Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs, ECT’s 2016 Summer Production

ECT is proud to announce its 2016 summer production of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs coming July 22 through 24 at Evansville High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Auditions will be Saturday May 21 from 10 to 2 and Monday May 23 from 6 to 8 at J. C. McKenna Middle School. Full audition information can be found at our Auditions page.

Brighton Beach Memoirs is Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical story of a struggling Jewish family living in Brooklyn in 1937. Eugene Morris Jerome is a nearly 15 year old boy who lives in a house with his parents (Jack and Kate Jerome), his older brother Stanley, his widowed Aunt Blanche Morton and her two daughters Laurie and Nora Morton. The ‘memoirs’ are Eugene’s point of view of the experience.

Aunt Blanche’s husband died of cancer six years ago and Eugene’s father, Jack, has worked two jobs to support everyone for three and a half years. Stanley (18) also works and gives his income to the family. Nora (16) wants to be a Broadway dancer and may even get that opportunity. Laurie (12-13) has a heart condition but it may not be as serious as it seems; she keeps mostly to herself.

In this comic drama, the family deals with financial strains, illness, lost jobs, hurt feelings and the rise of WW II but Eugene provides frequent comic relief in his memoirs throughout the play. As Eugene is the central character we see the young teen learn about girls, puberty, relationships, foul language, and responsibility; all with Simon’s classic humor. The family that fights together and laughs together, stays together.