sound design), Natalia Chavez Leimkuhler (properties design), Jennifer Tardiff Beall (costume design), Raine Bode (production stage manager) and Nancy Krebs (vocal and dialect coach).

About Rep Stage
Rep Stage, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is in its 20th season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC Metro area theater company and is eligible for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Howard Bank is the Rep Stage 2012-13 season partner.