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Ascension’s Fall Play: Lost in Yonkers

Ben Tyrrell, Staff Writer

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It is time once again for Ascension to put on their fall play, and the cast is getting pumped!

The play, Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon, tells the story of two brother, Jay and Arty Kurnitz, who must live with their seemingly cold-hearted grandmother, and mentally challenged Aunt, while their father searches for work after the death of their mother. This coming of age dramatic comedy will make you awkwardly laugh and cry… sometimes at the same time. When asked how the show was coming along, John Verzwyvelt remarked “The cast is just as depressing as the show” when he quickly said thereafter, “that was just a joke!” John plays the role of Louie, Jay and Arty’s gangster uncle.

Throughout the show, lessons of love, responsibility, and the importance of family are recurring themes.  This could not be more fitting because this theatre family has learned the same lessons during their years working together! What’s really amazing about this show is the bond that the cast shares.  Jillian Verzwyvelt said that “These people I perform with have become closer than my actual family”. They have worked in so many shows together and know each other so well that they just know how to pull it all off in the end.  This show is also the last time the seniors will be performing a straight play in high school.

Come see these extremely talented students perform Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers at the local black box theatre, The Hive (formerly Theatre 810), from November 9th through the 11th at 7pm and on the 12th for a matinee at 2pm.

Presenting, the Kurnitz family:

Dawson Broussard – Eddie

Parker Courville – Arty

Caroline Frentz – Bella

Ben Tyrrell – Jay

Jillian Verzwyvelt – Grandma

John Verzwyvelt – Louie

Alyssa Wilson – Gertrude

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  1. MrG on November 17th, 2017 11:33 am

    I thought I would share a handful of images I was lucky enough to capture just-prior to the final Yonkers performance…here they are: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hBZuw3DzbQivffM1LgTRvoaGsUcB1CLu

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