Oklahoma City—Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep), in partnership with TheatreOCU continues their Ninth Season with the Tony Award-winning Neil Simon comedy, BILOXI BLUES.  BILOXI BLUES, is the second play in what is called the “Eugene Trilogy”, Mr. Simon’s semi-autobiographical series comprised of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (produced by CityRep in 2005), BILOXI BLUES and BROADWAY BOUND.

 

The story of BILOXI BLUES centers on 20-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome from Brooklyn, who is drafted into the United States Army during World War II and is sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training.  Eugene learns to cope with fellow soldiers from all walks of life, falls in love, and loses his virginity under less than ideal circumstances, all while having to navigate around the eccentricities of his very unusual drill sergeant.

 

Featured in the CityRep/Theatre OCU production is Drew Michael Feldman as Eugene, Ben Hall as Toomey, Linda Leonard as Rowena, and Emilio Velasco as Arnold.  Also appearing is Daryl Bradford, Colleen Daly, Garrett Henderson, Oscar Kincheloe, and Justin McInnis.

 

CityRep Artistic Associate Michael Jones directs the production, with Set Design by Jason Foreman, Costume Design by Lloyd Cracknell, Assistant to the Costumer is Noel Huntzinger, Lighting Design by Jim Stuhlmiller, and Properties Design by Ra’chel Lowery.  Jon Haque is Assistant to the Director, and Steve Emerson is the Production Stage Manager.

 

BILOXI BLUES will play in the CitySpace Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall at 201 N. Walker in downtown Oklahoma City.  Previews begin on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 pm, with a matinee preview on Saturday, March 5 at 4:00 pm.  The Opening Night is Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 pm and the production runs for twelve performances through Sunday, March 20, closing with a 2pm Matinee performance on that day.

 

Tickets are $8 (Student Rush Tickets), $15 (groups of ten or more), $25 (matinees) and $30 (evening performances), and may be purchased by calling the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office at 405.297.2264 or 800.364.7111.  To honor our men and women in uniform and those civilians who support their efforts, CityRep is offering $8 admissions to this production to anyone with a military or military base ID.  Please call the CityRep Hotline at 405-848-3761 to take advantage of this offer.  Tickets may be purchased online through the CityRep website at www.cityrep.com, or through the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office website at  www.okcciviccenter.org.  CityRep FlexPass reservations and purchases can be made by calling the CityRep Ticket Hotline at 405.848.3761.  BILOXI BLUES is supported by Season Sponsors the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

 

Friday, March 4, 2011                      8:00 pm          Preview Performance

Saturday, March 5, 2011                  4:00 pm          Matinee Preview

Saturday, March 5, 2011                  8:00 pm          Opening Night Performance

Sunday, March 6, 2011                    2:00 pm          Matinee Performance

 

Performances continue on the following schedule:

 

Friday, March 11 and 18                  8:00 pm

Saturday, March 12 and 19 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 12 and 19 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 13 and 20                2:00 pm

 

CityRep (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre), under the leadership of Artistic Director Donald Jordan, is one of only two Equity professional theatre companies in the state of Oklahoma, and as such provides a vital service to our community by presenting programming that is reflected in major arts communities around the country—and to our Oklahoma professional theatre artists by providing an Oklahoma venue for employment and an artistic home.  CityRep operates under and agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

 

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Michael Jones

Artistic Associate

CityRep

(Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre)

405-410-8035

michaeljones8@cox.net