1937 will be affectionately recreated at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre in
October. Maurer Productions OnStage presents the Neil Simon classic,
"Brighton Beach Memoirs," Fridays and Saturdays,
October 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Oct. 5 and 12 at
2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night
performance. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Simon draws a poignant, semi-autobiographical portrait of a Jewish-American
family, as seen through the eyes of 15-year-old Eugene Jerome, a
fledgling writer who documents his observations in a daily journal.
In between obsessing over girls and baseball, he paints a rich picture
of his colorful relatives, all living together under one roof in
post-Depression, pre-World War II Brooklyn. There's his overworked
father Jack, under-appreciated mother Kate, somewhat worldly older
brother Stanley, his widowed Aunt Blanche, and his cousins Nora
"Brighton Beach Memoirs" is the first installment in Simon's
Eugene trilogy, which also includes "Biloxi Blues" and
"Broadway Bound." Opening on Broadway in 1983, the production
garnered a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.
The Maurer Productions cast includes Dominick Sannelli as Eugene
Jerome, Robert Fisher as Stanley Jerome, Jennifer DeVenio as Kate
Jerome, James Houston as Jack Jerome, Leta Brehme as Aunt Blanche,
Kristin Bennett of Montville as Cousin Nora, and Delia Bannon as
Cousin Laurie. The show is directed by Alycia Bauch-Cantor and produced
by John Maurer, Diana Gilman Maurer and Dan Maurer. Two of the shows
they produced at Kelsey last season, "Driving Miss Daisy"
and "Singin' in the Rain," earned a total of 17 Perry
for "Brighton Beach Memoirs" are $14 for adults, $12 for
seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available
next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre
is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices
upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events
for the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey website
or call the box office for a brochure. Learn more about the production
at the Maurer Productions website here.
cast includes, top row from left, Robert
Fisher, Dominick Sannelli, Jennifer DeVenio,
Kristin Bennett, and Leta Brehme Gilbert;
bottom row: James Houston and Delia Bannon.