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Jefferson Community Theatre to present Broadway Bound
Playwright Neil Simons life expected to trigger laughs Jan. 14-17
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The Jefferson Community Theatre’s cast of Broadway Bound includes, from left, John Aquino as Eugene Jerome; Ashley Ware as Blanche Morton, Kate’s sister; Keith Johnson as Jack Jerome; Alex Dye as Stanley Jerome; Jennifer Dolezal as Kate Jerome; and Chuck Miller as Ben Epstein, Kate’s father.

‘Broadway Bound’

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Jan. 17

Where: Jefferson High School, 575 Washington St., Jefferson

Cost: $5 on Jan. 14 and 17 and $10 on Jan. 15-16

 

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When: 2-5 p.m. Jan. 10, and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 12

Where: Jefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St., Jefferson

Cost: Free

More info: www.jeffersoncommunitytheatre.com

The third play in Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy “Broadway Bound” continues the tale of Simon’s alter ego, Eugene Morris Jerome. And the Jefferson Community Theatre will present that tale Jan. 14-17 in the William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School.

In the first installment, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the story revolves around the Jerome family trials and tribulations as well as its family unity and dignity. The story is told from the point of view of Eugene at age 15.

In the second play, “Biloxi Blues,” Eugene is in the Army and develops his writer’s sensibilities. He also confronts the degradations of anti-Semitism and bigotry in general, falls in love and loses his virginity.

In this final installment, “Broadway Bound,” World War II is over and Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, are trying to break into show business as comedy writers.

If their future is bright, then their father, mother and grandfather face dark and despairing times. The parents are dealing with a troubled marriage, while the oldest son is taken by actresses and showgirls and the youngest son wants to be a writer and is a stand-in for the playwright. Both plays are marked by confessions from the past.

Of course, “Broadway Bound” is a comedy, with laughs coming one right after the other. And the characters learn something about brotherhood, family and the dignity and vulnerability of humans.

John Aquino will resume the role of Eugene Jerome. And Alex Dye, who has been in all three Simon shows, will play the part of Stanley Jerome. Keith Johnson is directing and portraying Jack Jerome.

Other cast members include Jennifer Dolezal as Kate Jerome; Ashley Ware as Blanche Morton, Kate’s sister; Chuck Miller as Ben Epstein, Kate’s father; and Rick Bennett, Andy Garrison and Christine Dalton will appear in the show’s radio show portion.

Also involved will be Kathy Worthman as assistant director with Wendy Oesterle as stage manager and Diana Norton-Bagwell as producer. The show’s set is being designed by Mike Aquino with Sherry Aquino handling costume design. Jay Holl is the lighting designer and Richard Bennett is the sound designer. Steven Carroll designed the production’s promotional poster.

The production is set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the high school at 575 Washington St. in Jefferson.

Tickets are $5 on Jan. 14 and 17 and $10 on Jan. 15-16. Seniors and children younger than 16 may enter for $7.

For more information, visit www.jeffersoncommunitytheatre.com or call 706-367-5714.

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