North Bay Stage Company is going to the dogs; at least for its October production. A resident theater company of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, it presents Sylvia, a lively, humorous look at how man’s best friend can impact the lives of others. The show will run Fridays , 10, 17 and Saturdays , 11, 18 and at on Sundays and 19, 2014. Performances will be held in the East Auditorium stage which is located at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
The play, written by A.R. Gurney, explores the post-dog phase of life for two Manhattan empty nesters who suddenly find themselves with a four-legged friend. Amid the laughter the couple poignantly finds life has a way of giving them exactly what they thought they didn’t need.
The cast and crew of Sylvia, first produced in 1995 at the Manhattan Theatre Club includes Bonnie Jean (Sylvia the dog), Jeremy Boucher (Greg), Regie Padua (Kate), and Mike Mathis (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie).
Nominated for Drama Desk Award’s Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Parker), and Outstanding Costume Design when it opened, the North Bay Stage Company version is directed by Jon Vissman.
“Playwright A.R. Gurney gives us a very hilarious look at ourselves as we seek harmony in the midst of an ever changing world, mid-life crisis and the meaning of love. Sylvia gives us a fresh look at age-old problems,” said Vissman.
During the run of this show, North Bay Stage Company will collect new and recycled dog items as well as cash donations for Green Dog Rescue Project, a Windsor-based non-profit that provides rescue, rehabilitation and relocation services. Sunday matinees will feature select adoptable dogs and sale of The Wurst hot dogs.
Refreshments for purchase include ‘dog bone’ cookies, Lagunitas Dog Town Pale Ale, and Coppola wines.
Upcoming events include Unbound which showcases the talents of one of Sonoma County’s most popular dance troupes, the RISK Dance Company, The Angel of Chatham Square written by local playwright Audie Foote, Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution and The Producers by Mel Brooks.
About North Bay Stage Company: Their mission is to provide regional actors, singers and dancers, technical crews, musicians and upcoming artists with opportunities to learn or showcase their talents. Activities include productions, play readings, group discussions, and education.