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Auditions- Lost in Yonkers


Torrance Theatre Company At 1316 Cabrillo
1316 Cabrillo Ave 90501 Torrance United States
Torrance Theatre Company is casting
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by K.C. Gussler

Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers", winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 1991 Tony Award for Best Play. This is a memory play set in Yonkers in 1942 in a world dominated by WWII. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.


Auditions by appointment.

Please prepare a brief a monologue.

When: Sunday, July 17th
Time: Appointments available between 2-4:30 pm.
Where: 1316 Cabrillo Ave. Torrance, CA 90501

Rehearsal Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday,Thursday 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beginning August 20th

September 17th - October 16th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm,
Thursday October 13th at 8pm, followed by a Q & A

For appointments, email CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com with name and role(s) you wish to audition for.

Be advised: Call-backs by invitation at 5 pm, later that evening.


Arthur (Arty) Kurnitz: (Supporting), Male, must be able to convincingly play age 13-14, All Ethnicities. An observer, sometimes inadvertently funny, sometimes makes inadvertently intelligent comments. Caught between wanting to stay a child and wanting to grow up.

Jacob (Jay) Kurnitz: (Lead) Male, must be able to convincingly play age 15-16, All Ethnicities. Not quite 16, intelligent, a jokester, sometimes self-serving. Wants to be a man and take care of his family, but not quite sure how to go about doing it. Finds his inner strength eventually.

Grandma Kurnitz: (Lead) Female, ages 60-79, Caucasian. A Jewish Immigrant from Germany many years before. Strong and powerful, exudes authority and discipline. Is intimidating to everyone around her, especially her children. Runs a candy store.

Eddie Kurnitz: (Lead) Male, ages 40-47, All Ethnicities. A widower and father to Jay and Arty. Caught in a hard place. Uncertain and intimidated but determined to do what is best for himself and his family.

Bella Kurnitz: (Supporting) Female, ages 31-39, All Ethnicities. Warm and congenial, but emotionally arrested and mentally flighty. Still living at home with her mother, and working in the candy shop, since no one considers her capable of living on her own. Highly intimidated by her mother.

Louie Kurnitz: (Supporting) Male, age 36, All Ethnicities. Least openly intimidated by his mother. Laid-back, and joking, but is rumored to be a bag-man for the mob who "cleans up messes." Has found it necessary to look out for himself most of his life.

Gert Kurnitz: (Supporting) Female, ages 35-46, All Ethnicities. Has an unusual breathing/speaking pattern due to childhood discipline trauma by her mother. Lives on her own, but still falls in to her childhood breathing/speaking patterns whenever she is around her mother.

LOST IN YONKERS is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Torrance Theatre Company is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the Torrance Community Services Department. www.TorranceCA.Gov. Sponsored in part by Friends of Torrance Theatre Company.