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51st Season



A comedy

by A.R. Gurney

Performance Run Commitment: September 19 – October 13, 2019

When:    Monday, July 22, 7pm
Callbacks: tbd

Where:   Manoa Valley Theatre

Guest Director
Stephanie Conching

About the show

Sylvia opened Off-Broadway at Stage I of the Manhattan Theatre Club on May 2, 1995, where it ran for 167 performances. Directed by John Tillinger, the cast included Sarah Jessica Parker as “Sylvia”, Blythe Danner, and Charles Kimbrough. The production received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Parker), and Outstanding Costume Design (Jane Greenwood).

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two 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.


Please bring a headshot and resume, if you have. Auditions will be comprised of reading from the script.  Bring your calendar to list any potential conflicts with the rehearsal or performance period.  These must be provided prior to casting.

Roles in the show (all roles are available):

Greg – Male, 40’s or 50’s, Wall Street type with tension both in career and marriage

Sylvia – Female, 18 – 30, Portrays a dog that Greg finds at the park, charming, energetic and enthusiastic; comfortable with adult language

Kate – Female, 40s or 50s, Greg’s wife, also a career woman

Tom/Phyllis/Leslie – Male or Female, 25-60. Portrays 3 characters of both genders

Production Schedule

Rehearsals: July 29 – September 18
Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Weekends as needed closer to opening
Performance commitment: September 19 – October 13, 2019
(maximum 19 performances)
curtain times: Wed, Thur – 7:30pm
Fri & Sat – 8:00pm
Sun – 4pm
performance call time: 90 minutes prior to curtain, or as otherwise set

Performances will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street, and other locations as necessary.  The rehearsal schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.

Please note: participating in a Manoa Valley Theatre production is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. As determined by the director, specific rehearsal schedules have some flexibility.  Please bring your calendar to the auditions.

About The Director

Stephanie Conching (guest director) has directed many productions including Amahl and the Night Visitors, Evita, Oliver, Jackie An American Life, Barefoot in the Park, and the Po’okela Awarded Sweeney Todd. She has been seen on stage in productions of Carousel, Seussical, West Side Story, and Agnes of God, along with opera productions of La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, Susannah, and Elektra.

Script Perusal

Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

More Information

For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or

Upcoming Auditions

Once – directed by Mathias Maas, musical directed by Matthew Mazzella
September 14

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – directed by Rob Duval
November 18

Desperate Measures – directed by Miles Phillips, musical directed by Jenny Shiroma
January 11

The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays – directed by Shannon Winpenny
March 23

Once Upon One Time – directed by Michael Ng, musical directed by Maika’i Nash
May 16

Check back for audition date updates as they sometimes change.

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