At the official opening of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers at Steel River Playhouse this Friday, stars will align. Limerick native Lisa Waltz, a member of Steel River’s Board of Directors, and her family’s Limerick-based Waltz Golf Farm and Turtle Creek Golf Course, are sponsoring the New York-deli-style Opening Night Reception.
Lisa’s busy schedule as an stage, film and television actor keeps her from attending. However, Lost in Yonkers Director, and Lisa’s Broadway co-star and friend, Brian Drillinger, will be signing autographs at the Reception and all four performances this weekend. Performances start with the Thursday, March 7, 7:30PM preview.
Lisa and Brian were on Broadway together in Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, and again joined forces for the National Tour, and the feature film version. In fact, it was Lisa who first introduced Brian, her LA neighbor, to Steel River Playhouse to direct Almost, Maine. By the way, 30 lucky audience members will win free passes to miniature golf or Steel River T-shirts. Lost in Yonkers will be performed Thursdays through Sundays from March 7-24. More information and tickets at http://www.steelriver.org or call 610.970-1199.
Steel River is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Visit http://www.steelriver.org or call 610.970.1199.
Lost in Yonkers will be performed Thursdays through Sundays from March 7-24
- Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 at 7:30PM
- Fridays, March 8, 15, 22 at 8:00PM
- Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23 at 8:00PM
- Sundays, March 10, 17, 24 at 3:00PM
- Thursdays – $20-$15
- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – $23-$17
- Groups of 10 or more – $3 off per ticket
- Buy online or at box office – same price
Friday, March 7th – Opening Night Reception with the cast and crew!
Sunday, March 10 – Talkback with the cast and crew – an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and discuss the play.
About Brian Drillinger, Director
Brian played “Stan” in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs on Broadway, in the feature film, and in the National Tour, and in the National Tour of Broadway Bound. He originated the role of Jason Posner in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit at South Coast Repertory (also Seattle Repertory and the Alley Theatre in Houston), among many other regional lead acting credits. Television credits include: The Agency, Wings, Life Goes On, Reasonable Doubts, and General Hospital. Brian starred opposite Sally Kirkland in the indie feature Starry Night, and Janeane Garofalo in I Shot a Man in Vegas.
Brian co-wrote, produced and stars in the feature film version of How to Go Out on a Date in Queens, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the LA Indie Awards 2006. The film also stars Jason Alexander, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes, Ron Perlman and Esai Morales. Recently, he produced and stars in Hello Herman, which premiered at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival.
Brian is a founder and the Creative Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA, home of the Acting Studio at Edgemar (formerly the Larry Moss Studio). He teaches classes in scene study, cold reading, voice, on-camera, voice, and accent reduction. As a visiting artist he has taught classes in voice and scene study in Melbourne, AU and for Steel River. Judy Kerr lists him as a “Recommended Acting Coach” in the industry guidebook, Acting Is Everything.
He directed the first Edgemar benefit event that was hosted by Jason Alexander and included Hilary Swank, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sally Kellerman, Chad Lowe and many others. Also at Edgemar, Brian directed The House of Yes, Chip Chop and It Must be Him. Other directing credits include Almost, Maine for the Steel River Playhouse in PA and at the Gasworks Theatre in Melbourne, AU, and The Dreamer Examines his Pillow at The Complex in Los Angeles, CA.
About Steel River Playhouse
Formerly Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), Steel River Playhouse, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable education and performance facility that is a key component of the revitalization of downtown Historic Pottstown. Steel River seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences. Each year, Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from throughout the region. It offers performance opportunities through open auditions; theater technical training; acting, voice, and instrumental lessons; classes and workshops for all ages; summer camp programs; and educational outreach including scholarships, artists in the classroom, traveling children’s shows, study guides, and other audience engagement initiatives. For further information, visit http://www.steelriver.org, or call 610-970-1199.