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Biloxi Blues at Osceola Arts

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

 

 

Osceola Arts has kicked off the  second show of its 2017-2018 Main Stage Series,  with Biloxi Blues.

The comedy will be running through Sunday, Nov. 5, as the Osceola Arts Main Stage is transformed into a World War II era military station in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is critically acclaimed play based on Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographic tale of a young US Army recruit.

Biloxi Blues centers around the contentious relationship between Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey, and Private Arnold Epstein, played by Osceola Arts alums Rich Somsky and Sean Baity, respectively. However, the tale is actually told through the lens of 18-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Osceola Arts newcomer Jake Teixeira. A fresh-faced Brooklyn native, Eugene is sent to Biloxi for basic training after being drafted into the United States Army during World War II. The play is the second installment in Neil Simon’s Eugene Trilogy and is the only chapter in which Eugene is not featured as the central figure.

“The story itself is about six young men being drafted into World War II and their coming of age in the six weeks that they are in boot camp,” Show Director, David Gerrard, said. The riveting conflict between serene Epstein and stringent Toomey, as both struggle for power and dominance, is sure to keep audiences glued to their seats. Yes, it has humor that we expect from a Neil Simon show, but it also has amazing dramatic scenes,” Gerrard said.

Tickets start at $22. This production contains some mature language.  Showtimes for Biloxi Blues are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, and a newly added 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Osceola Arts will also feature a new visual arts exhibit. It is open now and will be  running through Nov. 11.

Remembering World War II is in the Community Gallery. The exhibit features lithographic prints from the Kissimmee Museum of Military History that memorialize the war. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours and during all performances.

For additional information and to purchase show tickets visit OsceolaArts.org or call 407-846-6257.

The mission of Osceola Arts is to promote, cultivate and foster interest and participation in the arts by providing affordable and accessible programs and facilities that encourage artistic expression in the diverse community they serve. Osceola Arts, a non-profit organization, is located at 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida 34744. For more information visit OsceolaArts.org.