“Jake’s Women” Set to Take Over Kelsey Theatre

Kurt Penney, center, as Jake, surrounded by the women in his life. Front row: Gina Migliaccio (left) and Cathy Liebars (right). Back row, from left, Laurie Hardy, Jessica Braynor, Erin Leder, Makenna Katz, and Michele Kallman.

Modern relationships have never been messier than for Jake, a novelist who finds more success in his career than his life. The award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO) presents Neil Simon’s comedic classic Jake’s Women at The Kelsey Theatre, September 30 through October 9.

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This wildly comic and sometimes touching play features Jake’s flashbacks about the women in his life – that are occasionally interrupted by the actual women!  Jake’s women include a revered first wife, Julie, who died years earlier in a tragic accident; his daughter, Molly, who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman; his boisterous and bossy sister, Karen; an opinionated analyst, Edith; his current wife, Maggie, who is contemplating her future with, or possibly without, Jake; and the newest arrival, Sheila, a woman who just may be part of Jake’s future.

The cast features Kurt Penney of Pennington as Jake; Erin Leder of Bordentown as Maggie; Michele Kallman of Hightstown as Karen; Makenna Katz of West Windsor as young Molly; Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton as older Molly; Laurie Hardy of Hamilton as Edith; Jessica Braynor of Lawrenceville as Julie; and Cathy Liebars of Langhorne, Pa., as Sheila.

The show is directed by Diana Gilman Maurer, co-founder of MPO with her husband, John Maurer.  She notes that Jake’s Women is considered one of Mr. Simon’s hidden gems and that the cast for this production is proving very talented at juxtaposing moments of high comedy and high drama.

“The show is both moving and funny, and takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions,” Maurer said.  “I am really proud of this cast and how well they navigate the moods and nuances of each character.”

Maurer is co-producing the show with John Maurer. Other members of the production team are Set Designer Jeff Cantor, Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik, and Sound Designer Judi Parrish. Costumes are by Anthony Remer; the stage manager is Rosie Karlin.

Performances take place Fridays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 8:00pm; Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 8 at 8:00pm; and Sundays, Oct. 2 and 9 at 2:00pm.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Sept. 30. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students/children and may be purchased online atwww.kelseytheatre.net  or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.


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