Brighton Beach Comes to Berkshire

By Jesse Howard
Theater Director

The Berkshire School Theater Department is pleased to announce the presentation of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon. The play will take place on Thursday, November 2nd, Friday, November 3rd, and Saturday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Allen Theater with a $2 suggested donation at the door.

This much-beloved play centers around a Jewish-American family living in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York in 1937, during the Great Depression. The play is told through the eyes of 15-year-old Eugene, who hilariously narrates the play through the writing of his "memoirs." He uses his writing as a way to process things like puberty, his sexual "awakening," the seemingly endless problems in his family, and the coming of World War II. The play has both humor and drama to spare as Eugene clumsily copes with being packed into a small house with his older brother Stan (whom he hates and adores), his parents (who are just trying to keep it all together), and his Aunt Blanche, as well as Blanche's two daughters who had to move in with Eugene's family after their father died a year earlier. A comedy of side-splitting proportions, the play also has moments deep poignancy still relevant to today's world.

Due to the mature content of the play, the production is recommended for ages 13 and up.

The Cast:
Eugene - Riley Bona (Sheffield, Mass.)
Kate - Izzy Maher (Sheffield, Mass.)
Jack - Andrew Sperl (Chatham, NY)
Blanche - Allie Kohlkins (Sheffield, Mass.)
Nora - Liedewij Loerakker (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Laurie - Charlotte MacKenzie (Sheffield, Mass.)
Stan - Losseni Barry (New York, NY)

Stage Managers:
Kelly Maurer (Burlington, Conn.)
Nhu Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Gigi Brown (Chevy Chase, Maryland)

Click here to see more photos from dress rehearsal.


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