Virginia Repertory Theatre opens Brighton Beach Memoirs, the popular Neil Simon comedy, this Friday, July 15th at Hanover Tavern.
The semi-biographical play is set in 1937 in Brighton Beach, located on the southern section of Brooklyn, New York. This coming-of-age dramatic comedy focuses on the life of Eugene Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who struggles with the perils of growing up in crowded household.
“If there was ever a play that exemplifies the family values that I grew up with, it is this play,” said Bruce Miller, the former-Artistic Director, turned Founding Producer for VA Rep. “It’s all about taking care of each other, being responsive to each other and being there for each other in times of need.”
Miller said he decided to pick this play because of it’s reminder of what family values really means. It shows the importance of leaning on each other and taking care of family, which is defined broadly by close and distant relatives to neighborhood friends. Miller said the play also deals with certain political issues, such as immigration and war, which are just as relevant today.
“The way that we deal with these issues by turning to each other and finding the correct approach together as members of immediate families and broader families.” said Miller.
Players include recent VCU Theatre graduates Tyler Stevens and Trevor Craft who play the roles of Eugene and Stanley, as well as recent JMU graduate Meg Carnahan. Other players include Sara Heifetz, Andrew C. Boothby, Molly Nugent and two time Phoebe Award winner, Jill Bari Steinberg.
The show debuts Friday, July 15 and will run through Sunday, August 28. Tickets are $38 or $12 for students. For tickets and more information visit www.virginiarep.org or call the box office at 804-282-2620.
Top image: Tyler Stevens (seated on the ground), Sara Heifetz, Molly Nugent, and Andrew C. Boothby (seated), Meg Carnahan, Trevor Craft, and Jill Bari Steinberg (standing). Photo by Jay Paul.