Omar Almakki plays Jay 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 Jay?
Omar Almakki: Jay is the more serious of the two brothers. He's very educated, very smart and serious, but he's not above joking at times.
Q: What is fun about playing him?
O.A.: The most fun is when Jay gets a one-liner, which normally go to Arty. That's a lot of fun. Also, Jay gives Arty a lot of dirty looks during the play when Arty is joking during a very serious situation.
Q: What is your earliest memory of spending an extended period of time away from your parents?
O.A.: My parents had to go away for a month for the Hajj, an Islamic pilgrimage. I spent time with my brother and my aunt at our house. There was nothing really memorable about it, it was pretty much the same as usual.
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 http://lafayettecivic.tix.com 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.
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