‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ Opens at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach Sept. 20
By Space Coast Daily // September 10, 2019
Neil Simon Comedy runs September 20 through 29 at Surfside Playhouse
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Dreams of baseball and girls are rudely interrupted by the reality of family life in a Brooklyn walk-up apartment in Brighton Beach Memoirs, opening Friday, September 20 at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach.
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Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during the Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy-drama focuses on Eugene Jerome (played by Logan Mays), a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his quirky family.
Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon, the first part of his “Eugene trilogy.”
Logan Mays, the young actor playing the leading role of Eugene Jerome, is a 16-year-old high school student at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. A special 2 p.m. Saturday matinee has been added on September 28.
Adult tickets to all shows are $25, Senior/Military/Student tickets are $22. Tickets are available at the door or through the theatre website at SurfsidePlayhouse.com
The 250-seat Surfside Playhouse, “Where the Beach Meets the Stage,” is west on South Fifth Street from Highway A1A and located at 301 Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach, at the northwest corner of Brevard Avenue and Ramp Road.
Artistic Director for the Surfside Players Bryan Bergeron knows that Eugene’s tribulations in Brighton Beach Memoirs are shared by many teenagers.
“This wonderful script by Neil Simon is full of recognizable characters and keen observations,” said Bergeron.
“Everyone can remember being a teen mortified by kooky relatives, having a secret crush and trying to control raging hormones. Set in the Depression, the play is a bittersweet look at a struggling household, with humor at its core.”
In continuous operation since 1963, the Surfside Playhouse is home to the Surfside Players and presents a full season of self-produced shows and community performances each year.
For more information, visit the theatre website at SurfsidePlayhouse.com or call 321-783-3127.
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