Sara Daly Brosman plays Gert 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: Why did you audition for Lost in Yonkers?
Sara Daly Brosman: I love this play. I have done plays in Delphi with the public library for the last 17 or 18 years. We were hoping to do the play this summer, but since Civic Theatre is going it, we decided not to. I was in Lafayette one day and I knew auditions were that evening, so I thought, "What the heck, I'll go ahead and audition." I like Neil Simon's plays, especially this one because it's really clever, well written and I love the dynamics of the family.
Question: Who is Gert?
S.D.B.: Gert is Bella's older sister. She is damaged by her childhood, as are the other characters in the cast. She has a problem with her speech as a result of being a little intimidated by her mother growing up. I see Gert as being fearful of being in the presence of Grandma. She hasn't quite outgrown that.
Q: What is fun about playing her?
S.D.B.: What has been challenging is working on a Yonkers accent, but also the distinct speech impediment that Gert has. I can take certain liberties with her because she is over-the-top; you have to love her and you have to accept her for all of her flaws, including her inability to communicate very easily.
Q: What is your earliest memory of spending an extended period of time away from your parents?
S.D.B.: I come from a large family. There were nine of us, so going on family vacations in one vehicle was not very doable. One family vacation there was no room for my sister Chris and I in the family station wagon. We were farmed out to our Aunt Clara's house, but that was not a bad thing. She was an older aunt, and her children were raised, and she treated us really, really well. It wasn't a bad experience at all. In fact, I felt kind of pampered.
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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