The Central Texas College (CTC) Fine Arts department will present its spring semester drama production, “Sylvia,” April 18-20 in the Fine Arts auditorium. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the play begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. 

Written by A.R. Gurney, “Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature and growing older. It is the story of Greg and Kate who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of raising children 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. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When Greg and Sylvia meet, it is love at first sight.

However, Kate is less than thrilled by the clever and coquettish canine that jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch and takes Greg’s attention away from his marriage. Wandering the streets of Manhattan with Sylvia by his side, Greg feels like he has connected to a deeper, primal, more natural side of the world. Sylvia exerts such a charismatic pull that Kate’s friends are appalled, the marriage counselor advocates divorce and euthanasia. Even Greg’s new dog-owner friend warns him of the splintering effect a dog can have on the relationship between husband and wife. It is only when Greg is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice that Kate is able to see Sylvia not as a threat, but as a new member of her family.

“Sylvia” opened off-Broadway in 1995 with Sarah Jessica Parker in the role of Sylvia and Charles Kimbrough as Greg. It then enjoyed a one-year run on Broadway with Annaleigh Ashford and Matthew Broderick in the respective roles.

The CTC cast features Carmen Ferrer in the role of Sylvia. D. Benjamin Goss plays the part of Greg, Theressa Duke as Kate, Quincy Carter as Tom, Giovanna Bruniera De Oliveira as Phyllis and Shey Concepcion plays Leslie. The play is directed by Matthew Stanley, lab assistant in the CTC Fine Arts department.

Tickets for “Sylvia” are $10 each and available at the door or online. Proceeds benefit the CTC Fine Arts scholarship program.


Photo cutline: Sylvia (played by Carmen Ferrer), lunges at Phyllis (played by Giovanna Bruniera De Oliveira) while her owner Greg (played by D. Benjamin Goss) tries to restrain her and his wife, Kate (played by Theressa Duke), looks on in amusement.