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The Wimberley Players Present Jake's Women, a Neil Simon Comedy
Comedy-drama presented on weekends, July 29th and held over through August 20th, 2005, at the Greenhouse Theatre in Woodcreek.
Director Rob Sandefur discusses Jake's Women with "Jake," Dan Jennings.
Neil Simon's comedy/drama, Jake's Women, opened Friday, July 29, at the Greenhouse Theatre in Woodcreek, and runs weekends through August 20. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday evenings is 8 PM, and Sundays, 2:30 PM. Simon's unbroken succession of hit comedies and musicals such as The Sunshine Boys, Sweet Charity, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, and The Goodbye Girl, has made him the most successful playwright in American theater history.

Simon had another hit on his hands when Jake's Women opened on Broadway in 1992 with Alan Alda in the role of Jake. The 1996 movie version also starred Alda, with Anne Archer as Maggie, his wife.

A comic look at modern relationships, this semi-autobiographical play tells the story of Jake, a writer faced with a marital crisis largely caused by his constant daydreaming about all the women in his life. When reality becomes too much for Jake, he retreats into the rich world of his imagination. "My mind has a mind of its own," says Jake. If the subject is women, Jake's hyperactive mind lands him in a lot of trouble—sometimes painful, often funny, always touching.

Director Rob Sandefur has assembled a stellar cast to entertain you with the whimsical tale of Jake and his women. Sandefur, who serves on the Wimberley Players' Board as Theatre Operations Managing Director, is a veteran of the Greenhouse stage having appeared in The Dining Room, The Trip to Bountiful, On Golden Pond, Dial "M" for Murder, and as director of last year's smash hit, Cahoots. Sandefur is ably assisted by Jana White as Producer, and Donna Williams as Assistant Director.

Dan Jennings (Jake) has had a thirty-year career as a voice actor specializing in radio and television commercials. He worked for a number of years in Los Angeles as a singer/ songwriter, and has appeared in several feature films including Miss Congeniality and American Bandits. Dan made his first appearance with the Players as Neville in last December's highly successful run of Season's Greetings.

Rebecca Ballard Jennings (Maggie) has enjoyed a lengthy career in theatre and television including roles in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Steel Magnolias, Marvin's Room, Madwoman of Shallot, and Hamlet, to name a few of her favorites. She is now a familiar face at the Greenhouse having appeared in On Golden Pond and Season's Greetings, as well as last summer's Broadway Review.

Whitney Marlett Mollahan (Karen) was last seen on the Greenhouse stage in Season's Greetings. She hails most recently from Los Angeles where she performed improvisations and original comedy at the L.A. Connection and the world-famous Ice House Comedy Club. Her acting credits contain several Neil Simon productions including Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Come Blow Your Horn for which she won Best Supporting Actress from San Diego Community Theatres.

Katie Combs (Julie) is a veteran of the Wimberley Players' stage. She has appeared in Relatively Speaking, Over the River and Through the Woods, and the 2005 hit, Steel Magnolias. Earlier she performed in Picnic, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland. Katie continues to work, play by play, toward her dream of acting professionally.

Priya Hudson-DiTraglia (Edith) is another Greenhouse veteran, having appeared in The Music Man, 110 in the Shade, Steel Magnolias, and Broadway Revue. She portrayed Lone Woman in this year's production of Star of the Hills at the Emily Ann Theatre.

Cynthia Densmore (Sheila) though a newcomer to community theatre, Cynthia has performed in numerous award winning productions in high school culminating in the lead as Guinevere in the musical Camelot. She has been recognized as an outstanding actor, orator, singer and dancer in both in-and-out-of-school performance groups.

Rory Roberts (Molly at age 21) is appearing for the first time with the Wimberley Players. A senior BFA Pre-Professional Acting major at Texas State University, Rory's past favorite roles include parts in The Complete History of America: Abridged, and The Three Musketeers.

Mallory Mazzarella (Molly at age 12) is soon to be a sixth grader, and is already a Greenhouse veteran with acting credits in The Dining Room (2 roles), Fiddler On the Roof, and this summer's smash, The Sound of Music.

Kate Sanchez-Navarro (Molly at age 12) is making her debut with the Wimberley Players. She is a soon-to-be eighth grader at her school in Houston where she now lives. Kate is active in the school drama program, most recently appearing in The Sound of Music. She also sings in her school choir.

Reservations for a delightful visit with Jake and his women can be made at any time with Visa/MasterCard by calling (512) 847-0575, or you can buy your $13 tickets at the Box Office in the Ozona Motor Bank Lobby on River Road beginning July 25. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 1 - 5 PM.

--  Carolyn Hart  --

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