JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Community College Uncommoners have announced their spring show as “Sylvia” by A. R. Gurney. Auditions dates have been set for Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24, at 7:00pm in the Scharmann Theatre both evenings. The show will be directed by Robert Schlick, with technical direction by Steven Gustafson.
“Sylvia” is a play about a dog, the couple that adopts it, and the drama that results. The plot runs something like this: Middle age, upper class, Greg finds a dog, Sylvia (played by a young female) in the park on his break and immediately 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. They eventually decide that Sylvia will stay for a few days before they decide whether she can stay longer. But Greg and Sylvia have already bonded. Over the next few days, Greg spends more and more time with Sylvia. Greg and Sylvia go on long walks. They discuss life and astronomy. Tension increases between Greg and Kate, who still does not like Sylvia at all. 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 see the other defeated. And so on…
When the show was running at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1995, it received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play.
Needed for the cast are: a middle aged couple; a young, pretty female; and one other person to play multiple roles – both male and female. The production opens in March 2013. Auditions will consist of actors doing cold readings from the script. Any previously prepared monologues will also be considered.
If you have further questions, call the director, Robert Schlick, at 716-338-1153.