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'Jake's Women' rounds out East Tennessee Rep season

staff report • Sep 7, 2011 at 3:54 AM

The East Tennessee Repertory Theatre will wrap up its second season with the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women,” playing Sept. 8-18 at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8-10 and 15-17 and at 2 p.m., Sept. 11 and 18 in Bud Frank Theatre, located on the lower level of Gilbreath Hall. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $7 for students. ETRT is a professional company comprised of equity actors along with students and faculty from ETSU and Northeast State Community College. It is one of a handful of professional equity theatres in the nation sponsored by an undergraduate theatre training program and the only such company in this region. ETRT’s previous productions include “Robin Goodfellow,” “The Dining Room” and “Robin Hood: Marian’s Revenge.” In this show, which is partly an autobiography of Simon, Jake, who is a writer, finds he is more comfortable living in his memories and in the fictional lands created in his writings than in the world as it is. He has never recovered from the death of his first wife, Julie, and current wife Maggie, who is not very happy with the arrangement, decides she needs time away from her husband. Using his imagination, Jake creates elaborate figments of his most idealized female relationships from throughout his life, including his sister Karen, his psychiatrist Edith, daughter Molly, current wife Maggie, and, of course, the late Julie. Reality soon strikes, however, when Jake’s new girlfriend, Sheila, pays him a visit. Directed by Bobby Funk, the show stars Doug Reiser in the title role of Jake, Cara Harker as Maggie, Kelcey Werner as Karen, Hanna Hasch as young Molly, Kacy Tiller as the older Molly, Savannah Arwood as Julie, Janette Gaines as Edith and Danielle Mumpower as Sheila. Stage manager is Will McCall, and designers are Christine Waxstein and Scott Koenig. For tickets or more information, visit www.et su.edu/theatre or call (423) 439-6511. Courtesy of East Tennessee Repertory Theatre

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