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Title: Brighton Beach Memoirs
Author(s): Neil Simon
Licensing Agent: Samuel French, Inc
Genre: Comedy
Length: Full Length
Male Roles: 3
Female Roles: 4
Extras: 0

Description: Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a Brooklyn teenager in 1937 living with his family in crowded, lower middle class circumstances. Eugene the young Neil Simon is the narrator and central character. His mind is full of fiercely fantasized dreams of baseball and dimly fantasized images of girls. The play captures a few days in the life of a struggling Jewish household that includes Eugene's hard working father, his sharp tongued mother, his older and vastly more experienced brother Stanley, his widowed aunt and her two young daughters. As Eugene's father says, "If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't live in this house." Two have heart disease, one has asthma, and two at least temporarily lose jobs needed to keep the straitened family afloat. Family miseries are used to raise such enduring issues as sibling resentments, guilt ridden parent child relationships and the hunger for dignity in a poverty stricken world. It is a deeply appealing play that deftly

Character Gender Role Size Min Age Max Age Description
Eugene Jerome M Lead 14 17 He is a normal 15 year old boy who has recently discovered girls in a BIG way. He is obsessed with the female anatomy, which he's never seen, and his other love of baseball. The play revolves around his memoirs.
Stanley Jerome M Supporting 18 25 He is the older brother who, due to financial reasons, must work a factory job, which he hates. He tries to temper Eugene's passions while attempting to please his parents, but he struggles with feelings of being trapped.
Jack Jerome M Supporting 40 50 He is the father who feels the pressure of supporting an extended family by working two jobs. In addition, all family members turn to him for advice and answers. He is patient, but very weary.
Kate Jerome F Supporting 40 50 She is the very strong mother who attempts to hold the family together and solve the hurts and problems of all of them. She is opinionated and very verbal, but also very loving.
Aunt Blanche F Supporting 35 45 She is Kate's younger sister, recently widowed, very indecisive, and dependent. She wants to have a life for herself and her daughters, but she does not know how or where to begin. She feels buried with her husband.
Cousin Nora F Supporting 16 22 She is a very beautiful and ambitious 16 year old girl with dreams of Broadway. She is often resentful of her younger sister who is pampered due to heart flutters. In addition, she is angry at her father for dying and leaving her with a weak mother.
Cousin Laurie F Supporting 13 16 She is a studious, yet quietly mischievous, 13 year old who is all ears around the adult situations. She appears innocent, but she really has a grasp on what the others around her are "up to."

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