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Lost In Yonkers to Be Presented at West Orange High School



(West Orange, NJ) October 12, 2012 – West Orange High School Drama Club will present Neil Simon’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama “Lost in Yonkers” on November 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm at the West Orange High School Auditorium, Pleasant Valley Way off of Eagle Rock Road.

Called the best play the award-winning comic playwright has ever written, “Lost in Yonkers” received numerous accolades including the 1991 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play and the 1991 Tony Award for Best Play.  The coming-of-age tale is about Bella, a 35-year old mentally challenged sweet, young woman living at home with her stern mother.  Comedy ensues when her n’er do well brother, Eddie, leaves his two young sons on the mother’s doorstep and the boys are left to contend with Grandma, a frightfully intimidating immigrant, Bella and her secret romance with an usher at the local movie house, and Louie, their small-time hoodlum uncle, in this strange new world called Yonkers.

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The play, directed by Sandra Van Dyke, will take place at the West Orange High School Auditorium which holds over 900 comfortable seats and features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.  The West Orange Drama Club is proud to be a troupe in the International Thespian Society honoring excellence in the work of high school theatre.  The Club also participates in the annual state festival, the international festival in Nebraska and the annual Governor’s Award in Acting competition each year, consistently garnering awards for the entire school as well as individual students.

The incredible student cast includes:  Seniors Kristie Keleshian (Grandma), Sophie Eisenbud (Bella), Jesse Lab (Eddie), Ariel Schwarzman (Louie) as well as  Samantha Nieves and James Steinik as understudies for Grandma and Eddie/Uncle Louie.  Junior Chris Wold plays Jay with sophomore Michael Leonardis as his understudy and sophomore Eli Elman who plays Artie.  Freshman Kate Berwind will play Gert.

Tickets are available online at or by calling 973.669.5301, ext.  #31450.  Advance purchase tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students; $10 at the door.

Reserve a seat and enjoy this hilarious performance of “Lost in Yonkers,” for what promises to be an evening of sheer laughter and fun entertainment.




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