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'Sylvia' takes the stage at Theatre Wesleyan beginning Sept. 25

09.07.2014 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

Theatre Wesleyan is pleased to announce the second production in our 2014-15 season, Sylvia, by A. R. Gurney, which opens in The Thad Smotherman Theatre Sept. 25.

This comedy of canine proportions is directed by Brynn Bristol, instructor of theatre.

About the Show

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 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.

Cast and Crew

The cast features:

  • Junior Cameron Byerly (Greg)
  • Senior Laura Hemingway (Sylvia)
  • Junior Deja Chase (Kate)
  • Sophomore Colton Mallory (Tom, Leslie, Phillis)

The production team includes:

  • Technical Director & Producer: Bryan Stevenson
  • Scenic Designer: Bradley Grey
  • Costume Design: Madalyn Russell
  • Lighting Designer: Jonathan Jones
  • Assistant Lighting: Kelsey Manuel
  • Master Electrician: Colton Mallory
  • Sound Designer: Jorge Florez
  • Properties Designer: Heather O’Donnell
  • Publicity Designer: Jacob Sanchez

Ticket Information

The show will run Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Our box office will open Sept. 16 and hours are 1:30-4:30 Tuesday-Friday and one hour before curtain on performance days.

To reserve tickets call our box office at 817-531-4211. Tickets prices for General Admission is $10 and Wesleyan faculty, staff, students with ID and senior citizens over 65 are $5.

The Thad Smotherman Theatre is located on the Texas Wesleyan Campus on the corner of Avenue E and Binkley Street.

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