“Lost in Yonkers”
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Talk-back Sundays after the matinee Sept. 17 & Oct. 8
September 8 – October 22, 2017
The Group Rep presents Neil Simon’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic drama directed by Larry Eisenberg, produced by Doug Haverty. This touching coming-of-age story set in Yonkers, New York, centers around two brothers whose mother has died, who are forced to live with their grandmother and their mentally challenged aunt, while their father travels, desperately trying to scrape together enough money to pay off his debts to a loan shark.
The play features the talents of Brent Anthony, Van Boudreaux, Patrick Burke, Roslyn Cohn, Julie Davis, Ethan Rockwell, Bennett Saltzman and Loraine Shields.
The creative team includes Chris Winfield (Set Design), Addison Calvin (Lighting Design) Angela M. Eads (Costume Design), Steve Shaw (Sound Design), Judi Lewin (Hair & Wigs), and Glenda Morgan Brown (Dialect Coach) and Doug Engalla (Photography/Videography).
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. The play garnered the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Neil Simon, and won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Play.
What reviewers have said about the play
"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
About the Production Team
LARRY EISENBERG (Director): earned his MFA from CalArts, received a DramaLogue Award for the world premiere adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Stories for Children and has directed numerous productions at GRT. His favorites include Poor of New York, Trip to Bountiful, Over the River and Through the Woods and his original play, Nautilus, which was later turned into a feature film. He currently serves as one of the two co-artistic directors at the Group Rep.
DOUG HAVERTY (Producer): Doug was Co-Producer (with Larry Eisenberg) for Group Rep’s smash success That Lovin’ Feelin’ last season. He also Co-Produced at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank (20th Anniversary revival of Inside Out) and The Hudson Guild in Hollywood (“Welcome to Heretofore”). He also Co-Produces Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal on the first Sunday of every month.
About the Cast
BRENT ANTHONY (Arty) fell in love with the craft of acting at a young age. He booked his ﬁrst role at 4 years old in the Asylum’s ﬁlm Sexpot. He plays Young Tommy along side Naomi Grossman and Bill Oberst Jr. in the film The Chair. He recurred in the show “Community” as Young Jeff. He has also done several short ﬁlms. Brent is excited about his latest role as Arty in the play Lost in Yonkers.
MICHELE BERNATH (Gert U/S): Eddon award actress, Bessie Berger Awake & Sing! Favorites: Calendar Girls, Boeing Boeing, Love Again, A Nice Family Gathering, Over the River.... Choreographer: That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Ghost of Gershwin (Jules Aaron). Actress, Dancer, Singer: National Tours, Vegas (Minnie Faye, Hello Dolly, Aunt Sue, No No Nanette, Anybody’s, West Side Story). TV: “My Crazy Sex,” “Taxi,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Columbo.” Featured role in new ﬁlm, Lookin’ Up. Solo comedy ballerina, Hollywood Bowl. MFA-UCLA.
VAN BOUDREAUX (Louie): Long-time LCGRTers may remember Van from his critically acclaimed turn as Lou Costello in the Group Repertory Theatre's Lou's On First. More recently, you may remember him as Badger in The Poor Of New York and M. Boniface in Hotel Paradiso. In his native Louisiana, Van played Officer Mancuso in the original cast production of A Confederacy Of Dunces under Frank Galati, and Donnie in the Ensemble Theatre Company's production of American Buffalo with Pruitt Taylor Vince.
PATRICK BURKE (Eddie): Patrick trained at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts. Onstage at the Group Rep: A Christmas Carol, Inspecting Carol, Sherlock’s Last Case, Hotel Paradiso, Awake and Sing, Boeing Boeing, Don't Dress For Dinner, That Lovin’ Feelin’, and most recently A Nice Family Christmas. Other favorite theatre credits include The Nerd, Annie, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, J.C. Superstar, Grease, and Godspell. Patrick has been a proud member of SAG/AFTRA for over 20 years.
ROSLYN COHN (Bella): A dream come true to play Bella. Heartfelt thanks to you, Larry!!!!! K, recently Separate Tales @ Theatre 40, Witness for the Prosecution @ GRT and The Tragedy of JFK as told by William Shakespeare @ The Blank/Skylight Theatre. Broadway: National Actors Theatre’s Tony Nominated Saint Joan and Three Men on a Horse. Multiple Festival Winner for my short, “Essential Tremors.” For Film, TV and Commercials check out www.RoslynCohn.com & IMDB. Viva LA’s 99 Seat Theatres. ILove99.org
JULIE DAVIS (Gert): Recent Group Rep appearances include: Calendar Girls and Don’t Dress for Dinner. Los Angeles theatre: Last Exit Before Toll, Not One More Foot of Land, Stepping Out, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Me Too Then, Best Wishes, Shifting Gears, Lend Me a Tenor, Vanities, Father’s Day, Who is Jill McVane, Doin’ Time at the Alamo, The Happiest Millionaire, House of Blue Leaves, Uncommon Women and Others, and Lunch Girls. In her other life; Julie teaches 5th grade.
