Play House artistic director Michael Bloom directs Simon's 1942-set play that will officially open Jan. 13 and will run through Jan. 31 in the Drury Theatre. The engagement is a co-production with Maltz Jupiter Theatre and the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Prinz ("As the World Turns," Master Class, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, I Do! I Do!) portrays Grandma in a cast that also features Sara Surrey (Bella), Maxwell Beer (Arty), Patricia Buckley (Gert), Anthony Crane (Louie), John Plumpis (Eddie) and Alex Wyse (Jay).
The design team for Lost in Yonkers includes Michael Schweikhardt (scenic design), David Kay Mickelsen (costume design), Paul Miller (lighting design) and Keith Kohrs (sound design).
Lost in Yonkers, according to press notes, tells the "story of an eccentric New York family in crisis in the summer of 1942. On the run from a loan shark, a frightened and weak-willed father leaves his two teenage boys, Jay and Arty, with their domineering grandmother who runs a candy store in Yonkers. The effect of the old woman's tyranny over two generations of offspring becomes evident as she coldheartedly attempts to control not only their lives but also that of her mentally challenged middle-aged daughter, Bella, who desperately yearns for love and independence. The boys are forced to live by their stern grandmother's rules until their gangster uncle, Louie, comes to town one night and goes into hiding in the family home. Uncle Louie ends up helping both the boys and Bella understand their aging grandmother and realize the importance of acceptance and love, despite the hardship of life in Yonkers."
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Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House has presented the world premieres of Randal Myler's It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Michele Lowe's The Smell of the Kill, Eric Coble's Bright Ideas and Seth Greenland's Jerusalem.