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Montana Repertory Theatre to Present
Neil Simon's 'Lost in Yonkers' at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 26, 2007

scene from Lost in YonkersEAU CLAIRE — Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" will be presented by the Montana Repertory Theatre Monday, March 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two young brothers growing up during World War II will be performed as part of the Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

Set above a candy store in 1940s New York, "Lost in Yonkers" is a heartfelt tale about family what holds them together, and what pulls them apart. Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Lost in Yonkers" is Neil Simon at his best, riding the line between comedy and drama.

When young Jay and Arty's father has to go on a prolonged business trip, he leaves his sons with their strict German grandmother, a cold, stern woman who lives above the candy store she owns in Yonkers, New York. Also living in the house is Bella, the boys' childlike aunt who wants nothing more than to have someone to love, and Uncle Louie, a small-time mobster who teaches his nephews a few unconventional lessons about life. While awaiting the return of their father, the boys wrestle to contain their fiery wit as they find themselves nose to nose with a family as sweet and as brittle as the candy they peddle downstairs.

Neil Simon is the world's most successful playwright. His work spans half a century, has been translated into dozens of languages, and is highlighted by more Academy Award and Tony nominations than that of any other writer.

Montana Repertory Theatre presents "Lost in Yonkers" as part of its continued mission of bringing to life the great stories of America stories that explore the core of a nation's experience and help to uncover the heart of the American character. Established in 1977, the Montana Repertory Theatre is the professional theater-in-residence at the University of Montana-Missoula and one of the most respected professional touring companies in the country today. The company assembles principal actors, directors and designers with prestigious credits, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours of Broadway shows and major regional theater credits. Montana Rep last appeared on the Artists Series in 2002, with its production of "Death of a Salesman."

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center, and also will be sold at the door.

A dessert reception and discussion hosted by Dr. Blake Westerlund of the UW-Eau Claire department of English will precede the performance. Tortes and cheesecakes, coffees and teas will complement the discussion, which will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Foster Gallery. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door.

Patrons may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O'Lakes Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

The Artists Series is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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