Sylvia

By A. R. Gurney

May 2 & 3, 2003

Directed by Peter Crooks

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.

A word from the director
I spent my formative years on a farm always surrounded by dogs (at least four at time). My mother specialized in bringing home strays and lost animals. These were not exotic breeds, but were of the mixed variety such as the labradoodle, cockerpoo, schnoodle & hoodle. Despite being surrounded by acres of land, the dogs owned the house (perhaps it was written in the deeds). Thus raised as i was amongst dogs, this has left me with a great deal of love & respect for the species, which I hope I have successfully transferred to this play.  – Peter Crooks

The Cast
Suzie Cummins Sylvia
Christopher Brookes Greg
Francine Pilon Kate
R.J. Ménard Tom
Betty Docker-Ménard Phyllis
Emily Fleming Leslie

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