BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens the Rep's Season, 9/5

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens the Rep's Season, 9/5

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) presents Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon and directed by Steven Woolf. This intriguing and semi-autobiographical play will be performed on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University), Webster Groves, September 5–30, 2012.

Curtain times are Tuesday at 7 pm; Wednesday–Friday at 8 pm; selected Wednesday matinees at 1:30 pm; Saturday matinees at 5 pm; selected Saturday nights at 9 pm; Sunday matinees at 2 pm; and selected Sunday evenings at 7 pm.

Ticket prices start at just $16 (previews) and $19.50 (regular performances). To purchase, visit The Rep Box Office, located inside the Loretto-Hilton Center, charge by phone by calling (314) 968-4925, or visit The Rep's Online Box Office at

Major sponsorship for this production is provided by The Boeing Company and Ann & Hugh Scott.

There's liver for dinner, holes in his shoes and a war on the horizon, but 15-year-old Eugene Jerome would rather think about baseball…and girls. Surrounded by his overworked mother and father, his wayward brother and a whole houseful of relatives always in the way, Eugene navigates the minefield of adolescence. Hilarious and touching, Eugene's chronicles of his misadventures growing up in 1930s New York remind us that family is the one constant in the crazy journey of life.

Born in 1927 in the Bronx, New York City, Marvin Neil Simon and his family often suffered financial and emotional difficulties throughout the Great Depression. Simon enlisted in the Army when he graduated high school. He started writing at the encouragement of his older brother, who soon became his writing partner. Together the two penned comedy revues and radio shows before moving on to television where they worked alongside future legends Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart on America's weekly favorite, Your Show of Shows. Simon made the leap to the stage with his first play, Come Blow Your Horn. Soon after, he had a genuine hit withBarefoot in the Park and a theatre legend was born.

The original stage presentation of Brighton Beach Memoirs premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983 starring the American film and stage actor Matthew Broderick, who won a Tony Award for his featured role in the performance. Following the opening of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the Alvin Theatre was renamed the Neil Simon Theatre in honor of his great successes as an American playwright, and in the same year Brighton Beach Memoirs won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. In 1986 the play was adapted into a movie of the same title directed by Gene Saks.

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs at The Rep is Michael Curran-Dorsano as Stanley; Ryan Deluca as Eugene; Adam Heller as Jack; Christianne Tisdale (last seen in Emma) as Blanche; Aly Viny as Nora; Jamey Powell as Laurie; and Lori Wilner (last seen in Hannah Senesh) as Kate.

The Rep's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs is directed by Rep Artistic Director Steven Woolf.

The creative staff also includes Michael Ganio, set designer; Elizabeth Covey, costume designer; Phil Monat, lighting designer; Rusty Wandall, sound designer; Glenn Dunn, stage manager; and Shannon B. Sturgis, assistant stage manager.

Brighton Beach Memoirs is a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

For more information about The Rep's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs including a guide introducing the characters, plot and background on the play; photos related to the production; and more, visit The Rep's comprehensive public website at

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