AUDITIONS FOR JAKE’S WOMEN

Announcing auditions for Pull-Tight’s production of Jake’s Women by Neil Simon

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Sunday, November 20 – 6:30 to 8:30 – all roles
Monday, November 21 – 6:30 to 8:30 – all roles
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 510 West Main Street, Downtown Franklin

Headshots and resumes not required but helpful. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Some characters are age-flexible. Please indicate your preference for roles on audition sheets at the audition.

Show dates are January 27, 28, February 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11. Potential holdover on February 9. Must be available for all show dates. Sunday, February 5 is a matinee performance.

For further information, contact Director Matt Grimes at james.m.grimes@vanderbilt.edu

ROLES:

Jake (lead) – Late 40s-early 50s. A writer whose imagination and words obscure the actualities ongoing in life. Very much congenial but lacking in true intimacy and connection as his current relationship with Maggie starts to deteriorate.

Maggie (lead) – Age flexible, most likely late 30s-late 40s. Jake’s current wife with a more realistic worldview. Jake’s dream-like detachment leaves her unanchored and unsure of what she wants.

Julie (supporting) – Late 20s-late 30s, should be able to play 25-35. Jake’s first (and deceased) wife who serves as the ideal woman for Jake. She appears via Jake’s mind and complicates matters when she refuses to play her part.

Karen (supporting) – Age flexible, but can be older than Jake, mid 40s to late 50s. Jake’s biting and cynical sister whose own divorce serves as a powder keg for her conversations with her brother.

Edith (supporting) – Age flexible, late 30s-70s. Jake’s therapist, acts as a reasonable foil to Jake while agitating him at every turn with her brash personality.

Molly (featured) – College-aged. Jake’s daughter with Julie, very much wanting her father to find happiness with Maggie while still searching for understanding and knowledge about her own mother.

Younger Molly (featured) – Preteen, preferably around 11 or 12. Existing in Jake’s memory as the perfect and non-troubled version of his daughter.

Sheila (featured) – Age flexible, most likely in her 30s, but comic timing and chemistry with Jake paramount to any age requirement. Jake’s girlfriend in Act II whose fun-loving nature is threatened by Jake’s crumbling sense of reality.