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Lost in Yonkers

 

TONY AWARD WINNER JUDY KAYE TO STAR IN NEIL SIMON’S
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAY, LOST IN YONKERS

Scott Schwartz to Direct the Inaugural Production
of the Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

SAN DIEGO (December 18, 2009)—Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the complete cast and creative team for Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, the inaugural production of the Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.  Tony Award winner Judy Kaye will play Grandma Kurnitz in Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.  Directed by Scott Schwartz, Lost in Yonkers will run Jan. 23 – Feb. 28.  Previews run from Jan. 23 – Jan. 27.  Opening night is Jan. 28 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to Lost in Yonkers are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale January 5 at noon. and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
 
Neil Simon’s most critically acclaimed work, Lost in Yonkers received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.  Set in the summer of 1942, two young brothers, Arty and Jay, are left to live with their grandmother by their financially strapped father.  The boys must contend with the dominating Grandma Kurnitz who runs the family-owned candy store, their mentally-challenged Aunt Bella and her secret romance, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hood.  A mix of both comedy and drama, Lost in Yonkers was hailed by the New York Post as “The best play Simon ever wrote.”
 
In addition to Kaye, the cast also features Jeffrey Bender (Louie), Steven Kaplan (Jay), Austyn Myers (Arty), Amanda Naughton (Gert), Jennifer Regan (Bella) and Spencer Rowe (Eddie).
 
The Lost in Yonkers creative team includes Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Matthew McCarthy (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).
 
The intimate 250-seat arena-style Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre is part of the Globe’s new Conrad Prebys Theatre Center which features an education center, multipurpose hall and a restaurant with heated outdoor seating.  The White Theatre features a fully-trapped stage, state-of-the-art acoustics, two stage level entrances, plush seating and complete access for patrons with disabilities.  The facility also includes multiple dressing rooms and a green room serving both the White Theatre, the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
 
Judy Kaye starred on Broadway in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.  She has also performed in the show at the York Theatre (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards), the Berkshire Theatre Festival and venues in Los Angeles, Westport, Tucson, Phoenix, San Francisco, Baltimore, Sarasota and Rochester.  Kaye also appeared in Zorba for the Reprise Series in Los Angeles (Ovation Award nomination), and in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street on Broadway as Mrs. Lovett, which she then repeated on the National Tour (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Garland and Carbonell Awards).  Her career highlights include the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera (Tony Award, Drama Desk nomination), Mamma Mia! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), On the Twentieth Century (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination) and Ragtime (Ovation Award).  She has appeared with symphony orchestras around the country and the world, and has sung at the White House twice.
 
Scott Schwartz has directed several shows on Broadway including Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird).  He also co-directed Jane Eyre at La Jolla Playhouse in 1999.  Off Broadway credits include Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Tick Tick…Boom! (Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Off Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Rooms: A Rock Romance, The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick for Roundabout Theatre Company, The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), Miss Julie and No Way to Treat a Lady.  He also directed Golda’s Balcony in London, in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theater and in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater.  Most recently, he directed the world premiere of Séance on a Wet Sunday Afternoon, a new opera starring Lauren Flanigan at Opera Santa Barbara.  Other recent credits include Othello and Much Ado About Nothing at the Alley Theater, and a new reinvisioning of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, Theatre on the Square and North Shore Music Theater (2008 IRNE Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical).
 
Neil Simon has been represented on Broadway by Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Gingerbread lady, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, The Good Doctor, God’s Favorite, California Suite, Chapter Two, They’re Playing Our Song, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Fools, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues (1985 Tony Award), the female version of The Odd Couple, Broadway Bound, Rumors, Lost in Yonkers (1991 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), Jake’s Women, The Goodbye Girl, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Proposals, The Dinner Party and 45 Seconds from Broadway.  Off Broadway: London Suite.  Films include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Out-of-Towners, Plaza Suite, The Heartbreak Kid, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Murder by Death, The Sunshine Boys, The Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective, California Suite, Chapter Two, Seems Like Old Times, Only When I Laugh, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Max Dungan Returns, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers.

TICKETS to Lost in Yonkers are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale January 5 at noon and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances begin on Jan. 23 and continue through Feb. 28.  Ticket prices range from $29-$62.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
 
The Globe’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration will begin with the recently announced 2010 Summer Season.  Acclaimed director Adrian Noble is the Artistic Director of the 2010 Shakespeare Festival and will direct Shakespeare’s King Lear (June 12 – Sept. 23) and Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III (June 19 – Sept. 24).  Presented in repertory, the Shakespeare Festival will also include The Taming of the Shrew (June 16 – Sept. 26).  The season also features the World Premiere of the Broadway-bound musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods (July 14 – Aug. 22) directed by Casey Nicholaw with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, and the West Coast Premiere of The Last Romance (July 30 – Sept. 5), a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietrostarring television icon, Marion Ross.  Tickets to the Globe’s 2010 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only.
 
SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits.  Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Subscriptions to the Globe’s Summer Season range from $75 to $365.  Five-play packages range from $146 to $365.  Four-play packages (Festival plus musical) range from $117 to $309.  Shakespeare Festival packages (3 plays) range from $75 to $225.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
 
LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org .
 
CALENDARDuncan Sheik in Concert (1/11), Whisper House (1/13-2/21), Lost in Yonkers (1/23-2/28), Street Lights (2/20-2/28), Boeing-Boeing (3/13-4/18), Alive and Well (3/20-4/25), What You Will (5/1-6/6), The Whipping Man (5/8-6/13).
 
PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
 
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 300,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

JEFFREY BENDER (Louie) has previously appeared at The Old Globe in The Mystery of Irma Vep and Opus.  His Broadway credits include Cymbeline at Lincoln Center Theater and he was seen in the The Acting Company’s Off Broadway production of Jane Eyre.  Bender’s regional credits include The Three Musketeers, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Rivals, Life of Galileo, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Enrico IV, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Measure for Measure and Camino Real, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; The Nerd, Delaware Theatre Company; Rounding Third and Fuddy Meers, Capital Repertory Theatre; and The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare on the Sound.

STEVEN KAPLAN
(Jay) was last seen on stage as Henry in Terrible Infant at the New York International Fringe Festival. Mr. Kaplan appeared in productions of What I Learned In School Today and The Flaw with the Young Connecticut Playwrights’ Festival.  His favorite roles include Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stiff at Irvington Town Hall Theater, Jesus in Godspell and Jack in Into the Woods with White Plains Performing Arts Center.  Kaplan made his feature film debut starring opposite William H. Macy in Bart Got a Room, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  He will next be seen in the upcoming film, Beware the Gonzo.  His television credits include “Law & Order” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”  Kaplan is currently enrolled at NYU Tisch School of the Arts CAP21.

JUDY KAYE
(Grandma Kurnitz) starred on Broadway in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.  She also performed it at the York Theatre, where she was nominated for Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.  Subsequently, the show was done in Los Angeles, Westport, Tucson, Phoenix, San Francisco, Baltimore, Sarasota and Rochester.  Kaye also appeared in Zorba for the Reprise Series in Los Angeles (Ovation Award nomination), and appeared in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street on Broadway as Mrs. Lovett, which she then repeated on the National Tour, garnering a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Garland Award and Carbonell Award.  Her career highlights include the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera (Tony Award, Drama Desk nomination), Mamma Mia! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), On the Twentieth Century (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination) and Ragtime (Ovation Award).  She has also appeared as Musetta in La Bohème, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and Lucy Lockett in The Beggar’s Opera, all at the Santa Fe Opera.  Her other roles range from Sally in Follies, Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Penny in You Can’t Take It with You, to Kitty Dean in The Royal Family and Mama Rose in Gypsy.  She has appeared with symphony orchestras around the country and the world, and has sung at the White House twice.  She has recorded numerous albums, and is the voice of Kinsey Millhone for the Sue Grafton/Random House Audio Book Alphabet Mystery Series.

AUSTYN MYERS
(Arty) recently appeared at The Old Globe in The First Wives Club.  He was part of the Lost in Yonkers cast at McCoy Rigby Entertainment.  Myers appeared on Broadway in the revival of Les Misérables and was also in the National Tour.  His regional credits include A Secret Garden, Lamb’s Players Theatre; A Christmas Carol, North Coast Repertory Theatre; Roar of the Greasepaint, Starlight Theatre; Big River, Suessical the Musical, Ragtime, Les Misérables, California Youth Conservatory; Li’l Abner, American Rose Theatre; Suessical the Musical, J*Company Youth Theatre; Celebrity Sonnets, San Diego Shakespeare Society; and King John, Intrepid Shakespeare Company.  His film and television roles include Meet Dave, Moon Rocks & Lighter Fluid and “Bommi and Friends.”

AMANDA NAUGHTON
(Gert) has appeared in several shows at The Old Globe including Paramour, Loves and Hours, The Constant Wife and The Women.  Her Broadway credits include Into The Woods (2002 revival) and The Secret Garden (National Tour, Jefferson Award nominee).  She has appeared in the Off Broadway productions of Romance in Hard Times, The Public Theater; Hundreds of Hats, WPA Theater; 3Postcards, Circle Repertory Company and Mr. President, Douglas Fairbanks Theatre.  Naughton’s regional credits include A Little Night Music, Goodspeed Musicals, Los Angeles Opera and South Coast Repertory; Amour and O. Henry’s Lovers, Goodspeed Musicals; On The Town, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; Gypsy, Tartuffe, The Waves, Misalliance, Bedroom Farce and The Threepenny Opera, Hangar Theatre; Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, Lend Me a Tenor, The Foreigner and Steel Magnolias, Forestburgh Playhouse; The Royal Family, Caldwell Theatre; Off-Key, George Street Playhouse; Another Kind of Hero, Walnut Street Theatre; and Edith Stein, Geva Theatre Center. Her television credits include Betty Roberts on AMC’s original series, “Remember WENN,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Payne” (John Larroquette) and “Chappelle’s Show.”  Naughton received her BFA from Ithaca College.

