Audition: Lost in Yonkers, Theatre Aurora

Theatre Aurora presents Lost in Yonkers

By Neil Simon
Director: Sal Aguila

Yonkers, NY, 1942. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two 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, Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum, in a strange new world called Yonkers.


  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Monday, December 8, 2014 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


  • Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


  • Theatre Aurora — 150 Henderson Drive, Aurora, Ontario.

Meet and greet and first read-through is Tuesday, December 16.
Rehearsals will be Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. Starting in January


  • April 22-26, April 30-May 2, 2015
  • The Sunday performance (April 26) is a matinée at 2:00pm; all other performances are at 8:00pm.

**If you are auditioning, you must also be available for Sunday, May 3, 2015 for mandatory

NOTE: Those auditioning must bring any scheduling conflicts (from January through April) to the audition. We will make every effort to accommodate conflicts.

Please prepare a short monologue, poem or story. Actors should also be prepared to do a cold read from the script. If possible, please read the script prior to auditions.

  • Jay: (11-14) He is an independent, self-serving jokester, who sometimes gets carried away with the situations going on around him. The play tells his coming-of-age story.
  • Arty: (15-17) Jay’s younger brother. More of an observer than the rest of his family, he often goes with the flow of things, but also can be a little childish.
  • Bella: (25-40) The aunt. She is sometimes a bit off-center and is mentally challenged, but despite this she is also loving and protective of her nephews. Much of the second half of the play focuses on her attempts at independence from her stern mother.
  • Louie: (30-50 ) Jay’s flamboyant, jovial uncle, who comes to live with the family when he is hiding from the local mob. He is considered by Grandma Kurnitz to be the “survivor” of the family. He has a strong, mercurial nature, and a certain underlying dark side, which the kids
    uncover in the second act of the play. He works as a “bag-man” for the mob.
  • Grandma Kurnitz: (50-70) Jay’s grandmother. A stern woman. Owing to her harsh childhood,  she has always been very intolerant of what in others she calls “weaknesses.” She is blunt,
    sometimes even in a funny way, and always knows what is going on with the people around her.
  • Eddie: (35-55) Jay’s middle-aged father. After the death of his wife, he is forced to send his two sons to live with their grandmother, while he repays his large financial debts. He is shown to be, much like his sisters, a nervous wreck around Grandma.
  • Gert: (35-55) Jay’s aunt, and Grandma’s daughter. She is a very interesting addition to the
    family. Her most noticeable issue is that when she breathes she has a tendency to suck in while still speaking, as a result of trauma instilled in her by Grandma from a young age.

Appointments are REQUIRED for Auditions: Please contact us at 647-230-2209 or preferably by e-mail at to notify us that you wish to attend auditions. Once your request is received, you will receive an e-mail confirmation along with further instructions, requirements, etc.