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Rep Stage Closes 20th Anniversary Season with Marc Camoletti’s Tony Award-Winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

April 9, 2013

Rep Stage is the first theatre in the Baltimore/DC Metro area to produce the 2008 Broadway revival version of this classic 1960s French farce

(Columbia, MD) – Rep Stage, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), concludes its 20th anniversary season with Marc Camoletti’s high-flying bedroom farce, Boeing Beoing. Karl Kippola, who starred as Tom Wingfield in Rep’s 2010 production of The Glass Menagerie, directs this comedic romp through 1960s Paris where Bernard, an American bachelor playboy, must juggle the comings and goings of his three air-hostess fiancées, his overworked acerbic French maid, and an old friend who unexpectedly arrives from Wisconsin. Bernard has the arrivals and departures of the trio of international air-hostesses perfectly scheduled by using the airlines own timetables — until the addition of the Boeing Boeing jets. Suddenly, air travel gets faster and turbulence ensues until everyone arrives at Bernard’s Parisian love-nest at the same time. Boeing Boeing features James Whalen as Bernard; Paul Edward Hope as Robert, the friend; and Nanna Ingvarsson as Berthe, the French maid; with Allison Leigh Corke, Kelsea Edgerly, and Molly Cahill Govern coming in for a landing as the three international flight attendants.

Boeing Boeing opens April 17, 2013 with a limited run through May 5 in the Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC.

A post-show reception follows the Saturday, April 20, evening performance and free post-show discussions follow performances on Friday, April 26 and Friday, May 3. Audience members are invited to join cast members and the Rep Stage artistic team for a lively discussion.

A 12:30 p.m. pre-show lecture will precede the Saturday matinee performance on May 4 in the Monteabaro Recital Hall. Dramaturg Dr. Lisa Wilde and Rep Stage’s departing producing artistic director, Michael Stebbins, will discuss the tenure and practice of artistic directorship at Rep Stage.

Rep Stage Reading Series

LEAR, Inherited by Home director Duane Boutte is a new look at William Shakespeare’s King Lear, performed by a cast of four. Rooted in American pop culture, this revision examines the families of Lear and Gloucester as informed by decades of reality television. Though almost all the words are Shakespeare’s, this streamlined rendition reveals new relevance for today’s audience. Discover how Shakespeare’s play relates to current, cultural representations of “family drama.”

All lectures and readings are free and open to the public. Please visit www.repstage.org for tickets, dates and additional information.

About “Boeing Boeing”

“Boeing Boeing” premiered in Paris in 1960 where it ran for 19 years. It was written by French playwright Marc Camoletti and is the world’s most-performed French play. An English version ran in London to much success for seven years in the 1960s, but only appeared on Broadway briefly in 1965 for 23 performances. The play was made into a movie starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis, and the 2008 revival with a translation by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans earned multiple Tony-awards and was heralded as a bona fide Broadway smash.

Meet the Playwright:

Marc Camoletti (November 16, 1923 – July 18, 2003) was a French playwright born in Switzerland. He began his theatrical career in 1958 when three of his plays were presented simultaneously in Paris and eventually presented internationally. “Boeing Boeing” (1962) was his greatest success, and remains Camoletti's signature hit. A later play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” also ran for seven years in London. Camoletti's plays have been performed in 55 countries and have been translated into numerous languages. Ten of his plays have gone on to be filmed for television; the most recent was “Sexe et Jalousie.” Camoletti was an Associate of the National Society of the Beaux Arts and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion, one of France's highest honors. He died in 2003 in Deauville on the Normandy coast.

Meet the Director:

Karl Kippola (Director) previously appeared on the boards at Rep Stage in Glass Menagerie, Intelligence and Bach at Leipzig. Other area directing credits include As You Like It (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (Journeymen Theatre Company), and Betrayal (Bay Theatre Company).  A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, he has worked professionally as an actor, director, and choreographer for over 25 years on over 150 productions. He holds an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University and a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Maryland. He is the author of Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage and the play Carin’ – about truth, love, beauty, and The Carpenters. Karl is an assistant professor of Theatre/Musical Theatre at American University.

