Lost in Yonkers
written by Neil Simon
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Lost in Yonkers
A two-bedroom apartment over Kurnitz’s Kandy Store
Yonkers, New York 1942
Scene 1: 6:30pm on a hot Sunday evening in August
Scene 2: 11:00pm, a week later
Scene 3: 4:00pm, Sunday afternoon, a month later
Scene 4: Midnight, a week later
Scene 1: 3:00pm, a few days later
Scene 2: After dinner, that same day
Scene 3: Noon, Sunday, three days later
Scene 4: Late morning, eight months later
Jay – Alan Jaenz
Arty – Max Posilero
Eddie – Scot Aaron Cooley
Bella – Maggie Verner
Grandma – Pam Burkhalter
Louie – Tim Hinojosa
Gert – Moira Glennon
Director – Jim Crisp
AD/Stage Manager – Luke Harrington
Technical Director – JP Haynie
Sound Board – Holly Jaenz, Nestor Jaenz
Light Board – Luke Harrington
Scenic and Lighting Design – JP Haynie
Costume coordinator: Maggie Verner
Sound Design: Tim Hinojosa
Special Thanks: Shelley Kuhen/Theatre Macon, Sylvia Haynie, Laura Voss, Suzanne Doonan, Tim Hinojosa, Maggie Verner, Melissa and Mark Posilero, Country Club Package
Note from the Director
Under the heading of “Life is Full Of Surprises “ , I have returned to where I started 40 years ago. Forty years ago right now, here, at MLT, we were in rehearsals for “The Pleasure Of His Company”, the fifth show in the season celebrating fifty years of Macon Little Theater. I can not emphasize enough that I would not be here if it were not for JP Haynie’s vision, leadership, and talent. Can you imagine how proud of him I am, having known him since his birth, watching him grow up on my stage, and witnessing his progress through life?
Being here feels good, it feels right, and it feels healing. I have come full circle, but it is not an ending, it is a beginning. I sometimes feel as though I am living in a Neil Simon comedy; it’s not always easy or funny, but in the end, there is growth, change, and joy. We lost Neil Simon and his great, joyful, comic voice in August of 2018. I hope that you enjoy tonight’s performance of his greatest play, his final statement on this rich comedy we call life. For it is a story we have all lived - family, hardships, change, love, and, in the end, joy.
Meet the Cast
PAM BURKHALTER (Grandma) – An educator for forty years, Pam has also been a part of the theatre community in Middle Georgia since the early 90s. She has appeared in “Steel Magnolias,” “Calendar Girls,” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” Pam is excited and honored to be part of this production with this director and this cast.
Scot Aaron Cooley
Scot Aaron Cooley (Eddie), who hails from Terre Haute, Indiana, has lived in the Middle Georgia region for more than 25 years and has performed at the Multiple Theatre in the area. He spends a lot of time with his 9-year-old son, Logan. Owner of Aaron Scot Studios, a cutting-edge photo studio and contemporary hair salon on Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia. Scot is extremely appreciative to be working with Jim Crisp once more.
Moira Glennon (Gert) is a graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana and has been performing since she was 8 years old. She has been in over 35 productions with the most recent being the Roommate at Theatre Macon. Moira is delighted to be working with Jim Crisp, who was her very first director, and a wonderful cast.
Tim Hinojosa (Louie) was last seen as Gaston in Macon Little Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast. Previous credits include Urinetown (Cladwell) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus) at Westminster College; The Last Five Years (Jamie) at the Birdhouse Theatre; COMPANY! (Bobby) and Avenue Q (Princeton) under Jim Crisp at Theatre Macon; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin) at Macon Little Theatre; Something Rotten (Nick Bottom), and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Monty Navarro). It has been over a decade since Tim has performed in a straight play, but he couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with the incomparable Jim Crisp. “Thank you to Jim for the opportunity to work alongside such a talented cast and for the trust in tackling this material. To my family and dearest friends, where would I be without you? ‘The one place in the world you’re safe, is with your family…’”
Alan Jaenz (Jay), currently in his senior year at Houston County High School, is happy to be returning for his 6th mainstage production in a row here at Macon Little Theatre. He can't wait to show off all the hard work he and his fellow classmates have put into this production and hopes that you enjoy the show.
MAX POSILERO (Arty) IS actually 12 1/2 years old. Max has previously played the roles of Jojo in “Seussical the Musical”, Nipper in “Oliver Jr.” and will play Roger in “101 Dalmatians”. He’s so excited to be working with this production’s incredible director & cast for his first show at MLT!
Maggie Verner (Bella) is delighted to be returning to the stage after a 5 year hiatus. She is the proud mother of 2 beautiful boys and an avid DIYer. Despite declaring herself “retired” from theater, she simply couldn’t resist a chance to work with such an extraordinary cast. She’d like to thank Jim for taking a chance on her, and for his years of guidance and encouragement. She’d like to thank the cast and crew for their incredible work ethic, friendship and enthusiasm, and she’d like to thank Everett for, well, everything.
Jim Crisp (Director) came to Macon 40 years ago to be the Artistic Director of MLT during its 50th season. A graduate of the Asolo /FSU conservatory, and a veteran of professional theatre, TV, and Film in NYC and LA, he is happy to have made his home in Macon. In January of ‘86 Jim and MLT parted company, in February of ‘86 Theater Macon was born. After 37 years, Jim has come full circle to where he began his Macon career. He has taught adjunct at both Wesleyan and Mercer, directed over 300 productions, has been a part of the production team for the Macon Civic Club for 34 years, and is an active community promoter and builder. He is the recipient of both the Macon Arts Alliance lifetime Achievement Award, and the Governor’s Award in Arts and Humanities. He is enormously proud of his “theater son”, JP HAYNIE, and wants to remind him that a long time ago, Jim changed his diapers!
He has never appeared on an episode of Law and Order. He dedicates this performance to his life partner, Roben Weitz.
JP Haynie (Artistic Director) is incredibly proud of the entire 2022/2023 season of shows, and honored to serve as the Artistic Director for Macon Little Theatre. After 10 years of working as an actor in New York, JP returned to Macon in 2019 and has helmed productions here at MLT. He is proudest of the addition of our new MLT After Dark series, and the efforts to reach new audiences and tell a more diverse range of stories. He would like to thank his wife Ashlee and his daughter Lumi for their support and understanding with the late hours and long days of work.