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Students perform "Lost in Yonkers" at Concordia

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Concordia students Alison Caudle and Andrew Crist rehearse for their performance in “Lost in Yonkers” at Concordia in mid-November.
Concordia students Alison Caudle and Andrew Crist rehearse for their performance in “Lost in Yonkers” at Concordia in mid-November.

Concordia will be presenting “Lost in Yonkers,” a dynamic play about family matters, on Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in Weller Auditorium on campus.

“The rehearsals have been a delicate balance of learning how to bring out verbal and physical humor amidst such serious topics surrounding the family,” says Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Bryan Moore. “The actors are tackling this challenging script and their characters with maturity and focus, and I am excited to see them continue this process toward a solid production.”

The play tells the story of the Kurnitz family, including two teenage boys who are forced to live with their stern grandmother, a few crazy aunts and a gangster uncle as a result of their father leaving them for a job to pay off debt. It was written by Neil Simon and won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1991.

Tickets are $4 for Concordia faculty, staff and students and $8 for general admission.

Students on the cast and crew (alphabetical by state, city, last name):

  • Joseph Pierson, junior, Van Buren, Ark., helping with the scenery
  • Allison Caudle, junior, Greeley, Colo., playing the role of Bella and helping with lighting
  • Kaleb Busche, post-baccalaureate, Fort Wayne, Ind., playing the role of Jay and helping with costumes
  • Emily Fehn, sophomore, Freeland, Mich., serving as the stage manager
  • Mark Esser, sophomore, Mayer, Minn., playing the role of Arty
  • Libby Klein, junior, Northfield, Minn., serving as the assistant stage manager
  • Emily Kollbaum, junior, Concordia, Mo., playing the role of Grandma           
  • Meghan Woodruff, sophomore, High Ridge, Mo., helping with the costumes
  • Erin Rowland, freshman, Saint Peters, Mo., helping with the costumes
  • Andrew Crist, junior, Springfield, Mo., playing the role of Eddie                   
  • Lindsey LaMountain, junior, Gretna, Neb., playing the role of Gert
  • Tyler Raabe, sophomore, Omaha, Neb., playing the role of Louie
  • Chris Genszler, sophomore, St. Louis, Mo., helping with scenery

Additional contributors to “Lost in Yonkers”:

  • Bryan Moore, associate professor of theatre and communication at Concordia, director of play 
  • Alexa Kirchgasler, staff member assisting with costume design
  • Robert Olson, staff member assisting with set design