Auditions for “Sylvia”


Apr 6 – May 6

By A.R. Gurney

Directed by Kimberly Demmary
Produced by Jolyn Johnson
Stage Managed by Stephanie Rice

“Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated and occasionally salty comedy about the relationship between man and wife, dog owner and dog, nature, and growing older.

Greg, tired of his job in finance, is looking for meaning in life. Sylvia, a dog, is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it’s love at first sight. But his wife Kate is less than thrilled by the dog who jumps, slobbers, piddles on the floor, sits on the couch, and takes Greg’s attention. Greg’s friend Tom warns him of splintering effect a dog can have on the relationship between husband and wife. Only when Greg is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice is Kate able to see Sylvia not as a threat, but as a new member of her family.

Auditions will be held Sunday, February 4 and Monday, February 5 between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM both nights. Email Producer Jolyn Johnson at to make your audition appointment as we will be holding closed auditions. Walk-ins are allowed, but will be accommodated after the scheduled appointments, so appointments are greatly preferred. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM. Sides will be available on our website. Please bring a headshot/resume and list of any and all possible conflicts for the rehearsal period. No conflicts will be accepted for tech week or any performances.

Rehearsals are expected to be Mondays-Thursdays 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, with Saturday daytime rehearsals possible if needed. Performances are April 6 – May 6, 2018 on Fridays/Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.

Open to all ethnicities. No pay, non-union. ALL ROLES OPEN.

Sylvia – Age: 25-50 All Ethnicities (Lead)
A dog played by a woman. Good comedic timing and improv skills necessary. Lively and expressive “labradoodle”, cute, bouncy and occasionally flirtatious. Though she does not move on hands and knees for the entire play, this is an extremely high energy, physical role (Please dress comfortably to allow for movement at auditions).

Greg – Age: 45-60 All Ethnicities (Lead)
Displays a wide range of quiet male emotion; mild-mannered, he loves his suddenly-adopted dog Sylvia but seems to be going through an early midlife crisis in his work and his marriage.

Kate – Age: 45-60 All Ethnicities (Supporting)
Greg’s wife is a strong woman whose teaching career is on an upswing; with her children away in college, she is looking forward to working on her career without the family restrictions and has little use for Greg’s issues and even less for his newfound best friend, Sylvia

Tom/Phyllis/Leslie 25-45 All Ethnicities (Supporting)
Characters are played by a single actor. Tom is a regular macho guy who educates Greg about dog ownership. Phyllis is a hotshot Manhattanite, Kate’s friend from College, and is prone to drinking and drama. Leslie is a psychotherapist whose gender is open to question.

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.


Sylvia & Greg (pgs 63-68, stop at Kate’s entrance)

Kate & Greg

Leslie & Greg

Phyllis & Kate

Tom & Greg


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