Northwest Florida State College announces the cast for the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women,” a hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. The comedy will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus. Tickets are on sale now for $15 adults and $10 for youth ages 18 and younger. Purchase tickets by phone or online from the Box Office at 850-729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
The comedy, by America's premier comic playwright, focuses on Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, and who faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. Joseph Perna of Crestview is cast in the lead role of Jake and portrays the writer as he is in the grips of a midlife crisis.
The play’s wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks are played in Jack’s mind and “interrupted” by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife Julie who was killed years earlier in an accident, a role to be played by Tara Sindelar of Fort Walton Beach. Jamie Tincher of Shalimar is cast as Jake’s second and current wife, Maggie. A matter-of-fact, career-oriented woman, Maggie loves Jake deeply but cannot deal with his inability to communicate with her as a real person and decides to separate from him.
Maddie Ostrowski of Mary Esther will portray Karen, Jake’s boisterous, bossy and very acerbic sister. His daughter Molly is recalled as a child but is now a young woman. Young Molly, the perfect, loving, non-problematic kid of age 12, will be played by Catherine Coble of Santa Rosa Beach. Older Molly, Jake’s daughter at 21 and a college student who longs to know more about her deceased mother, will be played by Naomi Campagne of Crestview. Bettye Keefer of Crestview plays Jake’s opinionated analyst Edith and his prospective third wife, Shelia, is played by Kendra Jablanski of Niceville.
The Fall term theatrical production of “Jake’s Women” is presented by the NWF State College Fine & Performing Arts Division in the 185-seat Sprint Theater, the smaller of two theater venues at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus.
Box Office phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office also opens at 6 p.m. each night of the play for any available at-the-door tickets, subject to availability. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.
The lead role of Jake was originally played by Alan Alda during the play’s popular run on Broadway and was heralded by critics.