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Lost in Yonkers - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Lost in Yonkers

Neil Simon

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573693366

Winner! 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! Best Play - 1991 Tony® Award

"The best play Simon ever wrote." - New York Post "Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has gi…

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - Yonkers, New York. August 1942. The apartment just about "Kurnitz's Kandy Store."


Interior Set

Period Costumes


Appropriate for all audiences


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage


Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway

Winner! 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! Best Play - 1991 Tony® Award
By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances. 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 young 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, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.
"The best play Simon ever wrote." - New York Post

"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three." - Wall Street Journal

"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays." - New York Daily News

"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter for Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a yuk but implodes straight into your heart." -Newsweek

Lost in Yonkers was first presented by Emanuel Azenberg at The Center for the Performing Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on December 31, 1990. This production subsequently moved to Broadway, opening at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York


4m, 3f


Features Teens, Roles for Children, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


N/A (Not a musical)

JAY - 16
ARTY - 13 1/2
EDDIE - their father, 41
BELLA - mid-thirties, neat and sweet and pretty
GRANDMA KURNITZ - Eddie and Bella's mother, a big woman, buxom, with a strong and erect body, 70 odd years of age
LOUIE - her other son, 36, doesn't look like he'd be the hugging type
AUNT GERT - mid-to-late thirties, another of Grandma Kurnitz's children
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Neil Simon

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition toLost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last ... view full profile

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Nelia Sue Neal 6/6/2014 3:36 PM
This was a touching story about families and survival. I was truly touched by this story.
Rachel Lucas 4/22/2013 7:37 PM
For some young boys the prospect of having to live with their grandmother would be a nightmare. At first for Jay and Arty living with their strict German grandmother in Yonkers is just that. After their father is forced to leave them to become a traveling salesman for a few months the boys grown up under the watchful eye of Grandma Kurnitz, who has lived quite a challenging life as a refugee. The family antics ensue as the boys grow up in the company of their gangster uncle, their nervous wheezing aunt and their Aunt Bella, a sweet woman who hasn’t seemed to mentally mature in the proper way.  Bella dreams of marrying but is kept close to her mother to help her with her ailments. The boys mature and challenge their family members over the year they are left to live with them in a story that is often funny but also shows us the importance of family.

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