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9315 State Ave #J
Marysville, WA 98270
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Red Curtain announces auditions for the upcoming production of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," directed by Scott B Randall.
Brooklyn, 1942, Eddie Kurnitz's wife has died after a lengthy illness,leaving him to care for their two adolescent sons, Jay and Arty. Having accepted a job as a traveling salesman to pay off the medical bills incurred, he decides to ask his stern and straight talking mother, from whom he is slightly estranged, if his boys can live with her and their Aunt Bella in Yonkers. Despite their Grandma owning and operating a candy store, Jay and Arty don't like their new living situation as they're afraid of their Grandma, and find it difficult to relate to Aunt Bella, whose slow mental state is manifested by perpetual excitability and a short attention span, which outwardly comes across as a childlike demeanor. Into their collective lives returns one of Eddie and Bella's other siblings, Louie, a henchman for some gangsters and currently in hiding. Feeling trapped in their new living situation, the boys must rely on each other to get through this troubling time.
We are located in the Goodwill shopping center, with our main entrance in the back, behind the cosmetology school.
Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Red Curtain encourages non-traditional casting in all of our shows, and supports color-conscious and gender blind casting where appropriate and permitted by the publisher/playwright. All roles are available, and ages listed reflect the ages of the characters, not the ages of the actors.
Jay (M 15 1/2) Jay is the elder of the two Kurnitz boys and thinks of himself as the leader. He accepts the role of mentor and protector of his younger brother, as he feels is his duty being the older son.
Arty (M 13 1/2) Is shy, scared, and unsure of the world he has been forced into, but goes through tremendous growth during the course of the play.
Eddie (M 40s) A man who still feels the affects of growing up in an abusive household, and reeling from the death of his wife, Eddie struggles to be the kind of man and father he thinks he's supposed to be.
Grandma (F 60+) A very old and stern woman, an immigrant from Germany. Owing to her harsh childhood, she has always been very intolerant of what in others she calls "weaknesses". She is blunt, sometimes even in a funny way, and always knows what is going on with the people around her.
Bella (F 35) She is sometimes a bit off-center and is mentally challenged, but despite this she is also loving and protective of her nephews. Much of the second half of the play focuses on her attempts to find independence from her stern mother.
Louie (M late 30s) Larger-than-life and seemingly jovial uncle, Louie comes to live with the family when he is hiding from the local mob. He is considered by Grandma Kurnitz to be the "survivor" of the family. He has a strong, mercurial nature, and a certain underlying dark side, which the kids uncover in the second act of the play. He works as a "bag-man" for the mob.
Gert (F 35-45) She is a very interesting addition to the family. Her most noticeable issue is that when she breathes she has a tendency to suck in while still speaking, as a result of trauma instilled in her by Grandma from a young age.
Feb 12 and 13, 2019
Callbacks or second audition/interview?
2 minute comedic or seriocomic monologue
There is no pay
Lost in Yonkers added January 23, 2019, 2:54 am
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