USI Theater Students put on “Brighton Beach Memoirs” 


Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

USI continues its theater season with “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, a comedy play written by Neil Simon and directed by Elliot Wasserman. The play is a coming-of-age story about the main character, Eugene, a Polish-American Jewish teenage boy who is adjusting to life after the death of his father and extended family moving in. Simon modeled Eugene after himself in the semi-autobiographical story. 

This play is USI’s annual Repertory Project which works under a contract with the Actor’s Equity Association, a professional union of actors and stage managers. The play will feature two professional actors, Laurie Dawn and Buzz Roddy and union stage manager Margret Kayes. 

The play will run from Feb. 13-16. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13-15 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 16. Tickets are $2 for students, $10 for employees and seniors, and $12 for adults. Student IDs are required to purchase a ticket. Tickets can be purchased by going to or calling the box office at 812-465-1635.