posted July 10, 2007

HSRT Presents "Lost in Yonkers"

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre continues its 36th season with the play "Lost in Yonkers" by Neil Simon, opening Friday, July 20 on DeWitt's main stage theatre.

"Lost in Yonkers" is a play rich with humor and sensitivity, about two brothers, Jay and Artie, who are learning to adapt to whatever life has to throw at them. After their panicked and widowed father leaves them at the home of their domineering grandmother and peculiar aunt to pursue work, the two boys are doomed to live a very strict lifestyle until their amateur gangster uncle appears to stir things up a bit.

In 1991 Neil Simon received a Tony Award for "Lost in Yonkers" for Best Play, and is still said to be Simon's best by numerous critics and audiences.

Acting intern Nick Abeel plays Jay alongside Casey Drnek as Arty. This is Nick Abeel's first year with HSRT and is currently pursuing a BRA in theatre performance at the University of Evansville, Indiana. Hailing from Hamilton, MI, sixteen year old Casey Drnek joins HSRT this season as a special guest of the company and has been acting since the 4th grade.

The show continues with performances at 8 p.m. on July 20, 21, 28, 31; August 8, 10.

To purchase tickets, please stop by the ticket office at DeVos Fieldhouse located at 222 Fairbanks Ave. between Ninth and 11th streets. Hours are Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased from the ticket office located in the DeWittCenter, on the HopeCollege campus, at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. Hours are Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 616-395-7890 and range in price from $17 - $26 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please visit

While at the ticket office make reservations to see HSRT's other shows: "Godspell," "Junie B. Jones: And a Little Monkey Business," "The Hypochondriac," "She Loves Me," and "Go, Dog. Go!" because tickets are going fast!