Dan Castellaneta, Ben Diskin, Kenneth Schmidt and Gia Carides head the cast of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers which is being produced Feb. 14-18 as part of L.A. Theatre Works' live radio theatre series. John Rubinstein is the director.
Performances are at The Skirball Cultural Center, where each performance is recorded before a live audience for future broadcast on public radio.
Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four Tony Awards including Best Play, Lost in Yonkers deals with a family issue: what happens to children in the absence of love. Set in Yonkers, New York in 1942, two boys, aged 13 and 16, must spend a year with their grim, demanding grandmother. While the war rages in Europe, the two children are challenged and learn the essentials of life through their relationship with their grandmother, uncle and aunts—all difficult characters.
The play was Simon's 24th play to reach Broadway. That was 30 years after the premiere of his debut play, Come Blow Your Horn. Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in the Santa Monica Mountains. For tickets and information call (310) 827-0889. Student Rush ($10) and a Public Rush ($20) are available ten minutes prior to curtain on a first- come, first-served basis.
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent