1960s playboy Bernard (played by the always-scrumptious company member Joe Wilson, Jr.) juggles affairs with three gorgeous international airline stewardesses (Brown/Trinity Rep '13 lovelies Amanda Dolan and Liz Morgan; and beautiful fan-favorite Brown/Trinity alum Rebecca Gibel), mapping out their arrivals and departures like clockwork. His plan soars until an old friend (company member Stephen Thorne) visits and then each of his fiancées land on his doorstep on the same night! Zut alors! What's a handsome fellow to do? While Bernard's knickers may be in quite a twist, the audience gets to have a night of what The New York Times has called "pure pleasure!"
Director and company member Fred Sullivan Jr., who himself has quite a history of side-splitting comedic turns here at Trinity Rep, takes funny business seriously. "If there's anything we actors love as much as a juicy dramatic part, it's hearing a full house laugh together, loud and long. There's almost nothing I enjoy more than being in a rehearsal hall full of talented comedians cracking each other up," he said.
Needless to say, he looks forward to the chance to pounce on Boeing-Boeing: "Big, brazen comedies like Noises Off, The Odd Couple, and now Boeing-Boeing, are infinitely pleasurable and perfect for the spring - and something that Trinity Rep does so well. Some of my funniest peers and MFA talent are collaborating on Boeing-Boeing, a racy Parisian farce with seven - count them, SEVEN - doors to slam!"
Rounding out the cast is guest actor Nance Williamson, who plays Bernard's exasperated enabler (and household help) Bertha. Audiences were brought to tears with her incomparable turn as one of the hilarious Pigeon Sisters in 2010's The Odd Couple.
Set designer Patrick Lynch has created the colorful mod world of the swinging 60s bachelor pad for this show - a hip, loungy space holds a sexy secret behind every door! Bringing to life the very vibrant world of the production is the masterful costume design of William Lane, lighting design by John Ambrosone, and sound design of Peter Sasha Hurowitz.
If it sounds like a wild ride - we promise you, it is. "This play is the perfect cure for winter blahs and cabin fever. I honestly can't wait for Boeing-Boeing to take off this spring!" Sullivan said.
Evening performances are Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 pm with selected Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2pm.
The first performance on April 13 at 7:30PM is Pay What You Can (PWYC). PWYC tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm, limit one per person. Trinity Rep continues its mission to make live theater accessible to all by offering additional discounted and rush tickets available for each performance; call the box office for details. For information on group rates (parties of 10 or more) contact Group Sales at (401) 351-4242.
Talkbacks will be held after every performance of Boeing-Boeing. Audiences are invited to share their response to the play's production and themes for approximately twenty minutes. Visit www.trinityrep.com to view a full performance calendar.
Trinity Rep's 48th season is sponsored by NBC 10, with supporting sponsors Cox Media, Rhode Island Monthly and RISCA.
TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY
Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 120,000. In its 47-year history, the theater has produced 58 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 45th year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. The education department at Trinity Rep has been providing after-school programs for students of all ages and abilities - now under the auspices of the Young Actors Studio - since 2005. Last season, Trinity Rep's educational programs reached nearly 15,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students through matinees as well as in-school residencies and workshops. Brown University/Trinity Rep offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Trinity Rep's 48th Season continues with the world premieres of Sparrow Grass by Curt Columbus, Love Alone by Deborah Salem Smith, and The Mourners' Bench by George Brant and closes with Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing, translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans. Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2012-2013 season, which includes King Lear by William Shakespeare, The How and the Why by Sarah Treem, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell, Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and House & Garden by Alan Ayckbourn. For more information or to subscribe, call the box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep's website at www.trinityrep.com.