NOV 7-29, 2015
NOV 7-29, 2015
A flighty farce from the swinging sixties!
Bernard is engaged to Gabriella. And to Gloria. And to Gretchen. With three gorgeous stewardess fiancees, Bernard is flying high and living the dream. But things get a bit rocky when shy friend Robert comes to stay, a new turbo-charged Boeing is introduced, and we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle. This turbulent tale about a jet-setting American playboy is sure to keep you laughing, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM
Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.
Bernard is engaged to Gabriella. And to Gloria. And to Gretchen. With three gorgeous stewardess fiancees, Bernard is flying high and living the dream. But things get a bit rocky when shy friend Robert comes to stay, a new turbo-charged Boeing is introduced, and we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle.
Closes Sunday. Performances are 8 p.m. today through Saturday with 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $54-$64 ($20 for students). Gulfshore Playhouse in The Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave., downtown Naples. 261-7529 or gulfshoreplayhouse.org
“Boeing Boeing.” What’s that sound? Stewardesses bouncing up and down.
Gulfshore Playhouse drops bachelor Bernard inside an utterly fabulous midcentury modern apartment. Randall Parsons’ set soars to the ceiling in tones of sand and white; the Norris Center stage has never looked so expansive, so wonderful, so airy. And so, so, sexy. You’ll yearn for that space-age collection of discs in red, yellow and blue that serves as a coat rack, as well as the stunning posters.
Jan Neuberger presides over the chaos as goofily Gallic maid, cook and general dogsbody Berthe. Her understated, unflappable style brings most of the laugh lines, especially Berthe’s wide-eyed facial expressions and refusal to do much work.
Theater fans seeking a light, comical little gem so they can laugh their cares away can head to Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of “Boeing Boeing,” a classical French farce that has been updated for modern audiences.
Written by French playwrights Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, the story centers on the desperate contortions Parisian bachelor Bernard undergoes to keep his three fiancées from discovering each other. Since the women are all flight attendants, the introduction of a speedier jet sets Bernard’s timing awry and confuses his visiting childhood friend, Robert.
KRISTEN COURY is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida and has directed nearly all their productions to date. Kristen made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco and Tovah Feldshuh, and has directed several new works, produced a CD and worked on a variety of musicals on Broadway and regionally in various stages of development. Kristen worked in production/management for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company, and for London’s English Shakespeare Company in the Press and Marketing Department.
MARC CAMOLETTI (1923-2003) (Playwright) authored more than 40 plays and became a Chevalier de la Legion 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.
SARAH SMILEY (Production Stage Manager) Sarah has been working professionally for over 20 years in the entertainment and theatrical industries. She has worked with theatres, theme parks and road houses in five states and the U.K., including 7 Stages and the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY, the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers, has been active in USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and is a past member of the Stage Mangers’ Association. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
RANDALL PARSONS (Scenic Designer) is delighted to make his Gulfshore Playhouse debut with old friends Julia Gibson and Jeff Binder. Previous projects with Julia in NYC include Blue Window for the Barrow Group and Bliss at the Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theatre. Other recent designs include Talley’s Folly and Year Zero (director: Kyle Fabel) at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell MA; Urinetown (dir.: Clayton Phillips), Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, NH; Deathtrap and The Mystery of Irma Vep (dir.: Aaron Mark) at the Berkshire Theatre Festival; and Sweeney Todd (dir.: Jeffrey Sanzel) for Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY, where Randall serves as Resident Production Designer. Current projects: A Christmas Carol (scenic and costume design) at Theatre Three, and the regional premiere of Tinker to Evers to Chance (dir.: Sean Daniels) for the Merrimack Rep. MFA: NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
JOHN ECKERT (Lighting Designer) New York credits include: At The Table, Breathing Time, From White Plains, The Faire and Frogs (Fault Line Theatre). Consent (Steinberg Center). If Colorado Had An Ocean, Soulographie, How and Why I Robbed My First Cheese Store (La Mama). Mary-Kate Olson is in Love, My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea). Frankenstein: Mortal Toys and Atta Boy (HERE). Regional Credits include: Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Peterborough Players, Stoneham Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, REDCAT, and Sledgehammer Theatre. John is an Artistic Associate of Fault Line Theatre. He has won an LA Weekly Award and multiple New Hampshire Theatre Awards. Education: CalArts. www.jeckert.com
JOHN PATRICK (Vocal Coach) John has coached 10 shows for Gulfshore including All My Sons, I Am My Own Wife, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A Streetcar Named Desire. John is also the Resident Vocal Coach for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Head of Voice and Speech for the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Now in his 4th season ay PlayMakers, some of John’s favorite shows he’s coached are King Henry IV & V, Metamorphoses, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream among others. Education: MFA Acting, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; BFA Acting & Musical Theater, Texas Christian University. Teacher-training under Scott Miller, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. John is the co-founder of the Miller Voice Method Studio in New York City and a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)..
