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By Craig Thornton
Craig Thornton 

Winner! of the 2008 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, Boeing Boeing

Directed by Craig Thornton JCC Sturtz Theater


Last updated 4/5/2016 at 5:37am

Boeing Boeing

Winner! 2008 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, Boeing Boeing is a 1960's French farce. Self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent "layovers". He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. Much of the damage control is left to Bernard's hapless, unsophisticated childhood friend Robert, and his sassy, put-upon housekeeper Berthe. A Swinging Sixties romp, complete with mini-skirts and a retro soundtrack it is one of the most popular farces produced today, with 32 scheduled productions in the first half of 2016.

The play is directed by local renowned playwright and Jefferson Community College alum, Craig Thornton. A home coming project for Craig, he played Robert in a production of Boeing Boeing while a student at JCC. Thornton has over twenty years of theater experience, professionally, regionally and locally. His last local project was the adaption and direction of Hope Irvin Marston's The Powder Monkey produced by the Sackets Harbor Historical Society. His plays In My Shoes and The High cost of Heating, both originating locally have gained national and international recognition. The High Cost of Heating was the silver prize winner in the Yale Drama Series Prize in 2015. He has been twice awarded a NYSCA Public arts Fellowship Grant (2014) and (2016) and is a long time employee of WWNY, where he created Craig's To Do List, supporting and reporting on arts and entertainment in the North Country.

Boeing Boeing stars Liam M. Zaffora-Reeder as Robert, Weston Young as Bernard, Christian Seymour as Berthe, Samantha Marriam as Gretchen, Cayla Ross as Gloria, Deidra Dickerson as Gabriella.

Tera Newhouse is Production Stage Manager, Laura Oakes costume designer, Wayne Landreth Jr. is assistant director and Patrick Crane is the dramaturg.

Audience: Mild Adult Themes, age 14+, might not be appropriate or appealing for young children.

Additional buzz:

"This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy. Propelled by the same gusty spirit that animated Commedia dell'Arte and the silent films of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd, {this} may be earthy, but it's seldom earthbound." - The New York Times

Directed by Craig Thornton

in the JCC Sturtz Theater

April 21, 22 and 23 at 7pm

April 23 at 2 pm

Tickets: $8 adults, Students $5


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