Checking on the Arts
9:31 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Theatre Memphis Presents Brighton Beach Memoirs

Sam Shankman as Eugene Morris Jerome
Sam Shankman as Eugene Morris Jerome
Credit Theatre Memphis

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs opens at Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage April 26, 2013. Director Irene Crist and actor Sam Shankman spoke with Kacky Walton about this coming-of-age production.

The plot focuses on a semi-autobiographical story featuring Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager, who experiences the turmoil of his family dynamics, his sexual awakening and his search for his identity. Having to deal with his older brother and female cousins who move into his home, the family situations prove to be material that is tender and funny.

The original Broadway production was the winner of the New Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

The show runs April 26 - May 12, 2013: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm.

For tickets or information, you can call the Theatre Memphis box office at 901-682-8323 or visit http://www.theatrememphis.org.

The Cast:

Eugene Morris Jerome - Sam Shankman

Blanche Morton - Tamara Wright

Kate Jerome - Emily Angel Baer

Laurie Morton - Carly Nahon

Nora Morton - Ellen Saba

Stanley Jerome - William Monteith

Jack Jerome - Stephen Huff