11-08-11 – Chicago, IL>Milwaukee, WI – Last month we opened our sixth season, our first full season in our own, new theater, to very favourable reviews with the psychological thriller The Deadly Game by James Yaffe. And now, just days before the theater’s official grand opening gala, we are holding auditions for the comedy-drama Jake’s Women by popular, award-winning, American playwright Neil Simon.
Simon’s story centers around Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life. Jake, facing a marital crisis and a bout of writer’s block, submerges himself in daydreams about the women in his life. His wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks, fantasies and delusions are played out on the stage and are frequently interrupted by visitations from women in the real world. The persistence of the women of his mind, who seem to have been given a will of their own by his writer’s imagination, eventually put Jake in the position of trying to deal with them at the same time as he is carrying on a conversation with the real women, all the while desperately trying to avoid having the appearance of someone who has completely lost his mind.
Jake’s women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but in reality, is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving him for another man, and a prospective third wife.
Audiences will find themselves in for a rare treat as they watch Jake sort out his problems (and his women!) in an attempt to make his life work in the real world, fighting off the fear that he can only survive in a world of fiction and fantasy…
A cast of 8 is required including 1 role for a man (character age range: 40-60), and 7 roles for women (characters’ age range: 10-70). (Characters’ ages do not have to be actors’ actual ages, and all ethnicities are encouraged to apply). More detailed character information is below.
Rehearsals (3 per week) and performances are at our theatre in New Lenox, IL. Rehearsal schedule T.B.A. after auditions. The performance dates are January 20th–22nd & 27th–29th (with the possibility of an extension). Actors will be paid a small stipend.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Monologues are welcomed but not required. Auditions will be held on Monday, November 14th and Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30-10:00 P.M. — Submit Yourself To This Role Now: Live Event
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