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Lost in Yonkers

by Neil Simon
September 19,20,21,22, 1996

Directed by B. Michael Quale

One of Neil Simon's most impressive and funniest plays.  This is a memory play set in 1942.  Laughter and tears have come together in a new and emotional truth. 

Lost In Yonkers is a coming of age tale of brothers Arty and Jay.  Their father, Eddie, travels as a salesman to pay off debts incurred following the death of his wife while the boys are left in the care of their grandmother and aunt Bella in Yonkers. Grandma is an intimidating immigrant who terrified her children as they were growing up, damaging each of them to varying degrees. Bella longs to marry an usher at the local movie house so she can escape the oppressive household and create a life and family of her own. Her brother Louie is a small-time hoodlum who is on the run, while her sister Gert suffers from a breathing problem with causes more psychological than physical problems. Lost in Yonkers climaxes with a dramatic confrontation between embittered mother and lonely daughter that creates a permanent fissure in this highly dysfunctional family.

The Cast

Jay Thomas Golden
Arty Ty Stewart
Bella Susan Snyder
Eddie Gary Mizeur
Grandma Kurnitz Jennifer Innis
Louie Jim Ryen

Tricia Schwartz                                 

Production Staff

Director B. Michael Quale
Assistant Director Sara Braun
Technical Design B. Michael Quale
Scenic Construction Larry Sneider
Light Technician Doug Hoffman
Sound Technician Lary Sneider
Scenic Construction Sara Braun, Vicke Finders, Kandee Frericksen, Michelle Fuchs, Doug Hoffman, Gary Mizeur, Tim Nehring, Mike Quale, Him Ryen, Larry Sneider, Susan Snyder
Properties Sara Braun, Jennifer Innis, Mike Quale, Jim Ryen, Susan Snyder

Supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.



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