Two well known area actresses, Eleanor Stearns and Pam Rapoza, of Geneva will head the cast for the Geneva Theatre Guild’s production of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. Lost in Yonkers, a Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, is set in the first years of World War II. The memory play tells the story of two early teenage boys who must somehow survive their father’s funny but dysfunctional family. Yonkers will be presented at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 31 Prospect Ave., Geneva, on October 17, 18 and 19. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, senior citizens and Sons of Italy members. Tickets are on sale at Martin Music, Don’s Own Flower Shop and the Sons of Italy Lodge, in Geneva and at The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls.
Stearns, who plays the family matriarch, Grandma Kurnitz, has appeared in You’re Never Gone, Grace and Glorie, Ex-Miss Copper Queen on a Set of Pills, Towards Zero and Oliver! She frequently directs for the Guild and travels the area with her one woman presentations of Emily Dickinson, Amelia Earhart, Clara Baron and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Rapoza, who has been acting since high school, has appeared in ‘Night Mother, Godspell, Moon Over Buffalo, Nunsense, the Female version of the Odd Couple and Steel Magnolias. She directed and choreographed Copacabana for the Seneca Community Players this summer. Rapoza plays Aunt Bella, a grown woman with a loving, child’s mind.
Two veteran Guild actors, Charles King and Dan Chacchia, also of Geneva, have the adult male roles. King, the dashing bandit, El Gallo, in the Guild’s dinner theatre production of The Fantasticks, plays shady Uncle Louie, a small-time gangster, who is hiding out. He has also acted in Plaza Suite, The Odd Couple, King Lear, Othello and Gypsy. King has a small book publishing company and designed the Guild’s 25th Anniversary Program, season show programs and print advertising.
Chacchia, who received a Theatre Association of New York State Merit Award for his acting in Over the River and Through the Woods last fall, plays Eddie, the widower father who must leave his sons with their grandmother. He has also appeared in Silver Linings, Carousel, and several of the Guild’s Playwrights/Playreadings productions.
Making their debut with the Guild are Sue Barduhn, Joshua Jansen, and Randy Hample. Barduhn, from Seneca Falls, has appeared in The Odd Couple (female version), Reunions, Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and Diary of Ann Frank. She plays Aunt Gert, who often forgets to stop talking when she breathes. Joshua Jansen, from Clifton Springs, plays Arty, the younger brother. He has performed in Oliver, Annie, Music Man, and the Missoula Children’s Theatre Production of Rumplestiltskin. Randy Hample, of Phelps, plays Jay, the older brother. Hample’s stage credits include Midlakes High School productions of The Secret Garden, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Few Good Men. He appeared in Copacabana this summer.
Lost in Yonkers is directed by Eric Jansen, of Clifton Springs. His directing credits include A Flea in Her Ear, Crossing Delancey, The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspeare (abridged), Barefoot in the Park and A Spider’s Web. He did lighting on the Guild’s productions of Over the River and Through the Woods, The Fantasticks and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.