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Title: Jake's Women
Author(s): Neil Simon
Licensing Agent: Samuel French, Inc
Genre: Comedy
Length: Full Length
Male Roles: 1
Female Roles: 7
Extras: 0

Description: America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. 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 is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife. Jake, played by Alan Alda on Broadway, and his women definitely deliver the funniest lines of the season.

Character Gender Role Size Min Age Max Age Description
Maggie F 35 50 Jake's second (current) wife. She is matter-of fact, a career-oriented woman who loves Jake deeply but cannot deal with his inability to communicate with her as a real person. She exists in "real time" as well as in Jake's imagination.
Karen F 40 50 Jake's sister. She is divorced and shares Jake's wit and sharp attention to detail. In Jake's dialogues with her, she is cynical, frustrated, very acerbic.
Young Molly F 10 15 Jake's daughter at 12. In his mind, she is the perfect, loving, non-problematic kid.
Older Molly F 17 25 Jake's daughter at 21. A college student who longs to know more about her mother.
Julie F 20 35 Jake's first wife. She has died, and therefore lives only in Jake's memory. He tries to idealize her, but as he loses control of his characters, she begins to interact with her daughter and refuses to be idealized.
Edith F 40 70 Jake's therapist. Jake "writes" sessions with her. In them she is both a voice of reason and very annoying.
Sheila F 30 50 Jake's girlfriend. She is the only woman Jake does not create in his mind. She loves Jake, but can't cope with his indecisions as the Maggie in his mind takes over his relationship with her.

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