BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Neil Simon NEIL SIMON v

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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Neil Simon

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Neil Simon

NEIL SIMON v Born July 4 th, 1927 (he’ll be 80 this year) •

NEIL SIMON v Born July 4 th, 1927 (he’ll be 80 this year) • Bronx, NY • After serving in the Army during WWII, his older brother encouraged him to pursue a career in writing • With is brother, Danny, as his writing partner, he first wrote comedy for television for Warner Bros. • 1960, he begins writing plays • Barefoot in the Park—first big success—ran on Broadway for 4 years • The Odd Couple—first Tony Award • Characteristics of Simon’s shows • characters who struggled to handle their feelings in difficult situations and who released tension with humor • mixing of honesty and humor • Semiautobiographical • Awards and Honors • 2 Emmy Awards, 4 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize, Mark Twain Prize for Humor

EXPOSITION v Setting? • Time/Year • 1937—What was going on in the US in

EXPOSITION v Setting? • Time/Year • 1937—What was going on in the US in 1937 that affects the Jerome family? What was going on in the world that MIGHT affect the Jerome family? • Great Depression • World War II is looming (starts in 1939) • Place? • The Jerome/Morton home in Brighton Beach, NYC • What is this neighborhood like? What kinds of people live there? • Lower middle class • Immigrants—Russian Jews, Irish, German, Italian

EXPOSITION v Mood: from the opening scenes, what is the sound and feel of

EXPOSITION v Mood: from the opening scenes, what is the sound and feel of the play? • • Nostalgic Loving Playful Sarcastic

EXPOSITION v Background information to understand characters and relationships? • They are a Jewish

EXPOSITION v Background information to understand characters and relationships? • They are a Jewish family • Kate is a bit xenophobic • Kate and Blanche are sisters • Blanche’s husband, Dave, is dead • Eugene wants to be a writer, a baseball player, but most of all, he’d like to see a naked girl (he’s 14 ½ ) • Looks up to his older brother, Stanley

EXPOSITION v Stanley confides to Eugene that he might lose his job • Stanley

EXPOSITION v Stanley confides to Eugene that he might lose his job • Stanley stood up for a fellow worker—seems to be a good guy v Blanche has two daughters • Laurie (13) has a heart murmur—babied by all • Nora (16) wants to be a Broadway dancer • Asks her mother to decide if she could go on an audition • Blanche won’t make decisions without a man’s advice

EXPOSITION v. Jack Jerome (42) • Has been working two jobs to support two

EXPOSITION v. Jack Jerome (42) • Has been working two jobs to support two families

INCITING INCIDENT v WHAT IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF CONFLICT OR WORRY FOR THIS

INCITING INCIDENT v WHAT IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF CONFLICT OR WORRY FOR THIS FAMILY? • MONEY v WHAT EVENT ADDS THE MOST TO THIS CONFLICT? • JACK LOST HIS SECOND JOB SELLING PARTY FAVORS

RISING ACTION v FOR EUGENE • HE’S GOING THRU PUBERTY AND MIGHT BE IN

RISING ACTION v FOR EUGENE • HE’S GOING THRU PUBERTY AND MIGHT BE IN LOVE WITH NORA v FOR STANLEY • HE NEEDS POP’S ADVICE ABOUT APOLOGY LETTER • HE HAS TO DECIDE IF HE’LL ASK BOSS FOR A RAISE v FOR NORA • SHE NEEDS UNCLE JACK’S ADVICE ABOUT AUDITION

RISING ACTION v FOR KATE • SHE IS WORRIED ABOUT JACK’S HEALTH AND HOW

RISING ACTION v FOR KATE • SHE IS WORRIED ABOUT JACK’S HEALTH AND HOW THEY’LL MAKE ENDS MEET • SHE’S WORRIED ABOUT BLANCHE REMARRYING v FOR BLANCHE • SHE’S HAD ANOTHER ASTHMA ATTACK BUT WON’T CALL THE DOCTOR BECAUSE SHE HAS NO MONEY

RISING ACTION CON’T v. For Blanche: • She has a date with Mr. Murphy

RISING ACTION CON’T v. For Blanche: • She has a date with Mr. Murphy • She tells Nora “no” to audition v. For Stanley: • He decides to write the letter

RISING ACTION (ACT 2) v. Jack: • has had a heart attack and is

RISING ACTION (ACT 2) v. Jack: • has had a heart attack and is off work for three weeks v. Eugene: • Doesn’t like Nora anymore v. Stanley: • Gambled and lost his salary • Fights with Eugene

RISING ACTION (ACT 2) v For Nora • Leaves for date with Larry (cemetery)

RISING ACTION (ACT 2) v For Nora • Leaves for date with Larry (cemetery) without seeing her mom v For Kate: • Stanley tells her he lost his salary v For Blanche • No date: Mr. Murphy car accident/DUI

RISING ACTION(ACT 2) v. For Blanche and Kate • Huge fight; first about Murphy,

RISING ACTION(ACT 2) v. For Blanche and Kate • Huge fight; first about Murphy, then about Jack/money, and childhood • Blanche says she will move out in morning

CLIMAX v. Stanley says goodbye to Eugene— he decides to avoid facing the consequences

CLIMAX v. Stanley says goodbye to Eugene— he decides to avoid facing the consequences by joining the Army

FALLING ACTION v No one asks about Stanley at dinner v Eugene talks to

FALLING ACTION v No one asks about Stanley at dinner v Eugene talks to Laurie, then tells his parents • Jack and Kate give very little reaction, which upsets Eugene v Nora and Blanche have it out • Nora’s jealous of Laurie • Blanche agrees she’s been less than a mom, will do better

RESOLUTION v. Blanche and Kate make up • Blanche agrees to stay and save

RESOLUTION v. Blanche and Kate make up • Blanche agrees to stay and save up v. Stanley comes home; doesn’t join up v. Jack gets a letter from Poland; family escaped v. Eugene receives a gift from Stanley puberty is over!!!!