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Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs

Director Steve Arcidiacono will hold auditions for Brighton Beach Memoirs at NCT on Feb. 1 & 2. Doors open at 6:30 and auditions will begin at 7:00. NCT is located at City Line & Lancaster Avenues [inside the Overbrook Presbyterian Church]

- no children under the ages specified (11 for girls, 13 for boys) will be seen,

- no one will be seen after 8pm other than those already present

- head shots will be accepted but are not necessary, but resumes are requested

- plan to spend at least one hour at the audition.


Narberth Community Theater, inside the Overbrook Presbyterian Church (at the corner of City Line Avenue (Route 1) and Lancaster Avenue (Route 30))
6376 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151

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Show Dates:

May 6, 7, 13, 14 - 2016 at 8:00pm.

May 8, 15 - 2016 at 3:00 pm

Show Synopsis:

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Steve Arcidiacono

Part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn neighborhood. Eugene Jerome, Simon's alter ego, is the narrator and central character of the plot, dreaming of baseball and girls, and coping with the family's daily struggles along with his formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for heartwarming hilarity, served up Simon-style. As the clouds of war gather over Europe, this bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the story of a loving Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here." Definitely one of Neil Simon's best works, and a show not to be missed.

Performances run weekends May 6th-14th 2016
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French

PLEASE NOTE: as this is an ensemble show, most actors will be required at every rehearsal.




old 13 to young 17 (15 is the target age) – the lead of the show, Eugene represents Neil Simon as a young boy growing into young adulthood with all of the evident hormones and pressures of adolescence. He carries most of the comedy in the piece and serves as the narrator of the plot. This demanding role requires great comic timing and a youthful spirit.


old 18 to young 23 (20 is the target age) – Eugene’s older brother. Stanley knows a few things about the world but not as much as he thinks he knows. A high school graduate who can’t go to college has he has to help support the family. The role requires a strong actor who is still youthful in appearance but definitely growing into a man. Should have a good physique.


mid-40’s to mid-50’s – the father of the boys. Jack is trying his best to make a better life for his family as well as the family of his widowed sister-in-law, but is only barely making ends meet. I need to see a man who is older than his years due to stress and workload, but one who loves his family deeply. The role requires a very strong dramatic actor who can show the burdens of the role without turning it into melodrama. A good Jewish accent is beneficial.


early 40’s to early 50’s – the mother of the boys, and the matriarch of the family. Kate rules the roost and has her hands full trying to keep their lives afloat. She loves both of her families dearly, but the strain of their financial situation, as well as some deep-seated resentment of her younger, prettier sister, leads to the eventual showdown. Kate must be a VERY strong actress who can show the backbone needed for the role as well as do a good Jewish accent.


late 30’s to mid-40’s – the widowed-too-soon younger sister of Kate, Blanche and her two daughters live with Jack and Kate as they have nowhere else to go. Blanche was always the pretty one and so has limited skills. Her husband’s untimely death several years ago is still weighing heavily on her, as are the decisions that she must now make but is unprepared for. Blanche needs to be a good actress with a passable Jewish accent.


old 14 to young 18 (16 is the target age) – Nora is the star-struck daughter of Blanche who can’t understand why her father was taken from her so soon. She is on the verge of womanhood and has the normal teenage angst running high. The role requires a young woman who knows her own mind and is “fully developed” – she must pass for at least 16 years old. Eugene is secretly in lust for her, as pointed out repeatedly in the script.


old 11 to young 15 (13 is the target age) – Laurie is Nora’s younger sister who supposedly has health issues, although it becomes apparent that she’s actually fine. Laurie is the smart one and a plain talker – she says what she thinks. Laurie should be a good actress, but the role is also a good starting point for a talented novice.