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CT-A stages 'Biloxi Blues'
by Steve Beavers
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Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Cody Daniel, is constantly challenged during the many events of the play to engage in life rather than watching and writing about it in the Crossroads Theatre-Arts production of "Biloxi Blues."  / Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Cody Daniel, is constantly challenged during the many events of the play to engage in life rather than watching and writing about it in the Crossroads Theatre-Arts production of "Biloxi Blues." / Staff photo by Steve Beavers
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Six United States Army recruits make it through more than just basic training in Neal Simon's "Biloxi Blues."

The Crossroads Theatre-Arts will be sharing Simon's semi-autobiographical play, starting Thursday at the Crossroads Playhouse. Show time is 8 p.m. with performances scheduled through Saturday. A Sunday matinée is slated for 2 p.m.

"It's a comedy which also serves to make a point," said director Cynthia Potter.

The play centers around 20-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Cody Daniel, who is drafted into the Army during World War II. The Brooklyn native is sent to Biloxi for basic training along with five other young men.

"Biloxi Blues" is a tale of these young men as recruits in 1943," said Potter. "The story covers the indignities they suffer and the growing up they do."

Eugene, based on Simon, learns to cope with fellow recruits from different walks of life.

"He experiences his ‘coming of age’ as he survives boot camp in the swamps of Biloxi," said CT-A artistic director Cris Skinner. "Eugene learns from the conflict with another Jewish recruit and is constantly challenged during the many events of the play to engage in life rather than watching and writing about it.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets can be reserved by calling the CT-A at 662-287-2995. Individuals can also purchase tickets at the theatre between 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or at the door prior to performances. The theatre is located at 303 Fulton Drive.

The cast includes: Cody Daniel (Eugene Morris Jerome); Conner Humphreys (Roy Selridge); Paul Locke (Joseph Wykowski); Darrell King II (Don Carney); Jerry McCalpin (Arnold Epstein); Charlie Curtis (James Hennesey); Randy Duke (Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey); Liz Inman (Rowena); Leah Petty (Daisy Hannigan).

"This has been one of the best rehearsal periods of my life," said Potter. "The cast was perfect and met every deadline on time."

Technical director is Cheryl Sproles with the stage manager being Jennifer Strachan. Cindi Bullard is in charge of costumes and Potter is over sound design.

As part of the “Biloxi Blues” performances, the CT-A Guild – a group of CT-A volunteers dedicated to fund-raising – is hosting "Dinner with the Director" at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, at Smith restaurant.

Cost is $38 per person and includes choice of (selected) entrée, salad, dessert, drink (cash bar available), tax and gratuity at Smith as well as admission to the show.

Skinner will discuss Simon and “Biloxi Blues” during the first course and then Anthony Hopper will provide music on acoustic guitar.

Deadline for reservations is today. Call 662-287-2995 for details.
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