JANUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2014
By Marc Camoletti
Directed by Stephen Frankenfield
and Keith Wick
ABOUT THE PLAY
Bernard is engaged to Gloria.
And to Gabriella.
And to Gretchen.
His supersonic lifestyle hits turbulence when all three invade his swanky bachelor pad in this high-flying farce.
"The funniest play to hit Broadway in years." ~ The Wall Street Journal
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Added Thursday performances: February 6 and 13 at 7:30 PM
January 9 - February 15, 2014
Preview Performances: January 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available
To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
It was a great time for the Boeing Company in the 1960’s. Improvements in the aeronautics industry made for faster jets. Faster jets meant faster travel. And faster is better, right? Well, not for a swinging american bachelor living in Paris. For Bernard, the new Boeing jetliner means his timetables are all going to be thrown off. And when you have three fiancés, who all just happen to be air hostesses, timetables are extremely important.
Boeing Boeing holds all the traditional elements of a fantastic farce: physical humor, mistaken identities, fast-paced dialogue, and frantic, improbable plotting. Playwright Marc Camoletti adds a modern problem of technological advancements to the well known formula, which heightens the humor and complicates...well, everything. Through many of the plot points and much of the dialogue, it also gives us a glimpse into the changing culture of the 60s.
For Bernard it’s a time of skewed ethics and reckless pleasure. It may not be morally right, but it’s certainly a lifestyle that’s fun to laugh at - perhaps because most of us would never engage in it.
- Stephen Frankenfield, Director
“Not wives, fiancés. You have all the advantages of married life with none of the drawbacks. Fiancés are much friendlier than wives. And you don’t need all that many. I do very well with three.”
- Bernard, Boeing Boeing
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Marc Camoletti (1923-2003) authored more than 40 plays and became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France. BOEING-BOEING, his first major international success, ran for seven years and 2000 performances in its debut London production. It became the Guinness Book of Records most performed French play worldwide. The Paramount film starred Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis and Thelma Ritter. A later play, Don’t dress for Dinner, also ran for seven years in London’s West End. A French citizen, born in Geneva, and an acclaimed artistand associate of the Soceiete National des Beaux Arts, Marc Camoletti’s theatre career launched with three plays running simultaneously in Paris. Ten of his plays have also been produced for television. His work continues to flourish in numerous languages and some 55 countries. He died in 2003.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Stephen Frankenfield (Director) was last seen on LTW’s Mainstage in TWO INTO ONE (Richard Wiley) and in Etcetera’s PLAYING WITH FIRE (Frankenstein). He was recently a creative collaborator for Etcetera’s production of MIXTAPE. He directed BOEING BOEING, SOUVENIR, SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and most recently for LTW's Family Theatre, PETER AND THE WOLF, and DELIA AND THE MUD PEOPLE, and wrote and directed THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF. Notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 10 years, include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE RAINMAKER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, DEARLY DEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and TUNA CHRISTMAS. He has been nominated for 3 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and once for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Candace Bean (Gloria) is delighted to be appearing in her second LTW show. A native of Southeast Michigan, she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Albion College. She was previously seen in HOLIDAY MEMORIES (Woman) at LTW. In Arizona, she has also worked with Beowulf Alley, The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players, Red Barn Theatre, and Old Pueblo Playwrights. Some favorite past productions include CRIMES OF THE HEART (Babe), DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF (Desdemona), ALMOST MAINE (Rhonda, Marvalynn, Waitress), FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER (The Woman in Pink, Cassandra, Eilert, etc.), THE UNDERPANTS (Louise), RABBIT HOLE (Izzy), FOOD FOR FISH (Dexter), THE TEMPEST (Miranda), RED HERRING (Mrs. Kravitz), and MAJOR BARBARA (Barbara Undershaft).
Amanda Gremel (Bertha) - is the Director of Family Theatre and Director of the OnSage Education program at LTW. Her passion is to teach young students to appreciate the arts and use it in their everyday lives. She was last seen on the mainstage in REGRETS ONLY (Spencer). Some of her favorite roles include HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Chorus) which won the MAC Award for best Drama, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Janet), KIMBERLY AKIMBO (Patty), and DOG SEES GOD (CB's Sister). She has performed in children’s theatre for over 10 years. Some roles include ROBIN HOOD (The Sherif of Nottingham), THE THREE BAD WOLVES (Little Red Riding Hood), and MOTHER GOOSE UNPLUCKED (Mother Goose).
Cyndi LaFrese (Gretchen) studied theatre at University of Arizona and Pima Community College. She was last seen in Family Theatre's outreach production of THE NIGHTINGALE. Other acting credits include AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN, TOP GIRLS, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and THE MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS. She has performed in schools throughout Tucson with Stories that Soar! since 2010. You can currently see her in Family Theatre's production of PETER AND THE WOLF.
Janet Roby (Gabriella) is pleased to join LTW for the first time. She has performed locally for the last 10 years, most recently appearing as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with Blue Alley Productions. Other credits include THE WONDERETTES (Suzy) with Arizona Onstage Productions, and several productions with The Gaslight Theater. Janet studied vocal performance and Studio Art at the University if Arizona and currently teaches visual art for the Vail school district.
Rick Shipman (Bernard) - has been acting for 14 years and recently moved to Tucson from Phoenix. Since coming to Tucson Rick has appeared in many local performances, most recently in LTW’s mainstage productions of THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, THE FOREIGNER, HALF & HALF, THE DINNER PARTY, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and A THOUSAND CLOWNS. He has also been seen in Tucson with Arizona Repertory Theatre in RUM AND COKE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, with The Rogue Theatre in THE GOAT and RED NOSES, as Greg in Studio Connections’ SYLVIA and as Tom in Beowulf Alley’s DINNER WITH FRIENDS.
Keith Wick (Robert) - Previous LTW acting credits include DANCING AT LUGHNASA, FUNNY MONEY, LOST IN YONKERS, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Winner -- Best Actor in a Comedy), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THREE VIEWINGS, RECKLESS, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, REGRETS ONLY, and TWO INTO ONE. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Favorite roles include Fluellen in HENRY V, Second Man in AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON, and Clive Champion-Cheney in THE CIRCLE. Keith is a recipient of an AriZoni award for his portrayal of Dromio of Syracuse in the Southwest Shakespeare Production of A COMEDY OF ERRORS.