Auditions for Lost in Yonkers | Playbill

Auditions for Lost in Yonkers


The Heights Players
Brooklyn, NY


Kerry Wolf

Job Details




The Heights Players, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Auditions : February 6th and 7th, Callbacks February 8th

Performances : April 14th – 23rd

**All those auditioning must provide proof of complete vaccination. All those auditioning are required to wear masks when not auditioning**


This memory play, By Neil Simon, is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-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.


Please bring a headshot and resume. Sides will be provided at auditions.

*We are also casting understudies for all roles*


Jay (M) –not quite 16, independent, jokester type who sometimes gets carried away with the situations going on around him; the play tells his coming-of-age story.

Arty (M) – Jay’s younger brother, he is about 13 years old. More of an observer than the rest of his family, he often goes with the flow of things, but also can be a little childish.

Eddie (M) – Jay’s middle-aged father, about 41. After the death of his wife, he is forced to send his two sons to live with their grandmother, while he repays his large financial debts. He is shown to be, much like his sisters, a nervous wreck around Grandma.

Bella (F) – Mid thirties, Jay’s aunt. She is sometimes a bit off-center and is mentally challenged, 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 (F) – Eddie and Bella’s mother, a big woman, buxom, with a strong and erect body, Mid 60’s - early 70s years of age. Jay’s grandmother. A very old and stern woman. Owing to her harsh childhood, she has always been very intolerant of what in others she calls “weaknesses”. She is blunt, sometimes even in a funny way, and always knows what is going on with the people around her.

Louie (M) – Jay’s flamboyant, jovial uncle, about 36, who comes to live with the family when he is hiding from the local mob. He is considered by Grandma Kurnitz to be the “survivor” of the family. He has a strong, mercurial nature, and a certain underlying dark side, which the kids uncover in the second act of the play. He works as a “bag-man” for the mob.

Aunt Gert (F) – Jay’s aunt, and Grandma’s daughter, mid to late 30s. She is a very interesting addition to the family. 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.

The Heights Players is located at 26 Willow Place, between State and Joralemon Streets in Brooklyn Heights. The Heights Players is a membership organization. There is no pay or stipend for any role or position. There is a $20 membership fee if cast.


Feb 6, 2023 - Apr 23, 2023


$0.00 – $0.00 per hour



26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights, NY


February 6, 2023 at 7:00PM

February 7, 2023 at 7:00PM


Sides will be provided at audition

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