Brighton Beach Memoirs

By: Neil Simon l Directed by: Scott Phelps

When: April 22nd thru May 24th

Where: 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Run time: 1 hours 50 minutes

About: Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."

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Scott Phelps, Director

Scott is in his 16th year as the Artistic Director at Citadel. He has acted, directed and produced scores of Citadel productions over the last decade & a half since founding this award winning-north shore theatre in 2002.

Responsibilities include selecting the season, hiring production staff, casting mainstage talent for the 4-5 shows, along with maintaining the artistic integrity of the education training program and our new Theatre For Young Audience programming. There is additional programming in the summer with an outdoor Shakespeare/classic selection that travels to several Lake County locations, readings, play contests, and working with local senior centers, retirement homes, military and underserved communities to bring the performing arts to ALL who reside in Lake County.

He has acted/directed in NYC, and in his home state of California, trained as an actor at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, received his BFA from the University of Utah, and did an apprenticeship at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in KY before moving to NYC and getting his equity card at Circle Repertory.

For 18 years Scott worked for a promotional company in Racine WI as the mid-west regional sales manager, responsible for $50 million in sales, and raised his 3 daughters and his son in Lake Forest. The next chapter of his life involves taking on the role of Grandparent. He has four beautiful grandchildren.