Spotlight on guest artists in Timber Lake’s ‘Boeing, Boeing’

Mount Carroll, Ill., theater to stage comedy July 19-28

Staff Report

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) just had record-breaking performances with their production of Footloose. With the momentum at a high, audiences are wondering what excitement is in store for the rest of the season.

Coming up this week, TLP has brought in two talented guests for the comedy Boeing, Boeing. Director Derek Bertleson and actor Brandon Jess Ford return to TLP for the farce that promises you will “take a step back in time and laugh your socks off for a few hours.”

Bertleson returns to TLP after his memorable direction in Love, Sex and the IRS in 2010 and Red Herring in 2011. From the Quad Cities area, Bertleson has been working in Chicago and recently assisted Chuck Smith on the Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s RACE at the Goodman Theatre. His directing credits include Doubt, The Dinner Party and Ghosts in Chicago, as well as Carousel, A Streetcar Named Desire, Into the Woods, Assassins and Misery, among others.

Bertleson is happy to return to TLP each summer.

TLP is a wonderful theater to work for,” Bertleson said. “It’s a nice little escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of Chicago. Here, I’m allowed to grow as a director, all while working with a great team of actors, designers and staff.”

Derek Bertleson

Bertleson will be working with TLP alum Ford, who plays the lead role, Bernard, in the production. Ford was a resident actor in 2008 and 2010 with memorable performances such as Chad in All Shook Up, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and God in Children of Eden. Ford recently moved from Chicago, where he worked with theaters such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Writers’ Theatre. He lives in Hollywood, where he played the title role in The Who’s Tommy with DOMA Theatre Company.

Ford and Bertleson, with TLP resident company members Erica Stephan (Ariel in Footloose), Hanah Rose Nardone (Sara in Guys and Dolls), Dryden Meints (Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls), Kelly Krauter and Analisha Santini, will be performing in the Guinness World Record holder for most-performed French farce.

Bernard (Ford), a successful architect, juggles three flight attendant fiancées (Stephan, Nardone and Krauter). He tracks their airlines’ timetables, and his long-suffering housekeeper, Bertha (Santini), reluctantly resets the menus and bedroom decor depending on the arrivals and departures. Unfortunately for Bernard, a new, faster Boeing jet has been introduced, changing the timetable. As Bertleson said, it is a show that is “intelligent, sexy and fun. It is sure to bring a smile to your face!”

Brandon Jess Ford

Boeing, Boeing performs July 19-28. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. matinees are offered Sundays and Wednesdays. New this season is a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available through the box office during regular business hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., daily, at or (815) 244-2035. Timber Lake Playhouse is at 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll, Ill.

From the July 18-24, 2012, issue

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