‘Sylvia’ to open Friday at Garfield Center of the Arts
CHESTERTOWN — The Garfield Center of the Arts’ production of “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney, will open Friday, Oct. 13.
Originally produced at the Manhattan Club in 1995 with Sarah Jessica Parker in the title role, this comedy is about a marriage and a dog.
Empty-nesters Greg and Kate move to Manhattan after raising their family in the suburbs. While at the park, Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart stray, and brings her home. With his career in a tailspin, Greg welcomes the distraction of dog ownership, while Kate, whose career is coming to fruition, affirms, “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.”
Sylvia becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, straining their marriage with hilarious and touching ef fect.
Will Robinson, last seen in “Mr. Roberts” at the Garfield, will play Greg, a New York businessman in the middle of a midlife crisis. Jennifer Kafka-Smith, last seen in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” plays his sophisticated and longsuffering wife. Newcomer to the Garfield, but not to theater, Christine Kinlock, last seen in Shore Shakespeare’s summer production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” tackles the title role. Bryan Betley completes the cast, playing the dog park visitor Tom, Kate’s friend Phyllis and the androgynous marriage counselor, Leslie.
Along with director Bonnie Hill and producer Julie Lawrence, the production team includes Butch Clark, technical director and light design; Earl Lewin, set design; Patrick Fee, sound design; Steve Atkinson, stage manager; Meg Lenher, assistant stage manager; and Juanita Wieczoreck, costumes.
“Sylvia” will run two consecutive weekends, Oct. 13 to 15 and Oct. 20 to 22. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for the military or seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students. They are available online at www. GarfieldCenter.org or by calling the box office at 410-8102060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is at 210 High St., Chestertown.