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'Sylvia' at Hilliard Darby

Dog is couple's bone of contention in arts council play

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Bethany Schoeff (left) as Kate, Jason Anderson (center) as Greg and Krista Morelli as Sylvia the dog rehearse a scene from the Hilliard Arts Council's Nov. 16-18 production of Sylvia at the Experimental Theater at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road.

The Hilliard Arts Council will present the comedy Sylvia, Nov. 16-18 at Hilliard Darby High School.

Director Robin Brenneman described Sylvia as a modern romantic comedy about a married couple, Greg and Kate, and a dog, Sylvia.

"Greg and Kate are empty-nesters who move to Manhattan from the suburbs," Brenneman said. "Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career as a teacher is starting to offer more opportunities."

Greg finds Sylvia in the park and brings her home. The dog becomes a source of contention for Greg and Kate.

American playwright and novelist A.R. Gurney wrote Sylvia, which ran for 167 performances on Broadway in 1995 with a cast that included Sarah Jessica Parker in the role of Sylvia.

Hilliard Davidson High School graduate Krista Morelli, a veteran of Hilliard Arts Council productions, is cast in the title role of Sylvia.

Hilliard High School graduate Jason Anderson plays the role of Greg and Hilliard resident Bethany Schoeff plays Kate.

The supporting cast includes Hilliard graduate Leslie Shaffer as Phyllis, Kate's friend, and Brian Palmer in a dual role as Tom, Greg's friend, and Leslie, a psychiatrist treating the couple.

The five performers comprise the entire cast.

Ed Daniel is the technical director of the production. D.J. Williams, a Hilliard graduate, is the assistant director.

Brenneman said she is directing Sylvia for the first time.

"We've seen Sylvia a couple of times and loved it. I thought it would be a good show for us to do," she said.

Performance times are at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Experimental Theater at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. Advance tickets may be ordered by phone at 614-527-4407 or may be purchased at the door.