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CHARLESTON -- The coming-of-age comedy "Brighton Beach Memoirs" will be presented by Eastern Illinois University’s theater department beginning Wednesday and continuing through April 22.

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" is a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon, which is the first chapter of what is known as the Eugene trilogy. EIU’s production is being directed by J. Kevin Doolen and presented in the theater. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each day except the final performance, which will be a 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon matinee.

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" is a portrait of the prolific writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. The character Eugene Simon, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn. This bittersweet memoir captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states, “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

The EIU production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The production is intended for adult audiences.

Tickets for "Brighton Beach Memoirs" are $13 for general admission, $11 for seniors (62+), $5 for students and can be purchased online at www.eiu.edu/doudna or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the scheduled performance.

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is located at 1860 South Seventh St. in Charleston on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Free parking is located near the fine arts center. To arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services at 217-581-3110 or doudnatix@eiu.edu.

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