Director's Notes:
On the surface, A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia is a play about a man and his inappropriate relationship with a dog. When we dig down into it, we see that it really is about Greg and Kate, and their journey to adjust to new life circumstances now that they are “empty-nesters.” This is what most speaks to me as a director about this play - we all have had the opportunity to adjust to “The New Normal.” This is a very real, true-to-life problem, and as such I wanted the design of Sylvia to be grounded in reality while also playing into the comedic, and almost cartoonish mood the script presents to us with personified animals and eccentric over-the-top characters and situations.