A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle

A young couple hoping to get their toddler into an exclusive kindergarten are advised to play up their son's fondness for princesses and dress-up in this recent off-Broadway sensation.

This is a play about parenting -- Alexandra and Greg have a 4-year-old, and they're trying to do whatever they can to give him a good life. At present, that means getting him into an elite kindergarten, and we meet them in the midst of that process, writing essays and struggling with how to prepare Jake for tests and interviews. But things get even more complicated when they're advised to emphasize Jake's "gender-variant play" -- he likes dressing up like Snow White and Cinderella -- and all of their most fervently held beliefs are called into question.

This is one of those plays that is so deeply and minutely observed that you can't help but assume that it's autobiographical, that it's practically a transcript of conversations from the writer's own life. The playwright, Daniel Pearle, however, has never been married or a parent, and this is his first professionally-produced play. All the same, you might just wonder if in fact he's managed to overhear some of your conversations.

Dates: August 29 - September 20, 2014

Director: Tony Lea

Cast: Rasool Jahan, Jess Jones, Jim Moscater, Meredith Sause

Stage Manager: Samantha Halstead

Sets: Jennifer Becker

Lighting: Liz Droessler

Costumes: Pamela Bond

Props: Tori Ralston

Dramaturg: Karen C. Blansfield

Crew: David Berberian

Sound: Marc Maximov

News about A Kid Like Jake

August 8th, 2014
A KID LIKE JAKE opens 14th Season
CHAPEL HILL Two parents looking to place their son in an elite kindergarten find themselves with more than they bargained for in the comic drama A Kid Like Jake, presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company August 29-September 20. The regional premiere of last year's Off-Broadway sensation, the play will open the companys fourteenth season at University Mall.
Written by Daniel Pearle and directed by Deep Dish Resident Director Tony Lea, the play follows the efforts of Jake's mother, Alex (Meredith Sause), and father, Greg (Jim Moscater) as they contend with the admissions process at a handful of prestigious schools. When they are advised to play up the fact that Jake is especially fond of dress-up and playing with princess dolls, their most firmly held beliefs are called into question, and the results are both hilarious and harrowing.
"I really like the writing," notes Lea. "I love the way the play creates recognizable human behavior from the situation and makes you feel for the parents. They both love their child and want the best for him but the different ways they think they ought to do that cause disagreement and stress. People watching the play will probably sympathize more with one character than another but that allows us the opportunity to reflect on our own perspectives."
Rasool Jahan and Jess Jones complete the cast of this intimate production. The design staff includes scenic designer Jenni Mann Becker, who designed sets for the Deep Dish productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and The Clean House; Tori Ralston, who created props for The Cripple of Inishmaan and Life is a Dream; costumer Pamela Bond, whose work was seen in Radio Golf, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Life is a Dream; and Deep Dish veterans Elizabeth Grimes Droessler and Marc Maximov, whose lighting and sound work respectively has adorned a host of productions including last season's A Queer Kiss and Arcadia. David Berberian is the technical director and Samantha Halstead the stage manager.
Dramaturg Karen Blansfield will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, September 5 at 7 pm. Post-performance discussions will take place Sunday, August 31 (with Karen Blansfield and Tony Lea); Sunday, September 7 (with the cast and Dr. Kathleen Gallagher of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute); and Thursday, September 11 (a Meet the Designers discussion with the production staff). The Deep Dish Book Selection, How Children Learn by Paul Tough, will be discussed on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
Performances begin Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday (matinee) at 2 p.m. Deep Dish is located in Chapel Hill's University Mall, on Estes Drive and US 15-501.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and educators, and $21 for students, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Every Wednesday, a certain number of "Cheap Dish" tickets will be for sale at the door for just $14.

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