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Auditions for the Fall Production of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS by Neil Simon

Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

  • Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 (Crew Interviews start at 6pm; Auditions start at 7:00PM) OR
  • Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 (Crew Interviews start at 6pm; Auditions start at 7:00PM)
  • Location for both nights of auditions is the STUDIO THEATRE here on campus
  • Call-backs will be held on Thursday, September 4th @ 7:00pm
  • A limited number of scripts will be available for checkout on campus prior to auditions–keep watching this space for updates.

Performance dates:

  • Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9 AND
  • Thursday, November 13 through Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • 7:30pm each evening; except for Sunday, November 9 at 2:00pm
  • Studio Theatre, Level 1, PAC, here on campus


“Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other—with laughter, tears, and love. It is 1937 in Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome lives in Brighton Beach with his family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex, and forever fantasizing his baseball-diamond triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees. As our guide through his “memoirs,” Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting life’s challenges with pride, spirit, and a marvelous sense of humor. But as World War II looms ever closer, Eugene sees his own innocence slipping away as the first important era of his life ends—and a new one begins.” – GoodReads

4 w; 3 m

Eugene Morris Jerome:  A normal 15 year old boy who has recently discovered girls in a BIG way. He is obsessed with the female anatomy, which he’s never seen, and his other love of baseball. He wants to be a baseball player, but if that does not work out, he’ll settle for being a writer. He keeps a detailed journal of his family’s eccentricities. Eugene is concerned for his family, especially his overworked father, but complains about their demands on him. The play revolves around his memoirs, which are those of the young Neil Simon.

Stanley Jerome:  18-21 years old – He is the older brother of Eugene. Due to financial reasons, must work a factory job, which he hates. He tries to temper Eugene’s passions while attempting to please his parents, but he struggles with feelings of being trapped.

Jack Jerome:  late 40′s – Father of the Jerome family who feels the pressure of supporting an extended family by working two jobs. In addition, all family members turn to him for advice and answers. He is patient, but very weary.

Kate Jerome:  She is the very strong mother who attempts to hold the family together and solve the hurts and problems of all of them. She is opinionated and very verbal, but also very loving.

Aunt Blanche:  early 40′s – She is Kate’s younger sister, recently widowed, very indecisive, and dependent. She wants to have a life for herself and her daughters, but she does not know how or where to begin. She feels buried with her husband.

Nora (daughter of Blanche, cousin to the Jerome boys):   She is a very beautiful and ambitious 16 year old girl with dreams of Broadway. She is often resentful of her younger sister who is pampered due to heart flutters. In addition, she is angry at her father for dying and leaving her with a weak mother.

Laurie (daughter of Blanche, cousin to the Jerome boys):  She is a studious, yet quietly mischievous, 13 year old who is all ears around the adult situations. She appears innocent, but she really has a grasp on what the others around her are “up to.”

–Character Descriptions from Staples Players online.

Production Team

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Dathan Powell

Costume Designer: TBA

Lighting Designer: TBA

Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Managers, Dramaturg, costume crew, dressers, props master, running crew, etc…: TBA

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) are asked to attend one night of crew interviews at 6:00pm, fill out a crew application, and indicate area of interest backstage. The production team will take a few moments to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.


Please fill out an audition form when you arrive prior to 7:00pm. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks, and have fun! Prepared monologues and resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.

UIS Theatre invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for offstage work in one of our upcoming productions.

Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production