Prince George’s Little Theatre kicks off it’s 55th Season with Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, August 29th at Bowie Playhouse, Bowie, MD. The play centers around fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome, who narrates…
…the trials and experiences of his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other in 1937 Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life which includes a formidable mother, an overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young daughters you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.
One of the stars is Jill Goodrich, who took time out of her rehearsal schedule to talk with DC Actors Examiner about her role, and the show.
Q – Who do you play in Brighton Beach Memoirs?
I play Blanche, a widow who, along with her two daughters, lives with her sister and her family in Brooklyn in the 1930s.
Q – What’s Blanche’s objective in the play?
Without giving away too much of the plot, Blanche wants what she thinks is best for her daughters and ultimately, what is best for her.
Q – What themes does the play explore?
Growing up, family relationships (the good and the bad).
Q – What’s been your favorite stage roles in your career?
I have been very fortunate to play a number of wonderful roles in all types of shows, including The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Nancy in Third, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, the Baroness in Sound of Music, Mary in The Women, Claire in Proof, Mindy in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, and various characters in The Laramie Project.
Q – Are you Method?
No. I just really try to understand the characters that I’m playing and be real in the moment as they would be.
Q – Have you done film?
No. I haven’t had the opportunity unless you count an eighth grade student project.
Q – What traits do you like in directors?
Collaboration. I appreciate when a director is willing to listen to an actor’s ideas even if he chooses not to use them. And, a sense of humor goes a long way.
Q – What will the audience come away with?
I hope that they’ll laugh and feel like they’ve had an enjoyable night of theater, but also be touched by the relationships that they see being portrayed.
Laurie – Annalie Ellis
Eugene – Casey Baum
Stanley – Mike Culhone
Nora – Sophia Speciale
Blanche – Jill Goodrich
Kate – Nora Zanger
Jack – Steve Feder
Friday, August 29, September 5 and 12 at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 30, September 6 and 13 at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 31 and September 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/18 & Under, $13 for Groups of 10+
PGLT Box Office: 301.937.PGLT (7458)