Actress to play age 18-28. She is lively and expressive and has a good figure with a nice rear end. Sylvia is a dog. Though she does not move on hands and knees in the play, she should be convincing as a cute, bouncy female “labradoodle.”


Actor to play age 40-50. He is pleasantly attractive and displays a wide range of quiet male emotion. He loves his suddenly-adopted Sylvia but seems to be going through an early midlife crisis in his work and his marriage.


Actress to play age 40-50. Greg’s wife is a strong woman whose teaching career is on an upswing. She has little use for Greg’s issues and even less for his newfound best friend, Sylvia.


Ideally, these characters are played by a single actor or actress, age 30-40. Tom is a regular guy who educates Greg about dog ownership. Phyllis is a hotshot Manhattanite, Kate’s friend from college, and is prone to drama and drinking. Leslie is a psychotherapist whose gender is open to question. (The director will consider spitting these roles among 2 or 3 men or women – actors are encouraged to audition for one, two or all three of these roles).

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Theatre 29 and Director Eddie Tucker will hold open auditions for all parts in the 2017 Season opener. “Sylvia”, the hilarious comedy by A. R. Gurney, is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older.

Greg is tired of his job in finance, looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But his wife Kate, looking forward to some independence, is less than thrilled by the clever canine who jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch, and takes Greg’s attention. Wandering the streets of Manhattan with Sylvia, Greg feels like he has connected to a deeper, primal, more natural side of the world. Sylvia is more interested in flipping off the neighborhood cat, or flirting at the dog park. Sylvia exerts such a charismatic pull even Greg’s 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 sees Sylvia not as a threat, but as a new member of her family.

Tucker, who directed the hit Comedy “The Sunshine Boys” in 2016 and “The Man from Earth” in 2015 at Theatre 29 has set his auditions for Monday, November 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m., at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Rd, Twentynine Palms.

Auditions will consist of Cold reading.

“Sylvia” will run for nine performances over three weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from January 13th through January 29th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00pm, the three Sunday performances are at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are available at or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 General admission, $12.00 for Seniors and Military and $8.00 for students with ID. Because of strong language, “Sylvia” is not recommended for children under 13.


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