Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’: Part 4: Casey Baum (Eugene)

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In Part Four of a series of interviews with the director and cast of Prince George’s Little Theatre’s Brighton Beach Memoirsmeet Casey Baum (Eugene).

Casey Baum (Eugene).
Casey Baum (Eugene). Photo by Andy Culhane.

Joel: Please introduce yourself, and tell our readers how you heard about Prince George’s Little Theatre’s auditions for Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Casey: My name is Casey Baum and I play Eugene in PGLT’s production of Brighton Beach Memors. I am a rising freshman at the Key School and I have been interested in acting ever since my parents introduced me to it at the age of 8. I specifically became interested in this role when I had to memorize a monologue for a school I was auditioning for. My acting instructor at the time recommended doing an excerpt from Brighton Beach Memoirs, as it was one of her favorite shows. I had been familiar with Neil Simon before, but had never heard of this show. When I read the play, the hilarity and depth of the character Eugene appealed to me so much that as a result, my fondness for the playwright, along with the character and the show only grew. After hearing of this opportunity, I sprang to the phone to get a few of my acting friends to join me at the auditions. Ever since, I have been rehearsing and working on a show that I’m sure will strike a chord with all of it’s viewers.

Introduce us to Eugene, Why do you enjoy playing him and how do you relate to him?

Eugene (Casey Baum) is again in trouble with his mom (Nora Zanger) and dad (Steve Feder) for playing ball. Photo by Andy Culhane.
Eugene (Casey Baum) is again in trouble with his mom (Nora Zanger) and dad (Steve Feder) for playing ball. Photo by Andy Culhane.

The character of Eugene is a teenage boy struggling with the reality of growing up and all the problems that come along with it.  I love playing the character of Eugene because I can relate to him. As an actor, I love being able to incorporate some of my own memories and emotions into the role. The humor of the character is also a major plus.

How do you think the audience will react to the play?

I am super excited for an audience because I can’t wait for their reactions. The audience will undoubtedly enjoy many aspects of the show. The comedy, the ever-growing plot, and the personalities of the characters are just a few examples. Brighton Beach Memoirs is a fantastic show that viewers will love and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.

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Brighton Beach Memoirs plays from August 29-September 13, 2014 at Prince George’s Little Theatre (PGLT) performing at Bowie Playhouse – 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, in Bowie, MD. For tickets, call (301) 937-7458 and press 1, or purchase them online.

LINKS
Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’: Part 1: Director Ken Kienas.

Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’: Part 2: Annalie Ellis (Laurie).

Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’: Part 3Sophie Speciale (Nora)

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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.