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SWOSU Opens Theatre Season This Week with Neil Simon Comedy

October 8, 2012

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Cast and crew of Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s production of Neil Simon’s comedy, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which will be performed October 11-13 on the Weatherford campus, are (front from left): Sheri Flowers, Edmond; and Randi Rowland, Tuttle. Second row from left—Carmen Rutledge, Lawton; and Emma Leffler, Arlington TX. Third row from left—Calley Lamar, Okeene;  Adam Boothby, Guymon; and Keifer Fulsom, Newkirk. Back row from left—Drew Krause, Okeene; Monica Sallaway, Omaha NE; and Merritt Taylor, Cordell. Not pictured are James Brennan, Lawton; Steve Doughty, Yukon; and Nikki Reiss, Moore. To make reservations, the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre box office hours are Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. The box office phone number is 580.774.6046.  

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Communication and Theatre begins its 2012-2013 theatre season with Neil Simon’s comedy, Brighton Beach Memoirs, with performances October 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre on the Weatherford campus.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for non-SWOSU students, and free for individuals with a valid SWOSU id.  For more information or to make reservations, the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre box office hours are Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. The box office phone number is 580.774.6046.  

Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first part of a trilogy of plays that Simon wrote as a semi-autobiographical depiction of his own life.  The 14-year old Eugene Jerome, portrayed by Okeene sophomore Drew Krause, is the play’s narrator and central character.  Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother Kate Jerome (Monica Sallaway, Omaha (NE) sophomore), overworked father (Merritt Taylor, Cordell sophomore), and his worldly older brother Stanley Jerome (Adam Boothby, Guymon junior). 

Throw into the mix his widowed aunt Blanche Morton (Nikki Reiss, Moore sophomore) and her two young but rapidly aging daughters Laurie (Emma Leffler,  Arlington (TX) freshman) and Nora (Sheri Flowers, Edmond sophomore).  All of these characters living under one roof provide a perfect recipe for hilarity, served up “Simon-style.”  This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”  Discretion is advised for the production of Brighton Beach Memoirs due to some subject matter and language.

Other members of the production company are Kiefer Fulsom (Newkirk junior), Randi Rowland (Tuttle junior), Carmen Rutledge (Lawton sophomore), Steven Doughty (Yukon senior), James Brennan (Lawton junior), Calley Lamar (Okeene sophomore) and SWOSU faculty members Stephen Haynes and Steve Strickler. 

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