Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Sylvia Pits Husband, Dog Versus Wife In Humorous Journey

KINGSVILLE - October 29, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Students star in A. R. Gurney production at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Shown from left are Cassandra B. Clarke who plays the dog Sylvia, and Jose Olivarez who plays Greg.
Shown from left are Cassandra B. Clarke who plays the dog Sylvia, and Jose Olivarez who plays Greg.

The communication and theatre arts department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is going to the dogs. Well, maybe just one dog…Sylvia. Students will perform the A.R. Gurney play Sylvia in November at the Lab Theatre in room 123 of the Drama Arts Building.
Performances Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16 and 17 and Friday, Nov. 19, will begin at 7:30 p.m. while matinee performances Thursday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 21, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5. This play is rated PG-13. For more information, call 361-593-3417.

Directed by Dr. Patrick Faherty, associate professor in the communications and theatre arts department, the play tells the “tail” of a dog named Sylvia and her owners Greg and Kate. The married couple has moved to Manhattan after 22 years of living in the suburbs while raising their children. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, but Kate’s career as an English teacher is beginning to offer more opportunities.
Greg finds Sylvia in the park with only a name identification tag and brings her home where she becomes a major “bone” of contention between husband and wife. Sylvia offers Greg an escape from the frustration of his job and the unknowns of middle age, but the dog becomes a rival for affection for Kate.
The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise and Sylvia become a valued part of their lives.
The part of Sylvia the dog is played by Cassandra B. Clarke, a senior theater arts major from Three Rivers. Greg is played by Jose Olivarez, a junior theatre arts and music major from Taft, while Kate is played by Leah Lizzett Luna, a junior theatre arts major from Del Rio.
Other cast members include Tom, played by Michael Mendez, a sophomore communications and theatre arts major from Corpus Christi; Phyllis, played by Brittany Best, a sophomore history major from Laredo; and Leslie, played by Vanessa Jurado, a junior theatre arts education and Spanish major from Eagle Pass.
Betsy Walker, a senior communications major from Ben Bolt, is the assistant director and Aaron Adame, a sophomore theatre arts major from Corpus Christi, is the stage manager.  

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