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Lost in Yonkers

  • Neil Simon
  • Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy, 1940s / WWII
  • 4M, 3F
  • ISBN: 9780573693366

"The best play Simon ever wrote."

New York Post

"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three."

Wall Street Journal

  • Full Length Play
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Senior Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! 1991 Tony Award for Best Play
By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances.

Bella is a 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. AS the play opens, ne'r 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This show has a mandatory music fee of A$15.00 per performance.

REVIEWS:

"The best play Simon ever wrote."

New York Post

"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three."

Wall Street Journal

"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays."

New York Daily News

"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter for Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a yuk but implodes straight into your heart."

 Newsweek

Premiere Production: Lost in Yonkers was first presented by Emanuel Azenberg at The Center for the Performing Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on December 31, 1990. This production subsequently moved to Broadway, opening at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York.
  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children

JAY - 16
ARTY - 13 1/2
EDDIE - their father, 41
BELLA - mid-thirties, neat and sweet and pretty
GRANDMA KURNITZ - Eddie and Bella's mother, a big woman, buxom, with a strong and erect body, 70 odd years of age
LOUIE - her other son, 36, doesn't look like he'd be the hugging type
AUNT GERT - mid-to-late thirties, another of Grandma Kurnitz's children

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By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances.

Bella is a 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. AS the play opens, ne'r 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.

"The best play Simon ever wrote." - New York Post

"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three." - Wall Street Journal

"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays." - New York Daily News

"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter from Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a yuk but implodes straight into your heart." - Newsweek

Lost in Yonkers was first presented by Emanuel Azenberg at The Center for the Performing Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on December 31, 1990. This production subsequently moved to Broadway, opening at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York.

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