Sheila Blanc (Berthe): Sheila* is a native of the DC area who spent 16 years in Phoenix, AZ and loves being back where there are seasons! Recent theatre credits include: Capital Fringe Festival – Love in Ruins (Josefina); Olney Theatre Center – Fences (Narrator), Dancing Lessons (Narrator, Aunt Ruth); MD Ensemble Theatre – Lucy Rose (Madam), and The Murder Mystery Company - Hazel Nut the Cat Lady. TV/Radio credits include: Bennie’s (TV pilot) starring Ed Asner; One Life to Live (ABC-TV); PM Magazine; Washington DC and Phoenix, AZ; Fisher Price Toys; Motorola; McDonalds; BWI Airport; PBS; CBS; and WTOP. This is Sheila’s first show with The Highwood Theatre. *Member, Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
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Ashley Zielinski (Gloria): Ashley Zielinski is thrilled to be making her debut with The Highwood Theatre. Recent credits include It's the Rest of the World That Looks So Small: A Theatrical Review of Jonathan Coulton (NextLOOK/Flying V), The Rocky Horror Show (Maryland Ensemble Theatre), Wild Sky (Solas Nua), Fractals and Mario and Juliet (Capital Fringe), Fish in a Barrel and Calico (staged readings), and Carrie (Dominion Stage). Many thanks to my amazing family and friends for all of their love and support!
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Berthe: Sheila Blanc
Bernard: David Johnson
Robert: Louis Lavoie
Gabriella: Nina Marti
Gretchen: Moriah Whiteman
Gloria: Ashley Zielinski
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David Johnson (Bernard): David is delighted to hop aboard Boeing Boeing with The Highwood Theatre. Other acting credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Annapolis Shakespeare Company); Source Festival 2016 TMP's Secrets and Sounds; The Pelican (Arcturus Theatre Company) and In Love and Warcraft (No Rules Theatre Company). David is also the Managing Director of Pocket Change Theatre Company where he recently co-conceived a TYA version of The Odyssey with Artistic Director Ruthie Rado as part of the Mead Theatre Lab's Works in Progress Series. David is a Designated Lessac Practitioner and loves teaching others the Lessac work.
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Welcome to The Highwood Theatre, and thank you for joining us for this production of Boeing Boeing! If you're like I was at the beginning of this process, you probably don't know much about the show other than it's a comedy set in the swinging 1960's. As I began reading, researching and rehearsing, I began to peel back the layers of this fast-paced, door-slamming farce. At first glance, it's easy to think this is just another fluffy comedy with one-dimensional characters, misogynistic jokes and double entendres, but as the story unfolds and chaos ensues, we get a glimpse into some deeper themes: the insecurities of someone who seems to have it all, the power held by a domestic servant, the value of monogamy, and the many varieties of strong, independent women.
Maybe the play's complexity is why Boeing Boeing once held the record for longest running comedy in London’s West End in 1969 and was named the most produced French play in the world in 1991. Or maybe it's because it's just plain hilarious! Either way, this incredible cast and crew I have been lucky enough to work with have brought words on a page dazzlingly to life. I am so grateful for their talents and effort and to The Highwood Theatre for this wonderful opportunity. So please, fasten your seat belts, stow any carry on bags, and get ready to soar into the skies above Paris leaving real life behind for the next two hours.
Enjoy the show!
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Nina Marti (Gabriella): Nina Marti studied Drama at The Catholic University of America where she performed in eight productions. Notable CUA performances include Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, Chiméne in Le Cid and Lucy in Brutus. She is happy to be back in the DMV after spending two years in New Jersey. She has since performed at Kensington Arts Theatre, 2nd Star Productions, and Capital Fringe. Nina also starred in an episode of the TV One true crime series For My Man. This spring, she will be performing at DC and MD schools as part of Imagination Stage’s Óyeme, the Beautiful tour. You can catch her this summer in Disappeared, an Investigation Discovery true crime series, and at Imagination Stage in ¡Ratón en Movimiento! She thanks the Boeing Boeing cast and crew, her family and friends, Henry, and Juno for their tremendous love and support. To learn more about Nina, visit ninaymarti.com. Ciao!
Director: Sarah Scott
Stage Manager: Madison Middleton
Set and Lighting Design: Kevin Kearney
Sound Design: Toly Yarup
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Prop Design: Jason Reid
Technical Director: Ryan Salomon
Tech Crew: Simon Ellerbe, Owen Gibson,
Maulani Tucker and Jonah Witte
Moriah Whiteman (Gretchen): Moriah is an actor new to the DC-Metro stage. She holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Southern Mississippi. Favorite roles include Leslie in The House of YES, Young Woman in Machinal, and Ariel in The Tempest. Shout out to the cast and a special thanks to Sarah for the opportunity, collaboration, and love to build this paragon of "passion itself."
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Louis Lavoie (Robert): Louis is excited to work with such a talented and humble team on Boeing Boeing. Louis is an actor and producer in New York and Washington, DC. He recently produced and costarred alongside Broadway and film/TV veteran Michael Countryman in The Report, a new award-winning play by Martin Casella, in New York City. Louis has appeared on stage in NYC, focusing in Shakespeare and new plays, originating roles at the Thespis Festival, FringeNYC, Mid Summer Nights Festival, and Surprise Packages Festival. He earned the Alec Baldwin Acting Fellowship at Singers Forum, and has performed in NYC's Lynne Redgrave Theater and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, among many others. In Washington, DC, he has worked at the Studio Theatre, Welders, Peter's Alley Theatre, the Atlas, Capitol Fringe, and now proudly at The Highwood Theatre. He's been fortunate enough to play Matt Friedman (Talley's Folly), Richard (Lion in Winter), Oswald (King Lear), Launcelot (Merchant of Venice), Oliver (As You Like It), and many others. Louis trained at the historic American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC, and at DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company.
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