Play portrays life in the 1937, it’s not easy but it’s not miserable or pitiful
BENNINGTON- Oldcastle Theatre Company presents “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” opening Friday, July 12.
Fifteen-year old Eugene, modeled on Neil Simon himself, is preoccupied with sex and the Yankees. He is a writer-to-be, an alternately perplexed and perceptive observer, and the narrator and guide to life in the Jerome family. The play is set in September 1937, late in the depression.
The Jeromes have relatives living with them and life is by no means easy. But as the playwright portrays it, it is neither miserable nor pitiful. The Jeromes are troubled by illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments, and foreboding signs of World War II. Yet the family meets challenges with such enormous spirit, dignity, and vigor that life, at once humorous and poignant, is something to celebrate.
Directed by Oldcastle artistic associate Nathan Stith, the play’s cast includes Sarah Corey, Anthony Ingargiola, Eli Ganias, Sophia Garder, DJ Gleason, Kate Kenney, and Kristen Herink.
The set design is by Oldcastle’s associate artistic director Richard Howe, costumes by Ursula McCarty, lights by David V. Groupe, who is also the company technical director, and sound by Cory Wheat.
For information and tickets visit the company’s website or call (802) 447-0564.