NICEVILLE — Crestview resident Joseph Perna has been cast in the lead role of Northwest Florida State College's Fine and Performing Arts Division fall production of "Jake's Women."


NICEVILLE — Crestview resident Joseph Perna has been cast in the lead role of Northwest Florida State College's Fine and Performing Arts Division fall production of "Jake's Women."



In the Neil Simon comedy, a hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships, Perna portrays Jake, a writer in the grips of a midlife crisis who is more successful with fiction than with life.



Jake faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the girls in his life during the play’s wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks “interrupted” by visitations from the women. The 1992 comedy starred Alan Alda on Broadway.



Playing Older Molly, Jake’s daughter at 21, now a college student who longs to know more about her deceased mother, is Crestview resident Naomi Campagne.



Four-time Tony Award-winner Simon, considered America's premier comic playwright, authored more than two dozen plays, including "The Odd Couple," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Biloxi Blues" and "Barefoot in the Park."



"Jake's Women" runs Oct. 23 to 26. Tickets are on sale now.



Want to go?



What: Neil Simon's comedy "Jake's Women," presented by the Northwest Florida State College Fine and Performing Arts Division



When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26



Where: Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center Spring Theatre



Tickets: $17 adult, $12 youth ages 18 and younger by phone or online, 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org>>



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