1/11/13 Wilmington, DE –– The Delaware Theatre Company is busily preparing for the third show in its 2012-2013 Season, the French farce, Boeing Boeing, written by Marc Camoletti and translated from the French by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans.  Directed by University of Delaware Professor and Director at The REP, Steve Tague, Boeing Boeing offers a refreshingly delightful respite from the winter doldrums. “In a farce, actors get to do everything one should never do in adult life: biting, pinching, hitting, jumping, slamming doors, breaking furniture… [and the like], ” according to Tague.  Assembled for this cast are six comic powerhouses, 3 of whom graduated from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.  A 2008 Tony Award Winner for ‘Best Revival of a Play,’ Boeing Boeing takes the stage at Delaware Theatre Company Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Set in Paris in the 1960’s, this fast-paced comic romp centers on playboy Bernard, (played by Jason O’Connell), as he juggles the arrivals and departures of his three bombshell flight attendant fiancées: Italian Gabriella (Gisela Chipe), Texan Gloria (Sara M. Bruner) and German Gretchen (Heidi-Marie Ferren).  With each blissfully unaware of the other, a visit from Bernard’s childhood friend, Robert (Jeffrey C. Hawkins), causes unexpected turbulence.  The antics are moderated and, at times, fueled by Bernard’s French maid, Berthe (Sarah Doherty).    

About the Actors:
SARA M. BRUNER (Gloria) is pleased to be joining DTC for the first time.  She is a resident company member for Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival where she has appeared in over 50 productions.  Recent roles include Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Frau Kost in Cabaret, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Viola in Twelfth Night. Other regional theaters include Boise Contemporary Theater and Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Sara trained with Shakespeare & Company and has  BA from Boise State University.  She is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and Stage Director's and Choreographer's Society.

GISELA CHIPE (Gabriella) New York: Emancipation (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Laws of Motion (PS122).  Regional Theatre: Hamlet: Prince of Cuba, Yentl (Asolo Repertory Theatre); The Clean House (Syracuse Stage); Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); pride@prejudice, (Capital Repertory & Chester Theatres); Midsummer, Bat Boy!, The Seagull, Comedy of Errors (Great Lakes Theatre & Idaho Shakespeare Festival); 1001, 9 Parts of Desire (Contemporary American Theater Festival). Upcoming: O Guru Guru Guru (ATL: Human Festival of New American Plays).

 

SARAH DOHERTY (Berthe) is originally from Ireland and has performed locally with companies including Delaware Theatre Co, Pig Iron, People’s Light, The Arden, Walnut St, Theater Catalyst, Amaryllis, Theatre Exile, Bloomsburg and Act 2 Playhouse. MFA Acting from Temple University.

HEIDI-MARIE FERREN (Gretchen) is serving as MissUSO and has been performing and speaking across the globe for the past four years.  Recent screen credits include: New Year's Eve, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Wonder Woman on HBO's "Bored to Death.” Favorite stage roles include:Frances Abbott in the premiere of Adrian Hall's, In the Belly of the Beast, Roxanne in Cyrano, Helena in the award winning PBS Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Helen in the Off-Broadway premiere of Will of Bond Street. She has done several national commercials, will be touring her one-woman show in the coming year, and recording her second album.  

 

JEFFREY C. HAWKINS (Robert) was last seen at DTC in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).  He has performed in New York City at ARS NOVA, The Mint, Pecadillo, Drama League, New York Theatre Ballet and Off Broadway at TACT- The Actors Company Theatre, where he is a resident company member.  He has performed regionally at Guthrie, Phoenix Theatre, etc. and many Shakespeare Festivals.  Favorite regional roles include, “Father Flynn” in Doubt (Flatrock), “Basil Bob” in The Fall of Heaven (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), “Hysterium” in A Funny Thing… Forum, and “Rev. Hale” in The Crucible (Great Lakes Theatre Fest.).  Jeffrey’s on-camera work includes Blue Bloods, Masters of Sex, Royal Pains, A Gifted Man, Smash, The Big C, Across the Universe, Walking with The Enemy and numerous titles for Rockstar Games.  He has an MFA from the University of Delaware’s PTTP, and is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.  Jeffrey is represented in NYC by The Mine.  Next: The Book Club Play at Cincinnati Playhouse.

JASON O’CONNELL (Bernard) Jason O'Connell, Bernard: Jason is very happy to be returning to DTC, having previously appeared in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and All The Great Books. 2013 marks Jason's 20th anniversary as a professional actor. His theatre career has taken him from Brooklyn to Beijing, and seen him play Hamlet in Texas, Falstaff in Wisconsin, and Richard III in Nebraska. Jason is a five-season veteran of both New York's Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, has appeared on both "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", and is currently prepping his one-man show, The Dork Knight, for an Off-Broadway run.

Single tickets for Boeing Boeing range from $35 to $49 and are on sale now by calling the Delaware Theatre Company Box Office at (302) 594-1100 or by visiting http://tickets.delawaretheatre.org.  Group rates, senior, student, and military discount are available.  For more information please visit www.delawaretheatre.org.

Performances:

Week 1:
*Wednesday: 1/23- 7:00pm

Young Professionals Night; Viewpoints

*Thursday: 1/24- 7:00pm

Girls’ Night Out and Riverfront Night Out

*Friday: 1/25- 8:00pm

Saturday: 1/26- 8:00p.m. Opening Night/ Press Opening

Sunday: 1/27- 2:00pm

* =  Previews

Week 2:

Wednesday: 1/30- 2:00pm Viewpoints

Thursday: 1/31- 7:00pm Wine Down and Talk Back

Friday: 2/1- 8:00pm

Saturday: 2/2- 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Sunday: 2/3- 2:00pm

Week 3:

Wednesday: 2/6- 2:00pm Viewpoints

Thursday: 2/7- 7:00pm

Friday: 2/8- 8:00pm

Saturday 2/9- 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Sunday 2/10- 2:00pm

Times:

 Wednesday and Thursday evening performances at 7pm

Matinees at 2pm; Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm

Boeing Boeing

By Marc Camoletti,

translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans

Delaware Theatre Company

200 Water Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

BOEING BOEING is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

100-word blurb for press use:

Fasten your seat belts for high-flying hijinks when Boeing Boeing comes in for a landing on DTC's stage! In this first-class 1960s French farce, playboy Bernard juggles the arrivals and departures of his three flight attendant fiancées, each unaware of the other…until an old friend's surprise visit causes turbulence. Laughter takes off in the 2008 Tony Award® winner The New York Times calls "pure pleasure." Boeing Boeing runs at the Delaware Theatre Company Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to Sunday, February 10, 2013.