Boeing Boeing, directed by Jake Van Hoorn, premiers at Corn Stock Theatre in Upper Bradley Park this Friday! The second show (and only play) of Corn Stock’s 65th Summer Season is sure to be the perfect date night for you and your special someone. Come out early and enjoy dinner at Qdoba’s booth before the show.
It’s the 1960s in Paris: bachelor Bernard (played by Jeff Craig) couldn’t be happier – a few gorgeous stewardesses, three to be exact, all engaged to him without knowing about each other. How does Bernard manage this? Gabriella (Dani West, making her CST debut) in a blue uniform from Alitalia (Italy), Gretchen (Autumn Vandeven, another CST debut) in yellow from Lufthansa (Germany), and Gloria (Anna Oxborrow) in red from TWA (America) all have different layovers in their flight schedules making scheduling a breeze. Plus Bernard’s more than helpful housekeeper, Berthe (Trish Ballard), who always remembers to change out the photos. Things get bumpy as Bernard’s old schoolmate Robert (Zachary Robertson) arrives in Paris right as the new and speedier Boeing jet is introduced. When this new Boeing jet brings all three of Bernard’s fiancées to Paris, and his apartment, at the same time and catastrophe (and comedy) looms.
Boeing Boeing is a French farce written by Marc Camoletti and adapted for the English-speaking stage by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, licensed with permission by Samuel French. A film of the same name premiered in 1965 featuring Tony Curtis as Bernard and Jerry Lewis as Robert.
“When I first read the script it really reminded me of the Cary Grant comedies from back in the day and I fell in love with it. Farces are fun to watch in general and that got me thinking that I’d only ever seen farces on a proscenium stage – so what would a farce look like under the tent?” says director, Jake Van Hoorn.
“The more I thought about it and how it could work on the Corn Stock stage only got me more excited about the potential. Corn Stock can be an immersive theatrical experience with the actors entering right next to you and for this show that aspect really is taken to the next level!”
Boeing Boeing lands in the tent from Friday, June 22nd to Saturday, June 30th with all performances at 7:30pm. Tickets available now by visiting www.cornstocktheatre.com or by calling the box office at (309) 676-2196. Remember, come early and enjoy dinner provided by Qdoba, you’ll want the sustenance before burning off the calories from laughter!