It’s 1945 – Boot Camp in the Bayou at Ivoryton Playhouse
IVORYTON, CT: The Ivoryton Playhouse is
leaving behind the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes and heading south to the steamy bayou
country of Biloxi, Mississippi with the opening of Neil Simon’s BILOXI BLUES on
April 26th. This semi-autobiographical play details his experiences as a young
man in boot camp before he was shipped off to serve in the Second World War.
BILOXI BLUES is the second chapter in what is known as his Eugene trilogy,
following Brighton Beach Memoirs and preceding Broadway Bound, and is the only
one in which Eugene is not the central character. BILOXI BLUES won the Tony
Award when it opened on Broadway in 1985 and ran 524 performances.
Neil Simon’s hit play follows the adventures of Eugene Morris Jerome and his fellow Army inductees as they struggle through basic training near Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1943. An aspiring writer who sees himself as an outsider observing the craziness around him, Eugene hopes to somehow remain “neutral ... like Switzerland” but finds himself having to make tough choices.
BILOXI BLUES is a comedy with real depth about young men growing up, learning about life and how to live together and finally, going off to war. These men are universal soldiers – facing the same fears, anxieties, and loneliness that grip all young recruits about to encounter the ultimate test of combat. Mr. Simon brings his great sense of humor and humanity to every word of this magnificent play.
A film was also made of the play starring Matthew Broderick and directed by Mike Nichols with screenplay by Neil Simon.
BILOXI BLUES is directed by Sasha Bratt and features Zal Owen* as Eugene, Alec Silberblatt* as Arnold and Mike Mihm* as Sergeant Toomey. Cast also includes Andee Buccheri, Conor M. Hamill*, Ethan Kirschbaum, George Mayer, Moira O’Sullivan and Chandler Smith. Set design is by Glenn Bassett, lighting design by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Lisa Bebey.
BILOXI BLUES opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 26th and runs through May 14th 2017. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.