Last updated June 7, 2017
Albany Civic Theater
By: A.R. Gurney
Directed by: Loren Dunn
Auditions: December 4, 5 Callbacks: December 6
Performances: February 16, 17, 23, 24, 25(m), March 1, 2, 3
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
Cast of characters:
Sylvia- Sassy stray Poodle Lab mix.
Greg- Husband to Kate, 50s empty nester going through a midlife crisis.
Kate- Wife to Greg, 50s, empty nester, career woman, not a fan of Sylvia.
Tom- Random guy in the park who also has a female dog like Sylvia.
Phyllis- Friend of Kate.
Leslie- Marriage Counselor.
(Note: Tom, Phyllis and Leslie may be played by one or more actors.)
Loren Dunn has been involved with ACT since 2006. His first show was The Homecoming and has acted in many shows since then including: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wonder of The World, Man of La Mancha, Tom Sawyer, Paradise Lost and Found, Miracle on 34th Street and most recently Treasure Island. He made his ACT directing debut in 2011 with Christmas Belles. He has since directed Pirates Of The Chemotherapy, A Little Piece Of Heaven, Trials, Tribulations, and Christmas Decorations, Seniors Of The Sahara, and Last of the Boys. Loren also serves on the ACT board of directors as Production Coordinator.
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