JENNIFER REGAN
(Bella) previously appeared at The Old Globe in Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues and The Trojan Women.  Her additional theater credits include working with Dame Maggie Smith in Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque, London’s West End; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Broadway (standby); Buffalo Gal, Primary Stages; Ivanov, Off Broadway; Girl, Cherry Lane; Edgardo Mine, Guthrie Theater; A Streetcar Named Desire, Barrington Stage Company; Yerma, Cleveland Playhouse.  Her television and film work includes “Law & Order: SVU” and “Criminal Intent,” the upcoming “Gravity” (Starz), “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” Her feature films include Final Rinse and the upcoming Ten Stories Tall, premiering at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2010.  She has trained at UCLA Theater, BADA, Oxford University and the Shakespeare Lab, The Public Theater.

SPENCER ROWE
(Eddie) was last seen as Harry in the Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of Company, directed by Michael Lichtefeld.  His regional credits include Anselmo in Man of La Mancha, Sacramento Music Circus; Giuseppe Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza; Lambs Players Theatre; Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Westchester Broadway Theatre; and Lt. Marco Rodriguez in the world premiere of Camila, Walnut Street Theatre.  Rowe has also performed in several National and European tours of West Side Story and A Chorus Line.

FACT SHEET


LOST IN YONKERS
By Neil Simon
Directed by Scott Schwartz
 
RUNS:  Jan. 23 – Feb. 28, 2010, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

TICKETS:
  $29-$62

SYNOPSIS:
  Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera) stars in Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the inaugural production of The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theater.

CREATIVE TEAM:
  Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Matthew McCarthy (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Diana Moser (Stage Manager).
 
CAST: Jeffrey Bender (Louie), Steven Kaplan (Jay), Judy Kaye (Grandma Kurnitz), Austyn Myers (Arty), Amanda Naughton (Gert), Jennifer Regan (Bella), Spencer Rowe (Eddie).

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: 
Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:
  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
 
INSIGHT SEMINAR
Monday, Jan. 25 at 6:00pm
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  FREE.
 
OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30pm–8:00pm  $21
An evening for GLBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes  Tickets: $21  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Friday, Jan. 29, 6:30pm–8:00pm $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, Feb. 9 & 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 24
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE.

PREVIEWS:
Jan 23 SAT at 8:00pm
Jan 24 SUN at 7:00pm
Jan 26 TUE at 7:00pm
Jan 27 WED at 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Jan 28 THU at 8:00pm (OUT at
the Globe)
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Jan 29 FRI at 8:00pm (Thank GLOBE It’s Friday)
Jan 30 SAT at 2:00pm
Jan 30 SAT at 8:00pm
Jan 31 SUN at 2:00pm
Jan 31 SUN at 7:00pm
Feb 2 TUE at 7:00pm
Feb 3 WED at 7:00pm
Feb 4 THU at 8:00pm
Feb 5 FRI at 8:00pm
Feb 6 SAT at 2:00pm
Feb 6 SAT at 8:00pm
Feb 7 SUN at 2:00pm
Feb 7 SUN at 7:00pm
Feb 9 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Feb 10 WED at 7:00pm
Feb 11 THU at 8:00pm
Feb 12 FRI at 8:00pm
Feb 13 SAT at 2:00pm
Feb 13 SAT at 8:00pm
Feb 14 SUN at 2:00pm
Feb 14 SUN at 7:00pm
Feb 16 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Feb 17 WED at 7:00pm
Feb 18 THU at 8:00pm
Feb 19 FRI at 8:00pm
Feb 20 SAT at 2:00pm
Feb 20 SAT at 8:00pm
Feb 21 SUN at 2:00pm
Feb 21 SUN at 7:00pm
Feb 23 TUE at 7:00pm
Feb 24 WED at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Feb 25 THU at 8:00pm
Feb 26 FRI at 8:00pm
Feb 27 SAT at 2:00pm
Feb 27 SAT at 8:00pm
Feb 28 SUN at 2:00pm
Feb 28 SUN at 7:00pm
  
PHOTOS:  Digital images of Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
 
PRESS CONTACTS:
Jeffrey Weiser  (619) 238-0043 x2352  jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Carolyn Stephens  (619) 238-0043 x2355  cstephens@TheOldGlobe.org