Sylvia

Sponsored by

  • Barbara O’Hara
  • An Anonymous Dog Lover
  • One Lincoln Park
  • An Anonymous Friend

Sylvia

by A.R. Gurney
directed by Marya Spring Cordes

April 25 – May 12, 2019

Middle-aged Greg brings home a dog he found—or rather, one that found him—in the park. With no other identification other than “Sylvia” on her nametag, she’s a street-smart mutt with a mind of her own and no shortage of opinions. Sylvia quickly becomes a major bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate. To him, she’s a welcome escape from an unhappy job and a loss of purpose. To Kate, Sylvia’s a slobbering, hairy rival for her husband’s affection. This ingenious take on a twisted love triangle leads to plenty of laughs and revelations on love and marriage…and a dog.

This show is rated PG-15

Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under the age of 15.

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Sponsored by

  • Barbara O’Hara
  • An Anonymous Dog Lover
  • One Lincoln Park
  • An Anonymous Friend

Performance Schedule

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Special Performance Legend

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Thursday night Preview Performance

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Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm

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Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby

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Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance

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Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm

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Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)

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Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)

Creative Team

A.R. Gurney • Playwright

Marya Spring Cordes*+ • Director

Marya Spring Cordes*+ • Director

Marya Spring Cordes has a career that is a blissful blend of performing, directing and teaching other theatre artists. She serves as Head of Acting in Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and is the founding Acting and Alexander Technique instructor for WSU’s Musical Theatre/Acting Preparatory Program (MAPP) for ages 12-18. At The Human Race Theatre Company, her directing credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs, Becky’s New Car, and Managing Maxine. At WSU, her most recent production was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In recent years, Marya has been onstage regionally in Human Race’s Americana Christmas, Dayton Philharmonic/Human Race Theatre Company’s Best of Broadway I & II at the Schuster Center and Columbus’s Short North Stage as Desiree in A Little Night Music. She is an active member of the Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and serves on the elected Board of Alexander Technique International. Marya is a proud Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.

Eric Moore • Scenic Designer

Eric Moore • Scenic Designer

Eric Moore has a BFA from Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures. For the past few years he has designed and worked for HRTC as Head Carpenter and Charge Artist. Professional credits include Scenic Design for The Human Race’s Americana Christmas, Sex with Strangers, Hail Mary!, Steel Magnolias and Miracle on South Division Street as well as Footloose, The Wizard of Oz, and The Music Man with the Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival. Educational experience includes Rent and Picnic with Wright State University.

Jessica Pitcairn • Costume Designer

Jessica Pitcairn is thrilled to be back at The Human Race for her third season after designing costumes for A Christmas Story and 26 Pebbles. As a freelancer, Jessica has designed for The Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and The Know Theatre. She also designs for Xavier University, where she will be teaching costume design next year. Some favorite designs for XU include Mr. Burns: a post electric play, Next to Normal, Urinetown, and Cabaret. Jessica spent nearly a decade in New York City working as an assistant costume designer and costume coordinator for television (Law & Order), film (Eat Pray Love), and theatre (Manhattan Theatre Club). MFA: Brandeis University. BFA: Denison University.

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida. Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2015-16 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2015-16 season at the Schuster Center. John freely admits that he often loses his copies of the shows’ scripts.

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay is a HRTC veteran and Resident Artist. Sound Design/Original Composition credits: Sweeney Todd; Master Class; The Glass Menagerie; The Santaland Diaries; The Full Monty; Taking Shakespeare; Crowns and others. Music Director/Musician credits: Fiddler on the Roof; Mame; Play It by Heart; Next to Normal; Avenue Q; and Red-Blooded, All-American Man as Sound Designer/Conductor/Co-Music Director/Guitarist/Arranger (take your pick). Jay has designed sound/incidental music for countless voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations, as well as conjuring sound at many venues throughout the region. He owns/runs a professional recording studio (Ardmore Underground) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.

Jacquelyn Duncan • Production Stage Manager

Jacquelyn Duncan is ecstatic to be Stage Managing Banned from Baseball. Jacquelyn is originally from Toledo, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Design/Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. You’ve seen Jacquelyn working for the Human Race as the Production Assistant since Hail Mary! in October 2016 and as the Production Stage Manager since Brighton Beach Memoirs last spring. Jacquelyn is a proud member of The Actors Equity Association and wants to remind you to follow The Human Race Theatre on all social media!

Cast

Jen Joplin*+ • Kate

Jen Joplin*+ • Kate

Jen Joplin (Kate) is thrilled to be back on stage at The Race. A graduate of Wright State, she’s worked with The Human Race for over 25 years! HRTC audiences have seen her as Erma Bombeck in At Wit’s End, in the world premiere of 26 Pebbles, as Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Annette in God of Carnage… too many favorites to mention them all. She’s called Cincinnati home for over seven years now where she’s performed at ETC as Aimee in The Humans, Rosemary in Outside Mullingar, Ruth in Tribes and Gwen in Rapture, Blister, Burn. She’s also performed at Cincy Shakes as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra among others, and at Know Theatre as Virginie in last year’s thriller The Man-Beast. Ms. Joplin is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and is the founder and coaching artist for Spotlight Training. Her love and thanks go out to her husband Jason and son Max but this show is dedicated to the puppies of her life - Hobo, Puck and Superdog.

Jason Podplesky* • Greg

Jason Podplesky* • Greg

Jason Podplesky is thrilled to be returning to The Human Race having previously appeared in Becky’s New Car and 26 Pebbles. Regionally, he has worked at The Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Contemporary American Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Red Herring Theatre Company, and The Know Theatre of Cincinnati. In New York he has worked at The Flea Theater, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Public Theater, MCC, The Gallery Players, and was a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. Jason is currently an adjunct professor at both Wright State and Wittenberg Universities.

Rory Sheridan • Tom/Phyllis/Leslie

Rory Sheridan • Tom/Phyllis/Leslie

Rory Sheridan is excited to return to the HRTC after playing Jack in last season’s production of Brighton Beach Memoirs. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory and The Experimental Theatre Wing. Other credits include Neverwhere at The Know Theatre of Cincinnati, The Prince Hamlet with WhyNot Theatre of Toronto, A Few Good Men with Cincinnati Landmark Productions, Saint Joan with Diogenes Theatre, and Death of Nations at New York’s PS 122. All the best to friends, family, and Winston Pebb.

Alex Sunderhaus* • Sylvia

Alex Sunderhaus* • Sylvia

Alex is doggone thrilled to be back home again at The Human Race Theatre Company! Previous shows include; Brian Park’s Regional Premiere of The House (Lindsay), Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch (Melanie), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Nina), and August: Osage County (Karen). Alex recently appeared in London UK and the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as Lindsay in The House led by a Fringe First winning team. Other regional: Seminar at The Kitchen, Boeing Boeing at Millbrook Playhouse, Tina in Tony n Tina’s Wedding on tour and BACC Best Principal Actress nominee as Emily in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Seared at San Francisco Playhouse. Proud AEA member and BFA graduate from Wright State University. For Barbie.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.