BLT opens up their production season with Lost in Yonkers Thursday evening

Published 8:05 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This is the story of two teenage boys sent to live with their stern German grandmother and other eccentric family members in New York.  After their mother dies the father has to travel to pay off the medical bills. Set in 1942, during the war, it is sure to be a heartwarming tale. The play is written by Neil Simon and is under the direction of veteran actor and director, Martha Mobley, one of the original theatre organizers.

The elder of the two boys, Jay, is played by Edward Moorhead, while the younger boy, Arty, is portrayed by Cooper Genovar. Both of these boys are products of the summer Class Act workshops.

Shanell Schuyler takes on the role of the straight talking Grandmother, complete with a German accent. She lives in an apartment over the candy store she owns. Richard Whitehead is the father who reluctantly has to leave the boys with his mother.

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Uncle Louie, (Eric Gay) is a gangster type character who comes to live there to hide from the local mob. Other household members are Bella, (Megan Wimberley), a 35-year-old aunt who is mentally challenged, but loving of her nephews; and Gert, (Krysti Ramer) another aunt who has her own nervous issues as a result of suffering through traumatic incidences instilled by Grandmother. 

This is actually the second time BLT has presented this play. The first time was in 1996, when it was directed by Thadeus Nifong, who also played the father.

Mobley describes it as “a thoughtful play with some subtle comedy,” and one she has loved directing.

Opening night is Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a wine and cheese reception held in the Ruth Langston Memorial Garden behind the theatre following that production. Theatre-goers will have a chance to mingle with friends and discuss the play with the cast members.

The show runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and concludes Sunday, September 24, with a 2:30 matinee.

Reserve tickets by calling 229-246-8345, or by visiting the website:, or email:

The ticket office opens 30 minutes before curtain time.