Lost in Yonkers

by Neil Simon

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Research the various new work opportunities that came about in America as a result of World War II. Discuss the groups that most benefited from these new opportunities.

Locate Yonkers on a map of New York. Write a short description of what life was like in Yonkers in 1942 and what life is like there today.

How would you direct the cataclysmic dinner scene in the second act during which Bella makes her announcement?

In the play, Grandma Kurnitz and Bella run a candy store. Research what candy stores were like in 1942 and create a sample inventory list of the types of foods and drinks that they most likely served. For each item, list the price of the item in both 1942 and 2002 values.

In the play, Louie's gangster background is touched on but never fully explored. Research the New York gangster world around 1942. Pick a notorious gangster from this era and write a short biography about this person.

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