WILLIAM NEAL (Sound Designer) William is delighted to be designing his first production here at Gulfshore Playhouse. William has designed over 40 productions, including The Little Prince (New Victory Theater); Other Desert Cities, Outside Mullingar, The God Game,Stones in His Pockets, Talley’s Folly, and God of Carnage (Hudson Stage); Priceless, Small World, Drop Dead Perfect, and The How and the Why (Penguin Rep); and Othello, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew, The Liar, The Three Musketeers, The 39 Steps, Around the World in 80 Days (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Assistant Sound Designer: The Good Mother, Russian Transport, Burning, and Blood from a Stone (The New Group); The Eyes of Babylon (59E59); Invasion! and Edgewise (PlayCo). Member: United Scenic Artists Local USA 829. www.virgoaudio.com
JULIA GIBSON (Director) Julia Gibson New York directing credits include: The U.S. premiere of Judith Thompson’s Habitat (The Epic Theatre), Shaving the Pickle (Origin Theatre Company), Bliss (Rattlestick), Blue Window (Barrow Group and 28th Street Theatre), If Wishes Were Horses (RightDownBroadway Productions), The Hairy Baby (Studio Tisch), The Collection and The Crackwalker (NYU Director’s Lab); as well as productions with NYU Graduate Acting Program, The Juilliard School, Stella Adler Conservatory, and The Actors Center Conservatory, and served as Associate Director of the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of â€œAngels in Americaâ€. Other directing credits include: Greater Tuna at Portland Stage, Our Town and Dial M for Murder at the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, and shows with Chautauqua Theatre Company, A.C.T. Conservatory in San Francisco, Stony Brook University and SMU in Dallas. Julia also works as an actor and has performed on and off Broadway and at major theatres around the country. TV and film work includes Michael Clayton, Changing Lanes, Law and Order and Blue Bloods. As a voice artist she has narrated over 150 audio books. She currently teaches with the Professional Actors Training Program at UNC – Chapel Hill and is a company member of PlayMakers Repertory Theatre.
JENNIFER BRONSTED (Costume Designer) Jennifer C. Bronsted is delighted to return to Gulfshore Playhouse for a fourth season. Favorite credits at Gulfshore Playhouse include The Butcher, The God Game and All My Sons. Other design credits include Henry V with American Shakespeare Center and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Gooseberry Park Players. She has worked with Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Jennifer graduated University of Alabama with a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design/Production. She has received the John Ross Graduate Award and nominations for KCACTF David Weiss Costume Design award and KCACTF Barbizon award. www.jennyclairedesigns.com
MICHAEL CASSARA, CSA (Casting Director) casts theatre and film in New York City, and is thrilled to be returning for a seventh season with Gulfshore Playhouse, where has cast 25 plays since 2009. Recent credits include the off-Broadway premiere of Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014-15 national tour), Forbidden Broadway (last two editions/cast albums), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere). Film credits include The Hyperglot (Artios nomination for excellence in casting, dir. Michael Urie), Paper Dreams, Contest, and Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi, starring Marla Gibbs and Jake T. Austin). Regional theatre credits include productions for The Old Globe, San Jose Rep, Olney, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and many more. Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) since 2007 and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. MichaelCassara.net @michaelcassara
Season Benefactors: Patty & Jay Baker
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Bob & Linda Harden, Christine Paddock, Dottie & John Remondi, Don & Rosemary Gunther