Auditions Announced for SYLVIA at Village Players

VP_logoVillage Players is excited to announce auditions for SYLVIA directed by Steven Ducker!

Auditions will take place Friday October 22nd at 7pm and Saturday October 23rd at noon at Village Players in Fort Thomas.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Masks are required during the audition process. Resumes required, headshots preferred.

Video auditions of a short comedic/dramatic monologue that shows strong, bold, interesting choices will also be accepted. Send video auditions to villageplayersoffortthomas@gmail.com. Please email director Steven Ducker with further questions at stevd1012@yahoo.com. See you then!

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 which 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.

Sylvia (Female, 20s) – A stray dog found by Greg; she is lively and expressive, attractive; though she does not move on hands and knees for most of the play she will at times and, the role requires a degree of physicality and an ability to be uninhibited; actress should be convincing as a cute, bouncy female “labradoodle” . Strong comedic timing is essential.

Greg (Male, 40s, 50s) – Displays a wide range of quiet male emotion; he loves his suddenly –adopted dog Sylvia but seems to be going through an early midlife crisis in his work and his marriage.

Kate (Female, 40s, 50s) – 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.

Tom, Phyllis, Leslie (Any Age – Actor plays all three roles) – Tom is a regular macho 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.

Performance dates are April 29-May 7.

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