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Geneva Theatre Guild Holds Auditions For Neil Simon Comedy

Auditions for the Geneva Theatre Guild’s fall production, “Lost in Yonkers,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 3 and 4, at the Presbyterian Church, Park Place, Geneva.

“Lost in Yonkers,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, is considered by many to be Neil Simon’s best work. This memory play, set in the first years of World War II, tells the story of two early teenage boys who are left with their stern grandmother and eccentric aunt, when their widower father must take a job out of town.

Female roles in the play are the family matriarch, Grandma Kurnitz, a stern immigrant from Germany; Aunt Bella, a grown woman with a loving child’s mind; and Aunt Gert, who often forgets to stop talking when she breathes.

The two male roles are Eddie, the father who recently lost his wife and must pay off the debts of her illness and shady Uncle Louie, a small-time gangster who drops in to hide out.

The younger roles, which can range in age from 12 to 16, are the brothers, Arty and Jay, who somehow must survive their father’s funny and classically dysfunctional family.

“Lost in Yonkers,” directed by Eric Janzen, will be presented at the Sons of Italy Lodge, Geneva, on Oct. 17, 18 and 19.

Auditions are open to all interested area residents. The Guild is also looking for volunteers to help with the set, lighting, costumes and props. For more information, call 789-1209, (315) 462-9707 or visit the Guild’s Web site at