This November, the Red Bank Catholic High School Casey Players will present Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Lost in Yonkers, the piece the New York Post called “the best play Simon ever wrote.” This dramatic comedy has heart, humor, and hope. The original hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl, and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances.
Written by America’s great comedic playwright, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942 and features some of Simon’s most memorable characters. Bella, played by senior Olivia Rauso, is 35 years old, mentally challenged, and lives at home with her mother, the stern Grandma Kurnitz (played by senior Sabrina Caci). As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie (senior Timothy di Domenico) deposits his two young sons, Jay (senior Christopher Mallamaci) and Arty (freshman Baylor Rodman) on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road to try his luck as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, Bella, Bella’s secret romance, her brother Louie, the small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers (played by sophomore John Gnazzo), and the ever-petrified Aunt Gertrude, played by junior Sarah Hough.
Tickets for Lost in Yonkers will be on sale in the Red Bank Catholic High School bookstore on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning on Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7. For information, call Red Bank Catholic at (732) 747-1774.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.
Performances for Lost in Yonkers will run from Thursday, November 6 through Saturday, November 8 (all performances at 7 p.m.). All performances take place at the Broad Street Auditorium at Red Bank Catholic High School, 112 Broad Street in downtown Red Bank.
PHOTO CAPTION: The cast (left to right, front): Baylor Rodman (Freehold), Sabrina Caci (Middletown); (left to right, back) Christopher Mallamaci (Manalapan),Timothy di Domenico (Oceanport) , Olivia Rauso (Middletown), and Sarah Hough (Little Silver).