Theatre Presents "Sylvia" at Homecoming
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s theatre department will look decidedly different this season, stepping away from last year’s dramatic run and focusing on laughs. In its first production of the 2019-2020 season, Wayland presents the A.R. Gurney comedy “Sylvia.”
The production will run Homecoming weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 with shows at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box studio theater. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and may be purchased online by going to wbu.edu/school-of-fine-arts and clicking on the current theatre season link.
In another change for the theatre season, “Sylvia” will be directed by Mark Kirk. Although Kirk has directed one other show at Wayland, this is his first as Interim Director of Theatre, since the retirement of Dr. Marti Runnels last spring. Runnels led the theatre department 1989-2019.
Set in New York in the 1980s, “Sylvia” looks at the human condition as Greg, played by Ian Kirk, brings home a dog, Sylvia. Greg quickly falls in love with the dog forming a love triangle between Greg, his wife, Kate, played by Tammy Brooks and the dog, played by Ella Ashley.
“Utter chaos ensues as it starts forcing Greg and Kate to redefine their marriage,” Kirk said. “It’s a really fun show in that all the human characters in this play are really confused. They don’t know who they are. Greg is going through this crisis where he’s not happy with the job he’s been doing. Kate has tired of being a stay at home mom, raising kids.”
Greg and Kate run into a myriad of other characters, all played by Alex Glass, who have helpful advice as they try to work through their problems.
“The interesting thing is that all of these characters, when they run into Sylvia -- Sylvia just drives them nuts,” Kirk said. “Sylvia is just pure love. At several points in the play, they really start discussing what love really is and it is always the dog that is their teacher.”
Kirk said guests on the Halloween night performance are encouraged to show up in costume. The theatre department will give out prizes for the best costumes. The house opens at 7 p.m. each night with the performance starting at 7:30. The play runs a little less than two hours.