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Kentwood Players
announces auditions for
Brighton Beach Memoirs

Auditions for Brighton Beach Memoirs
on Saturday, May 16
and Sunday, May 17, 2015
at the Westchester Playhouse.

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10am-3pm and on Sunday, May 17 from 7-10pm. Callbacks will be held on Monday, May 18 at 7pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045.

Performance dates are July 10 to August 15, 2015 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Valerie Ruel by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon. It is the first chapter in what is known as his Eugene Trilogy, followed by Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. This first play centers on 15 year old Eugene Jerome who lives with his family in Brighton Beach during the height of the depression in 1937. He has dreams of becoming a star pitcher for the New York Yankees alternating with his growing awareness of girls. Eugene narrates the play with wit and takes us through his memories and reflections of himself and his family as they share their laughter, tears and love as they navigate the hard times of the depression.

Those auditioning should allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork. Please bring a current headshot and resume with you as well as your calendar. A rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts.

Please be familiar with the play and its characters. It centers on a Jewish family living in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn in 1937. Sides will be made available to you the day of auditions. Be prepared for readings from the sides and possible improv. If you have any questions, please email brightonbeach@kentwoodplayers.org.

Character Breakdown
15 - Adolescent boy who is obsessing over girls in a big way. He wants to become a baseball player but becoming a writer would do. The play revolves around Eugene so we need someone who can command the stage and handle comedy and drama.
18-21 - Older brother of Eugene. He tries to temper Eugene's passions while attempting to please his parents. He feels trapped over decisions he must make.
Late 40s - Father of the family. Feels the pressure of supporting an extended family. He has a good heart, is patient, but very weary.
Mid 40s - Mother of Eugene. She is a strong Jewish matriarch who attempts to hold the family together. She is opinionated and very verbal but also very loving.
Early 40s - Kate’s sister. Very indecisive and dependent. She’s confused over the future for herself and her 2 daughters.
16 - Daughter of Blanche. Beautiful and ready to spread her wings. She is angry at her father for dying and leaving her with a weak mother.
13 - Sister of Nora. She is studious yet mischievous. Appears innocent but understands what’s going on around her.
To meet the Brighton Beach Memoirs production team and learn more about Kentwood Players, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.
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