From left, Robyn Allen as Bella, Ron Bowen as Eddie, Asa Dougherty as Arty, Duncan Calhoun as Jay and Louise von Schill as Grandma during a dress rehearsal at the Prescott Center for the Arts on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018.
Originally published January 26, 2018 at 06:00a.m.
Updated January 29, 2018 at 06:54a.m.
Though he hasn’t seen all of Neil Simon’s plays, Prescott Center for the Arts’ Jim Pyduck said of the ones he has seen, “Lost in Yonkers” is a particular favorite.
“He’s put so much meat on the bone for me,” Pyduck said of Simon. “It’s about family, and it’s about this guy going back to his family with his kids who he raised a different way. He raised the kids with love and caring and acceptance … We see the difference in the way they were brought up and the way he was brought up.”
Pyduck is the director for the PCA’s production of Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” which begins its run Thursday, Jan. 25 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 4 on the main stage. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 1-3, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, and Sunday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4.
The plot centers on the father (played by Ron Bowen) going back to his mother’s home with his kids to ask if they can stay there while he tries to work, Pyduck said. The show is all about family, which is something everyone can relate to, he said.
“Whether, oh my family wasn’t like that, oh my family was like that, oh my family was worse than that,” Pyduck said. “We can all relate to little pieces of it.”
Tickets — $22 for adults and $17 for youth for the 7:30 p.m. shows and $18 for adults and $13 for youth for the matinees — are available online at www.pca-az.net or at the door.
One of the actors in the play is Robyn Allen, PCA executive director and Pyduck said directing the boss has been going well. When he gives her direction, she sees it but every once in a while, she can’t help but put her producer coat on and give her opinion, Pyduck said.
Two boys (Duncan Calhoun and Asa Dougherty). play the father’s sons They’re good, but not that experienced, Pyduck said, noting that he had rehearsals with the boys and the actor who plays their uncle (Jonathon Perpich) for one rehearsal and Bowen for another. Those rehearsals were spent with the boys getting the timing and internal things down, Pyduck said.
The technical aspect of the play has been difficult, Pyduck said, mentioning, in specific, a scene in which the dad is sending his sons letters.
“In the script it says voiceover, and I just hate voiceovers when I see a play,” he said. Instead he has Bowen stand on a cube right off stage and “right before he talks, we have the sound of a train and a special (light) comes on him, and he’s writing letters to the boys.”
The Prescott Center for the Arts is at 208 N. Marina St. For more information, call 928-445-3286.