Evansville Community Theatre proudly presents Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs coming July 21-23, 2016 at the Evansville High School Performing Arts Center.
Auditions will be held May 21 and 23 at J.C. McKenna Middle School. Find full audition information on 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.