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June 24-28: 'Boeing Boeing' is third Summer Theatre Production

This 1960s French farce makes its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 6-9-2014

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the farce “Boeing Boeing” as the third production in its 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with performances at 7:30 p.m. June 24-28 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps them from knowing about each other’s existences until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time.

This production is directed by Matt Caron, a third-year MFA directing candidate, who last season directed “Sky Girls” and two short plays in “Maverick Musings” in the Studio season. It features spring BFA musical theatre graduate Jake McInerney as “Bernard,” with a supporting cast of Amanda Forman, Megan Gilmore, Joseph Scheller, Morgan LeClaire and Kendra Verhage, all current students or recent graduates. Caron also provided the scenic design.

“Boeing Boeing” was first presented Feb. 2, 1965, at the Cort Theatre in New York City with a 2008 revival winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, and Mark Rylance winning for lead actor in a play. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Tickets for “Boeing Boeing” are $16 regular, $14 discounted and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. Regular tickets may be purchased online at, with all tickets available from the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and one hour before performances. “Next to Normal” continues at 7:30 p.m. June 11-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

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