CHT au­di­tions for ‘Jake’s Women’ open Oct. 22

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CHURCH HILL —Di­rec­tor She­lagh Grasso in­vites ac­tors to au­di­tion for “Jake’s Women,” the first show in Church Hill Theatre’s 2017 Sea­son. Au­di­tions will be held in the the­ater in Church Hill at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, and at 6 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 25.

Pro­duc­tion dates are Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, with per­for­mances on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday after­noons.

Jake is a suc­cess­ful author with a trou­bled mar­riage. In the course of the play, he has real and imag­i­nary con­ver­sa­tions with his wife, mother, daugh­ter and sev­eral lovers. Con­cerned that he’s go­ing mad, Jake dis­cusses his hal­lu­ci­na­tions with the au­di­ence and at­tempts to re­solve his con­flict­ing emo­tions. Like most of Neil Si­mon plays, Jake’s Women ends with the hope, but not the prom­ise of a hap­pier fu­ture.

Grasso has roles for one man, Jake, and six women in this re­la­tion­ship com­edy. Given the time shifts in the play, the role of Jake could be played by an ac­tor be­tween the ages of 35 and 50.

The women’s parts range from a young teenager to late mid­dle age. Grasso will ask ac­tors to per­form a pre­pared mono­logue from the script and also to do cold read­ings.

Au­di­tion ma­te­rial, a cast list with de­scrip­tions of the char­ac­ters, and a brief synop­sis of the play may be found on­line at­hill, un­der the “Get In­volved” sec­tion, or on the Church Hill Theatre Facebook page un­der “Events.”

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