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Biloxi Blues

Copy of BILOXI BLUES

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm
South of Broadway Theatre Company
1080 East Montague Ave, Park Circle
General admission $30, student $20
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Directed by acclaimed on-set Hollywood film coach Bob Luke, Citadel class of 1976, Biloxi Blues is a full-scale production of South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC) in partnership with The Citadel’s Fine Arts Program. In this adaptation of Neil Simon’s classic coming-of-age play, Biloxi Blues tells the story of young Army recruit Eugene Morris Jerome as he travels from Brooklyn to Biloxi, Mississippi for boot camp during World War II. On his quest to find love, achieve fame, and attain his manhood, Eugene is joined by a diverse band of questionably-talented recruits, an old-school drill instructor, an enterprising prostitute, and a local girl who might just be the one.
 
Biloxi Blues has been rebooted with appropriate social-distancing and sanitizing guidelines in place in our Park Circle theater space. With great anticipation, we will be offering three limited-seating performances on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 pm in our Park Circle theater space in North Charleston. Tickets are $30 adults and $20 for students.
 
All previous ticketholders will receive advance access to seats at these three performances. Please contact Mary Gould at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your updated tickets, or to purchase new tickets. Because the seating will be socially-distanced between parties, no seating map or ticket sales are available online, and tickets will not be sold at the door.
 
Last performed at the military college in 1988, this new production is directed by Citadel alumnus Bob Luke ‘76. Luke runs a successful acting studio in New York City and has enjoyed an illustrious career as an on-set acting coach for Hollywood movies including Ransom, Racing Stripes, and Enchanted.
 
 
The lead role of Eugene will be played by local actor Evan Fondren whose recent work includes The Righteous Gemstones, Titus Andronicus, and Macbeth. The role of Eugene’s drill instructor, Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey, will be played by former Army drill instructor and Citadel Director of Cadet Activities Arthur Rich, SFC/USA (Retired). Citadel cadet Erich McPhail, a History major/Fine Arts minor, will play recruit Roy Selridge; other members of the platoon will be played by local actors Brandon Lee Bullock (Joseph Wykowski), Chase Graham (Don Carney), and Trey Thompson (Arnold Epstein.) SOBTC actress and model Caroline Scruggs will play the role of Daisy and the role of Rowena will be played by Madelyn Smallwood. Additional cast members include Citadel cadet Jesse Quimby, a Physics/Math major with a Fine Arts minor.
 
This production of Biloxi Blues is the result of a new partnership between SOBTC and The Citadel’s Fine Arts Department to provide community performances that support each organization’s mission and core values. “For nearly two decades, we have worked to uplift our community through the performing arts,” said SOBTC Founding Artistic Director Mary Gould. “We are grateful to The Citadel for the opportunity to take that mission beyond the four walls of our beloved theatre in Park Circle to the wider Charleston audience.” 
 
“There are many parallels between the arts and the military; staging on both of these fronts requires dedication to detail, a diverse team, and a clear directive. The Citadel recognizes that partnerships like ours with SOBTC foster innovative ways to develop the communication skills of our cadets as well as connect with the greater Charleston community, said Tiffany Silverman, Director of Fine Arts at The Citadel.