Monday, February 24, 2014

In the Wings: Lost in Yonkers. Meet Lee Sullivan.

Lee Sullivan plays Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers, the fourth show in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Neil Simon wrote the script.

Question: Who is Grandma Kurnitz?
Lee Sullivan: She is a German-Jewish woman who grew up in Germany. She moved to the United States, to the Bronx, after she was married and had six children. She and her husband established a candy shop and soda fountain. After he died, she continued to keep it up. She is kind of a mean old lady. She was raised to be tough and she expects her children to be tough and take care of themselves.

Q: What is fun about playing her?
L.S.: In Still Kicking, I played myself. In Lost in Yonkers, I feel I have to stretch a bit to be as mean as Grandma Kurnitz.

Q: What is your earliest memory of spending an extended period of time away from your parents?
L.S.: When I was fourteen, between my 8th grade graduation and first year of high school, I left home to live with a family that needed a babysitter. I didn't like it. The kids were difficult, and I'm afraid I could have turned into Grandma Kurnitz for them.

Lost in Yonkers runs Friday, February 28 through Saturday, March 15 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Call 765-423-7529 or visit to learn about ticket availability or to purchase tickets in advance. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter twenty minutes before each performance to learn about Rush ticket availability for students with valid college or high school IDs.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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