Directed by Michael Sally
LOST IN YONKERS is Neil Simon's touching story--and Pulitzer
Prize-winning play--of an eccentric New York family in crisis in the summer of
1942. On the run from a loan shark, a frightened and weak-willed father leaves
his two teenage boys, Jay and Arty, with their domineering grandmother, who runs
a candy store in Yonkers.
The effect of the old woman's tyranny over two generations of
offspring becomes evident as she coldheartedly attempts to control not only their
lives but also that of her mentally challenged middle-aged daughter, Bella, who
desperately yearns for love and independence.
The boys are forced to live by their stern grandmother's rules
until their gangster uncle, Louie, comes to town one night and goes into hiding
in the family home. Uncle Louie ends up helping both the boys and Bella understand
their aging grandmother and realize the importance of acceptance and love, despite
the hardship of life in Yonkers.
Lost in Yonkers is a play rich with humor and sensitivity.
Although it is set during WWII, Simon published Lost in Yonkers as America
was entering the Gulf War in the Middle East, circa 1991. With history repeating
itself, the main themes -- including survival, the importance of one's family
and acceptance -- still seem timely. The play is technically a comedy -- the darker
material is handled with Simon's light, just-funny-enough touch, allowing
the audience to laugh their way through moments that otherwise would be uneasy.
Lost in Yonkers has enjoyed far-reaching critical and
popular success, winning Simon his first Pulitzer Prize. Many critics consider
it to be his best work and the pinnacle of his career.
When the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991 it marked
a milestone in a career of milestones. With work spanning half a century, highlighted
by more Academy Award and Tony nominations than any other writer and translations
of his plays produced in dozens of languages, Mr. Simon is arguably the world's
most successful playwright. Through over 30 Broadway productions, Simon has presented
situations as compelling as they are hilarious and characters as human as they
are heroic. Whether a Mississippi boot camp in Biloxi Blues or an Upper
Westside apartment in The Odd Couple, Simon's gift is his ability to
invite audiences into the most intimate of settings while making them feel right
*Lost in Yonkers contains some mature language and