About Brighton Beach Memoirs
Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other – with laughter, tears and love. It is 1937 in Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome lives in Brighton Beach with his family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex and forever fantasizing his baseball-diamond triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees. As our guide through his “memoirs”, Eugene takes us through a series of observations and insights that show his family meeting life’s challenges with pride, spirit and a marvelous sense of humor. But as World War II looms ever closer, Eugene sees his own innocence slipping away as the first important era of his life ends, and a new one begins.
CHARACTERS (age listed reflects the character and not necessarily the actor)
Eugene Morris Jerome – A normal 15 year old boy who has recently discovered girls in a BIG way. He is obsessed with the female anatomy, which he’s never seen, and his other love of baseball. He wants to be a baseball player, but if that does not work out, he’ll settle for being a writer. He keeps a detailed journal of his family’s eccentricities. Eugene is concerned for his family, especially his overworked father, but complains about their demands on him. The play revolves around his memoirs, which are those of the young Neil Simon.
Stanley Jerome – 18-21 years old – He is the older brother of Eugene. Due to financial reasons, must work a factory job, which he hates. He tries to temper Eugene’s passions while attempting to please his parents, but he struggles with feelings of being trapped.
Jack Jerome – late 40’s – Father of the Jerome family who feels the pressure of supporting an extended family by working two jobs. In addition, all family members turn to him for advice and answers. He is patient, but very weary.
Kate Jerome – mid 40’s – She is the very strong mother who attempts to hold the family together and solve the hurts and problems of all of them. She is opinionated and very verbal, but also very loving.
Aunt Blanche – early 40’s – She is Kate’s younger sister, recently widowed, very indecisive, and dependent. She wants to have a life for herself and her daughters, but she does not know how or where to begin. She feels buried with her husband.
Nora – daughter of Blanche, Cousin to the Jerome boys – She is a very beautiful and ambitious 16 year old girl with dreams of Broadway. She is often resentful of her younger sister who is pampered due to heart flutters. In addition, she is angry at her father for dying and leaving her with a weak mother.
Laurie – daughter of Blanche. Cousin to the Jerome boys- She is a studious, yet quietly mischievous, 13 year old who is all ears around the adult situations. She appears innocent, but she really has a grasp on what the others around her are “up to.”
Where: Pennsylvania Theater of Performing Arts, Hazleton (lower level rehearsal studio, Mine Street rear entrance)
When: Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 28 at 6:30 pm
Sides will be provided.
Please be prepared to provide any and all conflicts (work, vacation, other theater productions, etc.) at your audition.
September 20-29, 2019
Mandatory Tech Week (no absences accepted):
Saturday, Sept 14 to Thursday, September 19
Table read and Weekly rehearsals to begin MID-AUGUST.
Any questions – please contact Director, Lisa Dougherty, at 570-574-1753 or via Facebook.