Brighton Beach Memoirs

By Neil Simon
Directed by Jim Snyder

April 3–19, 2020

Valley Center Stage

From Neil Simon, one of comedy's masters, comes the delightful coming-of-age story BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS.

Fifteen year-old Eugene Morris Jerome is a Jewish-American teenager in the throes of puberty, preoccupied with sex and obsessed with the Yankees. Growing up in 1937 Brooklyn, he dreams of baseball, girls, and wanting to become a successful comedy writer while dealing with the conflicts of his constantly squabbling family.

"How am I going to become a writer if I don't know how to suffer? Actually, I'd give up writing if I could see a naked girl while I was eating ice cream."

The story-line is fluid, funny and unpredictable as it journeys through daily activities interspersed with real life worries. It introduces each character with witty bantering back and forth and family chaos. One thing after another builds up to create a muddled mess. In the end, the problems both personal and national are accepted and the family is wiser and drawn closer for having suffered through them.

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” - Yogi Berra, NY Yankee

“…Onward and upwards!” - Eugene Morris Jerome

Directed by VCS’ former Artistic Director, Jim Snyder, who loves to bring bittersweet stories to life through live theater. Recent directing credits include The Seafarer, Irma Vep, Superior Donuts, Steel Magnolias and Over the River and Through the Woods.  Jim recently returned to the stage as Oberon in last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


"Brings a fresh glow to Broadway... In many respects his funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays."  – New York Daily News

"Brighton Beach Memoirs” belongs to the family genre where the passwords are forgive and remember." The New York Post called it, "effortlessly his best play." – Time critic T.E. Kalem

"There’s no romanticized gloss on the view of family life; the bonds are intense and unbreakable, yet they come through with all the wrinkles of real life." – Variety, Read More

"Hilarious comedy... His finest play... A delightful and enriching experience." – CBS-TV

Tickets prices:

  • General: $18.00
  • Senior/Student: $14.00 (senior tickets are available to people ages 65 and older)
  • Pay-What-You-Will: Thursday performances only; $10.00 suggested minimum where every dollar helps us continue to provide quality productions.