Lost in Yonkers

Audition date: May. 20 - May. 21, 2019 at 7 pm
Remark: After the death of their mother, Arty and Jay’s father is weighed down by debts. They are left to live with their grandmother, aunt, and uncle in the strange new world of Yonkers.

The Racine Theatre Guild will be holding open auditions for Lost in Yonkers on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Racine Theatre Guild.

ABOUT THE SHOW

After the death of their mother, Arty and Jay’s father is weighed down by debts. They are left to live with their stern grandmother, childlike Aunt Bella, and hoodlum Uncle Louie so their father can pay back the loan sharks. In their strange new world of Yonkers, the young boys learn lessons about love, responsibility, and the importance of family that will carry them into adulthood.

ROLES FOR

WOMEN

  • Bella (30s – 50s): Jay and Arty’s aunt. She is sometimes a bit off-center and slow, but despite this she is also loving and protective of her nephews. Much of the second half of the play focuses on her attempts at independence from her stern mother.
  • Grandma Kurnitz (65+): Jay and Arty’s grandmother; a very old and stern woman, an immigrant from Germany. Owing to her harsh childhood, she has always been very intolerant of what in others she calls “weaknesses.” Imposing, if not in size, in tone and speech. Ability to do a German or Yiddish accent, with work key.
  • Aunt Gert (30s – 50s): Jay and Arty’s aunt. Intimidated by Grandma. Her most noticeable issue is that when she breathes she has a tendency to suck in while still speaking, as a result of trauma instilled in her by Grandma from a young age.

BOYS

  • Jay (15 – 20): independent, jokester type who sometimes gets carried away with the situations going on around him; thinks of himself as the leader.
  • Arty (12 – 17): Jay’s younger brother. More of an observer than the rest of his family. Unsure of the world he has been forced into, but goes through tremendous growth during the course of the play.

MEN

  • Eddie (30s – 50s): Jay and Arty’s father. Reeling from the death of his wife, Eddie struggles to be the kind of man and father he thinks he’s supposed to be. He is shown to be, much like his sisters, a nervous wreck around Grandma.
  • Louie (30s – 50s): Jay and Arty’s uncle. Larger-than-life, jovial, strong survivor type who comes to live with the family while hiding from the local mob; bagman for the mob who has a dark side.

**All actors will work on New York dialect as part of the process

Director Lisa Kornetsky will hold auditions in the Racine Theatre Guild lobby. No appointments necessary. Auditions consist of a cold reading from the script. Individuals of all levels of experience are invited to audition.

Scripts may be checked out in advance from the box office with a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when the script is returned. The show will go into rehearsal in August and will be performed weekends September 13 – 29.

For more information, contact the Box Office at (262) 633-4218 or boxoffice@racinetheatre.org.

 

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