Lost in Yonkers
by Neil Simon
By America’s great comic playwright, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er do well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small – time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.
Directed by Ensemble
Cast: Marc Bellenoit, Daniel Buswell, Conor Eastman, Brent Hutchins, Cathy Johnson, Cherie Magnello, Stacie Young
Crew: Mellie Anderson, Pauline Angione, Audrey Buswell, Brent Hutchins, Cathy Johnson, Victoria Wolford, Cynthia Thayer
About Meetinghouse Theatre Lab
The Meetinghouse Theatre Lab is dedicated to creating an ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and transform the definition of create with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved.
Since 2003 the Theatre Lab has presented readings, staged readings, and full productions, both classic and contemporary, that challenge accepted social norms and values, question reality, break down the “fourth wall”, explore the notion of “truth”. It is dedicated to creating a yearly ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and explore the definition of “create” with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved.
Out of the Hat!
What’s “Out of the Hat!”? It’s a fresh, compact production with a rehearsal time of one day, 7 hours, performed that same night. The play, the director, the cast are all picked “out of the hat” so to speak — this makes it fresh and exciting for all!
It goes like so … we gather at noon to read the chosen play — many of us for the first time. After a first read, the director for the play retires to cast the show. Once done, the group works to put the play on its feet with the result being an outstanding and very fresh performance at 7pm.
Come to read and play at 12pm or come to watch at 7pm.
Interested in reading? We would love to have you! To read, you will need yourself, writing utensils, blacks, a potluck, energy and a penchant for fun. Please message Meetinghouse Theatre Lab or email Cynthia at [email protected] if you would like to be a part of the day’s production to make sure there is room.
Join us in the audience and spread the word to your friends, too! Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted 🙂
Our “Out of the Hat!” readings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month from November through June, so be sure to save the dates on your calendar.
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