Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents BOEING BOEING

August 13 - 30, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre

By - Jul 16th, 2015 03:44 pm
BOEING BOEING. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

BOEING BOEING. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

Milwaukee, WI. … Fasten your seatbelts for a hilarious journey back to the swinging ‘60s in BOEING BOEING, August 13 – 30, 2015. Milwaukee Chamber Theatre kicks off its 2015-2016 Season with this Tony Award-winning farce by Marc Camoletti, under the directon of Michael Cotey. BOEING BOEING performs in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

In BOEING BOEING, swinging bachelor Bernard is living the high life in Paris, bouncing from one beautiful stewardess to another. But all his careful planning goes out the window when an old school chum from Wisconsin and all three “fiancées” arrive in town simultaneously.

Marc Camoletti’s BOEING BOEING opened in Paris in 1960, and ran for 19 years. The original English translation of BOEING BOEING premiered in London in 1962 and made its Broadway debut in 1965. A film adaptation was released in 1968 starring Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis and Thelma Ritter. A new English version of BOEING BOEING translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans premiered in London in 2007 and the Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2008.

South Milwaukee native, Michael Cotey returns to the director’s chair for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s BOEING BOEING after directing THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE in 2013.  The cast includes Brian J. Gill as swinging bachelor Bernard, Marcella Kearns as Berthe, Bernard’s housekeeper, and Ryan Schabach as Robert, Bernard’s old pal visiting from Wisconsin. The three stewardess “fiancées” will be played by Amber Smith, Samantha Sostarich and Anne Walaszek.

Playwright Marc Camoletti, was a Geneva-born French citizen who penned more than 40 plays, which have been translated into 18 languages and produced professionally in 55 countries. BOEING BOEING was his first international success and is one of the most-performed French plays in the world

The 2008 Broadway revival of BOEING BOEING starred two actors with Wisconsin connections, Bradley Whitford and Mark Rylance.  Madison-native Whitford played bachelor Bernard and is best known for numerous film and television appearances, most notably “The West Wing.”  British actor Mark Rylance spent part of his youth in Wisconsin and is a 1978 graduate of University School Milwaukee (where his father was an English teacher). Rylance won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the role of Robert, who is an old school chum from Wisconsin in the new translation. Rylance’s remarkable career includes serving as the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and numerous stage, television and film roles, most recently as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC/PBS series “Wolf Hall.”

[ CAST ]

Bernard, an American bachelor, living in Paris: Brian J. Gill

Berthe, Bernard’s housekeeper:  Marcella Kearns

Robert, Bernard’s friend:  Ryan Schabach

Gabriella, an Italian air hostess:  Amber Smith

Gretchen, a German air hostess:  Samantha Sostarich

Gloria, an American air hostess:  Anne Walaszek


Director:  Michael Cotey

Scenic Designer:  Brandon Kirkham

Costume Designer:  Eleanor Cotey

Lighting Designer:  Eric Appleton

Properties Master:  Nikki Kulas

Sound Designer:  Christian Gero


Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 – 7:30 pm, Preview

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 – 8:00 pm, Opening

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 – 1:00 pm, Talk Theatre

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 – 7:30 pm, ViewPoints

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 – 7:30 pm, Talkback

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 – 4:00 pm

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 – 1:00 pm, Talk Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 – 7:30 pm, Talk back

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 – 4:00 pm

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 – 2:00 pm


— VIP Opening Night Party: Celebrate the start of our 2015-2106 season with an opening night party filled with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Cost: $25 per person. Following the opening night performance on Friday, August 14 in the Skylight Bar & Bistro.

–Pre-performance ViewPoints: Join us for an insightful pre-show presentation by airline pilot

Wade Kearns entitled, “The Romance and Reality of the Air Crew World.” This free, pre-show presentation is on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Skylight Bar & Bistro.

–Pre-performance Talk Theatre: MCT Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright will lead a lively and informative chat with BOEING BOEING Director Michael Cotey beginning at 12:00 noon before the matinees on Wed. August 19 and Wed. August 26 in the Skylight Bar & Bistro.

