Open auditions have been scheduled for our production of “Sylvia”, by A.R. Gurney
Director Patrick Brafford
Producer Susan Fletcher Lyons
EARLY BIRD DINNER THEATRE – 13355 49th Street N., Clearwater, FL – 727-446-5898
Auditions will be held at the theater on March 6, 2017 at 6 – 8:30 pm. All positions are paid. We are a professional, non union theater. Any questions or conflicts please contact Patrick Brafford at email@example.com.
ACTORS PAID PER PERFORMANCE (Tentative schedule Thursday, Saturday Matinee, Thursday – Sunday Evening)
PREVIEW – MAY 5, 2017
OPENING NIGHT – MAY 6, 2017
Greg – 45-55 – Children are gone and he is going through a mid-life crisis. Upper-middle class about to lose his job.
Kate – 45-55 – Upper-middle class school teacher. Now that their children are grown and out of the house she is ready to make her mark in the educational world. Travel and create are her plans.
Sylvia – 20s – A beautiful Heinz 57 dog. Part Lab, part Poodle, part who knows. Pert, sexy and smart. Found in Central Park by her savior – Greg.
Tom, Phyllis, Leslie – 30-50 – One man – three roles. Tom – Easy-going, relaxed New Yorker out walking his dog. Phyllis – Vassar graduate, best friend of Kate’s and toast of the East Side. Leslie – Psychiatrist. Gender neutral (think of Pat from SNL).
The place is New York City.
Greg finds Sylvia, a dog (played by a human), in the park and takes a liking to her. He brings her back to the empty nest he shares with Kate. When Kate gets home, she reacts very negatively to Sylvia and wants her gone, but Greg and Sylvia have already bonded.
Eventually, Greg becomes completely obsessed with Sylvia, and Kate fears their marriage is falling apart. Kate and Sylvia are at odds with each other, each committed to seeing the other defeated.
Greg meets a strange character at the dog run, who gives Greg tips on how to manage Sylvia and his predicament involving Kate. Greg has Sylvia spayed. Sylvia is angry and in pain, but she still loves him completely. Kate’s friend pays a visit and is repulsed by Greg and Sylvia. Greg and Kate visit a therapist, Leslie, who is ambiguously male and female depending on her patients’ state of mind. After a session with Greg, Leslie tells Kate to get a gun and shoot Sylvia: “I hope you get her right between the eyes.” What happens next is a true love story.
The playwright said that the play has a “timely message of the need to connect in an increasingly alien and impersonal world. ‘There is a need to connect, not only to a dog, but to other people through the dog.'”