ANNA GION (Bella U/S): This is Anna’s first season at The Group Rep. Trained at the Theatre Academy of LACC, Anna regularly performs in both classical and contemporary works. Some of these include: The Most Massive Woman Wins at the Let Live Theatre, Chekhov’s The Proposal at the Schkapf Theatre, Othello at Zombie Joe’s Underground, and AutoPLAY: Good Vibrations at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
BRAD KAHN (Eddie U/S) has alternated as actor, director, and playwright for over sixty local productions. One of his plays, The Cave, won a Dramalogue Award for Outstanding Writing . He trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West, and with Michael Shurtleff, Uta Hagen, and Jeff Corey. He then taught acting at The Arena Theater in Buffalo, New York. Some favorite roles have been Bobby in Company and Jeeter in Tobacco Road.
ETHAN ROCKWELL (Arty) This is Ethan’s debut at the Group Rep. Past roles include: Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher and Ensemble in To Kill a Mockingbird at John Burroughs High School, Eilif in An Enemy of the People and Boy in Dark at the Top of the Stairs in Stage Readings at A Noise Within, Antipholus of Ephesus in A Comedy of Errors at ANW Summer with Shakespeare. When not acting, he spends his time playing bass guitar in the band, Empire.
BENNETT SALTZMAN (Jay): is a recent graduate of the USC's School of Dramatic Arts, having received further training in London at the British American Drama Academy. His SDA credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, and Columbinus. While at USC he was member of the Improv troupe The Merry Men and the sketch group The Suspenders. You can also see him in the upcoming film Loners.
LORAINE SHIELDS (Grandma): 40 years ago, Loraine worked with a brilliant actor, Larry Eisenberg. Life has come full circle and she cherishes being directed by a brilliant Larry Eisenberg. Film and television credits include, “El Norte,” “Fletch,” “Dracula, Dead and Loving It,” & “Babylon 5.” For eleven years, Loraine performed with Cornerstone Theater Company directed by Bill Rauch at The Taper, LATC, and The Ford, etc.
About the Design Team
CHRIS WINFIELD (Set Design): has been a member of Group Rep for thirty-plus years, and has appeared most recently as; Mr. Myers in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, Fasch in Bach at Leipzig, Dad in Phil Olson’s Mom’s Gift, Holmes in Sherlock’s Last Case, and George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo. Film and TV credits include “Firefox,” “M.A.S.H.,” “Baywatch,” “The Nanny,” and “Eli Stone.” He designs and builds most of the Group Rep sets and is the Co-Artistic Director of the company.
ADDISON CALVIN (Lighting Design) Addison Calvin has worked in the theater both on and offstage for over 5 years now. Addison has worked as a designer on many shows including Once Upon this Mattress, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Waiting Place. Addison has also been an actor, producer, and director as well. He has studied at multiple institutions most recently the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and the Groundlings Improv school.
ANGELA M. EADS (Costume Designer): graduate of FIDM with degrees in Fashion Design and Costume Design. Her theater work includes Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, iGhost, Next Window Please, My Three Angels, Moon Over Buffalo, Boeing-Boeing, A Streetcar Named Desire, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Tiger By The Tail, Love Again (The Musical), Lombardi, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, That Lovin’ Feelin,’ Witness For The Prosecution & Dial M For Murder.
STEVE SHAW (Sound Design): Steve’s work has been heard from L.A. to New York to Idaho. A GRT member, he most recently designed: Dial M for Murder, A Dull Pain Turned Sharp, Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, Calendar Girls, Bach at Leipzig and That Lovin’ Feelin’. An actor and writer, he was most recently Reverend Tooker in GRT’s Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and his play “Caller I.D.”, was part of their 2015 Putting On Your Shorts Festival.
GLENDA MORGAN BROWN (Dialect Coach): is thrilled to be back with Group Rep, having previously coached dialects for Calendar Girls, A Streetcar Named Desire, Don't Dress for Dinner, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and Lombardi. Recently, she coached a production of a new play, The Life And Loves Of Marlene Dietrich. In April, Glenda did an episode of “Scandal.” Catch her as the lead in the thriller At Granny's House on Amazon Prime.
DOUG ENGALLA (Photography/Videography): has served as photographer and videographer of numerous productions on both the GRT Main Stage and Upstairs at the Group. In this capacity, he has also produced and edited a series of interview segments with directors, playwrights and actors about these productions. In addition he has, to date, directed six full-length productions and five short plays at the Group Rep.