–Post-performance Talkbacks:  Post-show discussion with the artists following performances on Thursday, April 23 and Thursday, April 30

BOEING BOEING performances will take place August 13-30, 2015 (Opening Night: Friday, August 14) in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.  Tickets are available Monday through Saturday from noon-6:00 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, 158 N. Broadway, or by phone at (414) 291-7800. Tickets can be purchased online – 24 hours a day at  Group, student and senior discounts are also available. Season tickets, $93-$155, can be purchased by calling (414) 276-8842. For more information, visit BOEING BOEING is co-sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation, Inc., Patrick & Julia Fennelly and The Dental Offices of Dr. David Paris.


BRIAN J. GILL – Bernard, an American bachelor, living in Paris

Brian Gill makes his MCT debut in BOEING BOEING. Milwaukee area credits include Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance Theaterworks, First Stage, goats & monkeys and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. His Chicago credits are Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Remy Bumppo and Provision Theater, and his regional credits include Theatre at the Center, Illinois and Texas Shakespeare Festivals, Allenberry Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre. He trained at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and is a member of the adjunct faculties of The Theatre School at DePaul University, College of Lake County and Carthage College.

MARCELLA KEARNS – Berthe, Bernard’s housekeeper

Marcella Kearns returns to MCT after performing in JEEVES IN BLOOM and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Selected Midwest credits include productions with Renaissance Theaterworks, First Stage, Forward Theater Company, In Tandem Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater; outside the region, she has worked with Chamber Repertory Theatre and Texas Repertory Theatre. She also serves as MCT’s Education & Literary Manager and as an adjunct theatre instructor at Carthage College and First Stage.

RYAN SCHABACH – Robert, Bernard’s friend

Ryan Schabach returns to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre after appearing in THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE.  In Wisconsin, he has performed with Next Act Theatre, In Tandem, Door Shakespeare, Third Avenue Playhouse, Forward Theater Company and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  A graduate of UW-Madison, he spent three seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and will enter his tenth season at Unity Theatre in Texas this fall.  He can also be seen giving tours at Lakefront Brewery.

AMBER SMITH – Gabriella, an Italian air hostess

BOEING BOEING marks Amber Smith’s first MCT mainstage appearance after performing in the 2011 Young Playwrights Festival. Recent acting credits include Sara in STOP KISS, Cathy (u/s) in THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Brooke Wyndham in LEGALLY BLONDE, Jeanie in HAIR, Carrie Ann in STILL LIFE, and Vicki in THE FULLY MONTY.  Recent directing credits include PARADE and SPRING AWAKENING.

SAMANTHA SOSTARICH – Gretchen, a German air hostess

Samantha Sostarich makes her MCT debut in BOEING BOEING. A graduate of UW-Madison, her recent performances include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Optimist Theatre, INTO THE WOODS at Skylight Music Theatre and FORTUNA THE TIMEBENDER VS. THE SCHOOL GIRLS OF DOOM at Milwaukee Opera Theatre. She has also performed with First Stage, In Tandem Theatre, Sunset Playhouse, Light Opera Works, Madison Repertory Theatre, The New Court Theatre and Kohls Wild Theatre.

ANNE WALASZEK – Gloria, an American air hostess

Anne Walaszek returns to MCT after appearing as Cherie in BUS STOP. Currently a resident of Chicago, she was most recently seen as Imogen in CYMBELINE at Muse of Fire Theatre. Other roles include Don Quixote in DAWN, QUIXOTE at The Building Stage, Clarice in THE LIAR at Theatreworks, and Helena in ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at Great River Shakespeare Festival. She is also a playwright and her work has been produced at Three Brothers’ Theatre, the Chicago Fringe Festival and Duplicity Ensemble. She is a graduate of UW-Parkside.


Michael Cotey returns to MCT after directing THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE and for the Young Playwrights Festival. Directing credits include Illinois Shakespeare Festival, First Stage, UW-Milwaukee, Illinois Wesleyan University, Northwestern University and Youngblood Theatre. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Youngblood (2009-2013) where he directed CARTOON, SPIRITS TO ENFORCE, and THE FLU SEASON. As an actor, he has worked with the Utah and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage, Next Act Theatre, In Tandem Theatre and Youngblood. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in theatre and is currently attending Northwestern University to earn his MFA in directing.


Founded in 1975, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) produces intimate and accessible theatrical works that engage and challenge the audience, while employing and nurturing principally local theatre artists. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright and Managing Director Kirsten Mulvey, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre performs at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

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