The Neil Simon award-winning play, Biloxi Blues, will be presented as a free performance at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, February 21, at 7: 30 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium. The show is presented by the Montana Repertory Theatre Company.
Biloxi Blues is a comedy about young men going off to war. These men are universal soldiers facing the same fears, anxieties, and loneliness that grip all young recruits about to encounter the ultimate test of combat.
The play follows the adventures of Eugene Morris Jerome and his fellow Army inductees as they struggle through basic training near Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1943. An aspiring writer who sees himself as an outsider observing the craziness around him, Eugene hopes to somehow remain “neutral … like Switzerland.” He spends much of his free time recounting conversations and impressions in his journal, feeling a little ashamed for betraying the “secret and private thoughts’’ of his fellow soldiers.
This play contains some language and scenes that are best suited for high school age audiences and older.
Biloxi Blues is the middle play of the autobiographical Simon trilogy. Beginning with Brighton Beach Memoirs and ending with Broadway Bound, Simon explores the life and times of Eugene Morris Jerome as he struggles to find an outlet for his talents and his way in the world. Biloxi Blues earned Simon his third Tony Award.
Simon wrote a number of other successful plays, including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and The Star-Spangled Girl
Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional theatre-in-residence and touring company in 1968 at the University of Montana. UM is one of very few universities in the nation to house a professional touring company, and the only one that incorporates students and faculty into that company.
The free performance of Biloxi Blues is made possible by funding through the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts at Iowa Wesleyan College. The fund brings a variety of performances, concerts and speakers to the Mount Pleasant campus every year. All are open to the public at no charge.