By A.R. Gurney

July 11-15

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**NOTE: Sylvia is rated PG-13 for language. Please contact the Box Office at 603-526-6710 with any questions or concerns.**

After 22 years in the suburbs, Greg and Kate are starting a new chapter in their lives with a big move to New York City. But when Greg falls head over heels in love with a street-smart, exuberant Central Park stray pooch named Sylvia, he inadvertently kicks off a splintering war with his wife that threatens to fracture their long relationship. A deliciously dizzy, howlingly funny comedy about love, loyalty, and the joys and pitfalls of genuine human – and canine – connections.

Sylvia is presented through special permission by Dramatists Play Service

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Director: Josh Feder
Stage Manager: 
Rachael Danielle Albert*
Assistant Stage Manager: Kyla Mermejo-Varga

Scenic Designer: Vincent Gunn
Lighting Designer: Kevin Allinder
Costume Designer: Whitney Locher+

Guest Artists:
SylviaTheresa Kloos*
GregJeffries Thaiss*
KateJean McCormick*
Tom/Phyllis/Leslie: David Mavricos
Male UnderstudyAdam Zeph
Female UnderstudyJulia Bain

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists

Program Note

By Wynne DeMille

What makes Sylvia such a special play is the unique way it explores how we connect with each other in a world increasingly dominated by the tiny screens in our pockets. Well, that, and the fact that star of the play and the titular character is a lovable pooch played by live actress. Since it premiered, Sylvia has had audiences rolling with laughter; one critic wrote that “for anybody who loves both animals and the theater, Sylvia will be a day at the park; enjoying it takes as much effort as watching a kitten with a shoelace.”*

Sylvia is an unconventional love story that recognizes our propensity to give human motives to our trusted animal companions, for they guide us to finding the best in ourselves. How many of us have felt better understood by animal companions than by our family and friends? Sylvia gives voice to man’s best friend in a way that is both endearing and enlightening.

In N.Y.C. in the 1990’s a middle class mid-aged Greg finds Sylvia on a stroll through a park and brings her back to the home he and his wife Kate share. She reacts negatively to Sylvia. After a long discussion they agree to keep her for a few days before they decide what to do. Of course the inevitable happens and Sylvia and Greg bond. They spend hours together walking and playing and he uses this as an excuse to avoid his job. Tensions develop in this 22-year marriage as Kate and Sylvia become committed to seeing the other as an enemy to defeat.

A trip to London for six months is on the horizon and it forces them to make a decision. Sylvia will be given to a nice family on a farm in their state. Audiences face, with Kate and Greg, their final emotions in the tender story of love and good memories. A 1995 N.Y. Times review, Vincent Canby writes; “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes. But none is as immediately delicious…as is Sylvia.”

This play first opened on May 12, 1995 Off-Broadway. It was nominated for three Drama Desk awards for Outstanding Play, Best Costumes and Best Actress, Sarah Jessica Parker. Tom and I were lucky to see it at the Cort Theatre where it played on Broadway from October 2, 2015 to January 24, 2016, starring a wonderful cast with Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick, Julie White, Annaleigh Ashford and Barn Alum Robert Sella, who will be joining us to direct this season’s production of 42nd Street. This is the first time it has appeared on our stage. Sit back, relax, and be prepared to be entertained by “a comic masterpiece!”

*Laurie Winner, L.A. Times Theatre Critic, February 20, 1997