Meet the Cast:

James Whalen (Bernard) makes his Rep Stage debut in Boeing Boeing. Last seen as Jack Lawson in Race at Theatre J, his other roles include Richard in Time Stands Still and Jerry in Betrayal at Everyman Theatre; Nick in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center; Dracula in Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Whalen in STAY and Clay Bayliss in Two Bit Taj-Mahal at Theatre for the First Amendment; and Charlie in Da at Olney Theatre. Recent film roles include Bobby in Money Matters and Agent Halsey in Raltat, releasing this year.

Paul Edward Hope (Robert) was last seen at the Bay Theatre as Rick in The Foursome, and Henry Irving and the Executioner in The Actors Nightmare. Off Broadway credits include A Jovial Crew at Red Bull Theater. Other New York City roles include Macduff in Macbeth at Becket Theatre; Costard in Love’s Labours Lost  at BAM Outside Arts Festival; and Posthumus in Cymbeline at 78th Street Theatre Lab. Regional credits include Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center; The Servant of Two Masters at The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Damn Yankees at Utah Shakespearean Festival; Richmond/Rivers in Richard III at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival; The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Julius Caesar at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; and Sister Mary Ignatius at The Bay Theatre.

Allison Leigh Corke (Gretchen) is performing with Rep Stage for the first time. Most recently she performed with Arena Stage (Norah in Ah, Wilderness!) and Keegan Theatre (Lydia in All My Sons; Helen in Laughter on the 23rd Floor). Other DC Metro credits include 1st Stage (Madeline in By Jeeves; Linda in Holiday), American Century Theatre (Jean in Stage Door), Scena Theatre, and the MadCap Winter Festival of New Works. Regional credits include work with Georgia Shakespeare and PTP/NYC. Allison began her career with the National Players’ 60th tour, based out of Olney Theater Center, as Julia in 1984 and Audrey in As You Like It.

Molly Cahill Govern (Gloria) is making her Rep Stage debut. She was last seen as Lola in Double Indemnity at Round House Theatre, where she also appeared as Eva in the world premiere of Charming Billy. Other DC area credits include work with The Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Constellation Theatre, and Theater Alliance. Ms. Govern is the founder and former artistic director of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, where some of her favorite credits include Rosalind in As You Like It, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and director of Romeo and Juliet. She also appeared in television’s The Wire.

Kelsea Edgerly (Gabrielle) is making her Rep Stage debut. Previous credits include Lady in Orpheus Descending, for which she received a 2011 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nomination, Sarah in Vultures (Silver Spring Stage), Chairy in Barnum (The Talent Machine Co); Lillian LaFleur in Nine and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (American University). She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, NYC (dance ensemble) conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. Film credits include Philomena and Lincoln.

Nanna Ingvarsson (Berthe) is making her Rep Stage debut. She most recently appeared as the Mother in Six Characters in Search of an Author (WCS Avant Bard), Alcandre in The Illusion, and Mary in The Language Archive (Forum Theater). She has also been seen at Constellation Theater, Scena, Solas Nua, Theater J, Longacre Lee, and Keegan Theater. Nanna received a Helen Hayes award for her performance as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at Woolly Mammoth, and is a recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists grant.

The “Boeing Boeing” Design Team includes Daniel Ettinger (scenic design), Jason Arnold (lighting design), Matt Straka and Neil McFadden (sound design), Natalia Chavez Leimkuhler (properties design), Jennifer Tardiff Beall (costume design), Raine Bode (production stage manager) and Nancy Krebs (vocal and dialect coach).

About Rep Stage

Rep Stage, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is in its 20th season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC Metro area theater company and is eligible for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Howard Bank is the Rep Stage 2012-13 season partner.