Albany Civic Theater – Albany, OR

Albany Civic Theater - Albany, OR

now in our 71st season

Sylvia

By: A.R. Gurney

Directed by: Loren Dunn

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.

Director

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 DreamThe Diary of Anne FrankWonder of The WorldMan of La ManchaTom SawyerParadise Lost and FoundMiracle 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 ChemotherapyA Little Piece Of HeavenTrials, Tribulations, and Christmas DecorationsSeniors Of The Sahara, and Last of the Boys. Loren also serves on the ACT board of directors as Production Coordinator.

Cast of Characters

Sylvia: Sarah Roth
Greg: Tom Martin
Kate: Stephanie Lunceford
Tom: Matthew Huffman
Phyllis: Colleen Franzoia
Leslie: Shannon Peters