Village Players Of Brandon To Perform Neil Simon’s Hit Brighton Beach Memoirs

By Kathy L. Collins

The Village Players of Brandon will perform Neil Simon’s smash hit Brighton Beach Memoirs beginning on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. at the James McCabe Theater located at 506 N. 5th St. in Valrico.

Other performances will be held on Thursday, May 23 and 30, Friday, May 24 and 31, Saturday, May 18 and 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m. On Sunday, May 26, there will be a 3 p.m. matinee. Thursdays were added to accommodate busy residents who might not otherwise be able to attend the theatre on the weekends. In addition, Thursday night will feature “Free Popcorn Night,” a free bag of popcorn with the purchase of a drink.

Tickets are $14 and $12 for senior citizens, students and military personnel with ID. The Village Players of Brandon is offering a group discount for parties of 12 or more, the tickets are $10 each

Brighton Beach Memoirs is a dramatic comedy set in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York in September of 1937. This play is a part of Neil Simon’s autobiographical triology. Here, we meet the writer as a young teen in 1937. The character, Eugene Jerome, plays the young Neil Simon and is the narrator. Eugene dreams of baseball and girls. The story portrays how he copes with his mundane existence as he grows up Jewish in Brooklyn in 1937.

Gail Pierce, Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Village Players of Brandon said, “As one of Neil Simon’s most successful comedies, this show promises to send the audience home in laughter!”

“Director, Oliver Sprague,  has taken a great deal of time to develop and bring to life not only the play but each and every character.” Pierce added, “The two-story set, designed by the director and built by veteran Set Designer, Paul Palmer, offers a stunning vision of the stage.”

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