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Wildly Popular French Farce To Open at Culbreth Theatre on Bastille Day – July 14!

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – July 5, 2011 – This Bastille Day, thanks to Heritage Theatre Festival, doors will slam and laughs will fly with the opening of the internationally-acclaimed French farce Boeing, Boeing.

The hilarious tale of what happens when a high-flying, swinging sixties architect tries to juggle a trio of flight attendant paramours opens on July 14 at Culbreth Theatre. Once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most-performed French play in the world, Boeing, Boeing debuted in London in 1962. The show began what would become a Tony Award-winning Broadway run in 2008 that was followed by a successful national tour.

Boeing, Boeing, by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, will be directed by William Rough and presented at Culbreth Theatre from July 14-16 and on August 1 and 4. There will be a matinee performance on July 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the show are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors (60+) and U.Va. faculty and staff and $15 for students. Season and single show tickets are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office in the Drama Building, online at www.uvahtf.org or by calling 434-924-3376.

Rough calls the play a welcome departure from his usual professional pursuits. “I tend to do plays that are more on the serious, soul searching side. And there is not a piece of rational common sense in this whole play. It’s just great. It’s a lark.”

It’s the kind of fun, Rough said, that all of us could use some more of these days. “It’s really fun to be able to laugh. I think we are all sorely in need of farce in today’s world. We see so much farce that has consequences, for example, in Washington, that it is always nice to see farce that makes no difference. It is quite simply an opportunity to laugh and to just enjoy ourselves, and this play gives us plenty of chances to do that.”

The audience won’t be having all the fun, according to Rough. “One of the really exciting things for me with this play is being able to kind of let go and let the cast fly, and this is a cast I can certainly do this with.”

The show is a reunion of sorts for Rough and for Heritage fans as it brings him back together with the popular stars of the “Tuna” series, John Paul Scheidler and Evan Bridenstine. Rough directed the pair in A Tuna Christmas at Heritage last summer. “J.P. is playing the American architect in Paris, and he is visited by his old friend from Wisconsin, played by Evan.  Other familiar faces will be talented newcomer Emelie Faith Thompson, fresh from her acclaimed performance as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and longtime local favorite Lydia Horan.

The 2011 Heritage Theatre Festival season will continue at the Culbreth Theatre with the Hitchcock-meets-Monty Python comedy The 39 Steps, opening July 21; and the sweet romantic musical She Loves Me, opening July 28.

For complete ticket and schedule information or to order your tickets today, visit www.uvahtf.org or call the box office at 434-924-3376.

Press photos are available at http://www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/pressCenter.htm

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