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Visual Art Exhibit Interprets Neil Simon’s Play in Oceanside

Oceanside CA-The lobby of The Brooks Theatre in Oceanside will be hosting an interpretational fine art exhibit in conjunction with Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Lost in Yonkers. The artists will be interpreting and rendering their version of the play’s theme; a chaotic, disrupted and unconventional family viewed through the eyes of the young protagonist and his brother, when displaced with an assortment of odd family members in Yonkers during WWII.

Artistic interpretation of Lost In Yonkers play by an Oceanside resident Scotti Taylor

Artistic interpretation of Lost In Yonkers play by an Oceanside resident Scotti Taylor

The artists were hand selected and hail from Southern California and Oregon. The fine art exhibit will run concurrently with the play from May 16th through June 1. The lobby will be open for viewing the paintings during posted hours, on Thursdays and weekends throughout the run of the play and by appointment. A closing reception is scheduled for June 1. For more information on times, the art, the artists or to purchase a painting on exhibit, please visit www.oceansidetheatre.org, or email The Brooks Theatre at info@oceansidetheatre.org.

Oceanside Theatre Company, operating The Brooks Theatre, has recently announced availability of its 2014 season tickets / subscriptions starting with a live stage production of Lost in Yonkers written by Neil Simon, show dates May 16 to June 1, 2014, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., at The Brooks. The Brooks Theatre is located at 217 North Coast Hwy in Oceanside. The 2014 Season of Oceanside Theatre Company consists of three full-length plays and an annual talent show, all produced by OCT.

Lost in Yonkers is being directed by Kathy Brombacher, who used to live in Oceanside. Kathy recently retired from being the Producing Artistic Director for Moonlight Stage Productions. She is known as a prominent figure in the community and as a founding member and driving force behind Moonlight for a very long time. (See a writeup about Kathy on Vista’s Chamber of Commerce website at: http://vistachamber.org/community-info/vista-magazine/kathy-brombacher/)

Lost in Yonkers, written by America’s great comic playwright Neil Simon, is the winner of 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 1991 Tony® Award for Best Play. According to New York Post, it is “the best play Simon ever wrote”. This memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. The story unfolds as the ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

Show times:
May 16, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
May 17, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
May 18, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
May 23, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
May 24, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
May 25, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
May 30, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
May 31, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
June 1, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.

Individual show and season tickets are on sale at http://www.oceansidetheatre.org/. Individual tickets for Lost in Yonkers are $21 general, $17 seniors, $14 students and military, or $14 on “Preview” night only. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group tickets for one show are $14 each for 10 or more people, or $12 each for 50 or more people. The Brooks audience has an opportunity to save money with season tickets. Season tickets prices are: $55 general or $48 seniors, students, and military. In addition to the three scheduled shows produced in 2014 by OTC (Lost in Yonkers, Musical of Musicals, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol), season ticket holders can claim a 20% discount for the annual North County’s Got Talent special event in August 2014. Oceanside Theatre Company operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219 is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Interested guests may look up Oceanside Theatre Company on Facebook and “like” it for additional info and for other events at this venue. Go to www.oceansidetheatre.org or call 760-433-8900 for more information.

About Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company’s mission is to create professional quality theatre for a vibrant and diverse population. OTC will strive to reach a wide audience base and encourage and improve artistic growth in the community by producing a broad repertoire of theatre, giving local theatre artists creative opportunities and offering educational theatre and outreach programs. In efforts to bring visual and performing arts education back to schools, Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy and Oceanside Unified School District have been collaborating together to bring quality musical theatre education to middle schools in the city. In addition, Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy’s Acting Classes are offered to students during the year and its Summer Camp in the summer.