Stony Batter Players Presents “Lost in Yonkers”
Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg Academy’s student theatre company, opened its 2021-2022 season with three performances of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The show opened during the Academy’s Family Weekend October 9, and performances were also held October 15 and 16.
Lost in Yonkers was the first Stony Batter Players production to take place indoors with an audience since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Though we’re very proud of what we accomplished last year with our radio play, virtual shows, and outdoor musical, we are very excited to be back in the Simon Theatre with a live audience,” says Matt Maurer, the Academy’s director of arts programming and the show’s director.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Maurer’s first time directing the show. “Despite its 1942 setting, it is a play that resonates with anyone familiar with the ups and downs of family life,” he says. “It’s full of humor and heart, a fitting choice for Family Weekend.”
Lost In Yonkers won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The story is part comedy, part memory play, part coming-of-age tale. It focuses on a unique family situation where two brothers are left in the care of their strict, immigrant grandmother.
Behind the scenes, Jessica Doubell, Mercersburg’s events and technical support director, was aided by students Elliot Cole ’24 (stage manager), Joe Zimmerman ’22 (light board operator), Bridge MacPhaille ’24 (sound board operator), and Sarah Ali ’25 (prop master). Crystal Chiu ’25, Indira Moshi ’24, and Alaina Leasure ’22 comprise the tech crew, with Aine Taylor ’25 and Serena Zhang ’22 working on the costumes.
Tony Huang ’24 as Jay Kurnitz
Schuyler Waters ’23 as Arty Kurnitz
Sasha Horokh ’25 as Eddie Kurnitz
Emma Shuford ’22 as Bella Kurnitz
Talia Cutler ’23 as Grandma Kurnitz
Ryan Casey ’23 as Louie Kurnitz
Dorothy Skuba Gray ’23 as Gert Kurnitz
The next Stony Batter Players performance to take the stage will be Little Shop of Horrors in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Hale Studio Theatre. Shows will be held Thursday, October 28, and Friday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, October 30, at 3 p.m.—plus a special midnight showing later that evening at 11:59 p.m.
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