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Unique staging brings the audience closer to the Brighton Beach Memoirs

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Making the Broadway debut at the Alvin Theatre in 1983, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs comes to the White Theatre on January 11. The play is best known as the first chapter in the Eugene Trilogy, which includes the Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. The Broadway production garnered several awards and nominations including; winner of the Tony Award for Best Direction, winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play, nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, among others.

Giving up 50 audience seats the production will include a unique staging, bringing the audience close to the action. Tim Bair who is directing the White Theatre production said, “As the audience moves closer to the action and physical production of the play, we are hopeful that they will be more engaged and drawn in by the quiet humor and personal emotion written into the drama.”

Set in the late 1930’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, now considered one of the most memorable works of Simon, is centered on the Jerome family and their Jewish culture. The cast includes Josh Brady as Eugene, Meagan Edmonds as Blanche, Sarah Montoya as Kate, Georgia Dubois as Laurie, Misty Ballew as Nora, Hunter Hawkins as Stanley, and Don Leonard as Jack.

Krista Blackwood, Director of Cultural Arts at the Jewish Community Center says, “…seating will be all general admission. And with only five performances, tickets will be at a premium.” Brighton Beach Memoirs runs on January 11, 16, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. will be on January 12 and 19.

The White Theatre is located on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th in Overland Park, Kan. Contact the Jewish Community Center website for ticket information.

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