Photo Flash: The Cape Playhouse Presents SYLVIA By A.R. Gurney

By: Jun. 26, 2018

The Cape Playhouse very proudly presents, Sylvia, the acclaimed comedy by two-time Pulitzer Prize-nominee A.R. Gurney. Starring Playhouse favorite Jennifer Cody, Michele Pawk, John Dossett, and Stephen DeRosa, and directed by Matt Lenz, Sylvia runs June 26-July 7, 2018.

In Sylvia, Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comedic and touching effect. This wonderful look into the complexities of love and commitment asks what it truly means to be devoted to your partner... and how do you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend?

Jennifer Cody stars at Sylvia. Jen is a Playhouse favorite after being featured productions such as Gypsy, Cabaret, Odd Couple, Boeing, Boeing, Hello Dolly!, and Lend Me A Tenor. On Broadway, Jen has been in the original companies of Shrek the musical, Pajama Game, Taboo, Urinetown the musical, and Seussical, as well as the Broadway companies of A Christmas Story, Grease, Beauty and the Beast and Cats and has created original roles in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, Charles Bush's Judith of Bethulia, Cleopatra and Henry and Mudge. Her TV and Film credits include "Phineas and Ferb," "Gravity Falls," "Mickey Mouse's Roadster Racers," "American Dad," Khumba, Lucky Stiff, "Law and Order," "Daily Show," and "The David Letterman Show." Her voice can be heard on many cartoons and commercials. She won the Annie Award (Voice Over Oscar) for Best Vocal Performance in a Major motion picture for her work as Charlotte LeBouff in Disney's Princess and the Frog.

Michele Pawk plays Kate. Michele's Broadway credits include Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Hollywood Arms (Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk & Outer Critics' Circle Award nominations), Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You (Drama Desk nomination), and Mail. Off- Broadway she appeared in Picnic, Giant, A Small Fire (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominations), The Paris Letter (Drama Desk nomination), Reefer Madness, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Little Night Music. Her regional credits include Levity, Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike, Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination), The Fall To Earth, Natural History, and The Gig. Her television appearances include: "Madam Secretary," "Law & Order," "The Golden Girls," "Dear John," and "Quantum Leap."

John Dossett (Greg) has appeared in 17 Broadway productions, including Fifth of July, Prelude To A Kiss, Ragtime, Gypsy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Dinner At Eight, The Constant Wife, Newsies, Pippin, Chicago, and War Paint. Off-Broadway and regionally he has appeared in Dear Evan Hansen, Grand Hotel, Giant (Drama Desk nom), Saved, How I Learned to Drive, A Little Night Music, and Dinner with Friends. As a Company member of Circle Rep he has appeared in Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Diviners, and El Salvador. His TV and Film credits include; "Madam Secretary," "Instinct," "Elementary," "Suits," "Law & Order," "Sex and the City," Little Manhattan, and HBO's "John Adams."

Stephen DeRosa (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie) has appeared in Broadway productions such as On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. He also appeared in the national tour of West Side Story. His Off-Broadway credits include The Government Inspector, These Paper Bullets, Love's Fire, and The Mystery of Irma Vep. His regional Credits include Yale Rep, McCarter Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, George Street Playhouse, and Berkshire Theater Group. His TV and film credits include "The Blacklist", "Cafe Society," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Ugly Betty" and as Eddie Cantor on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire.

Sylvia is directed by Matt Lenz, (Cape Playhouse: Art; Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn, Beauty and the Beast; national tours: The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story). The design team includes Michael Carnahan (scenic design), Sky Switzer (costume design), and Jaron Kent Hermansen (lighting design). Casting Director for the 2018 season is Geoff Josselson, CSA.

A.R. Gurney has written plays such as Scenes From American Life, Children, The Dining Room, The Middle Ages, Richard Cory, The Golden Age, What I Did Last Summer, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, The Snow Ball (adapted from his novel), The Old Boy, The Fourth Wall, Later Life, A Cheever Evening, Sylvia, Overtime, Let's Do It (A Cole Porter Musical), Labor Day, Far East, Darlene And The Guest Lecturer, and Ancestral Voices. He wrote libretto for Strawberry Fields, with music by Michael Torke, part of the Central Park Opera trilogy presented by the New York City Opera in the Fall of 1999. He also wrote several novels including "The Gospel According to Joe," "Entertaining Strangers," and "The Snow Ball." He won several awards including Drama Desk, N.E.A., Rockefeller Foundation, New England Theatre Conference, Lucille Lortel, American Association of Community Theatres, and American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He has honorary degrees from Williams College and Buffalo State University. Gurney was on the faculty of M.I.T. until 1996. He is the husband of one, father of four, and grandfather of six.

Playing June 26 through July 7, performances are Monday through Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm and Saturdays at 4:00 pm.

Tickets begin at $20.00, and can be purchased at, at the Cape Playhouse Box Office (820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis, MA), or by phone at 508-385-3911.

Photo credit: The Cape Playhouse


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