Summary

Summary

SYLVIA
By A. R. Gurney

This summer, Elements Theatre Company presents A. R. Gurney’s play, 

Sylvia—a smart, playful, sophisticated and occasionally gritty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older. A recent Broadway hit, Sylvia tells the entertaining story of an exuberant, lovable dog who changes the lives of a middle aged couple. Greg and Kate have entered the empty-nest time in life and have moved to Manhattan after 20 years in the suburbs. Greg is struggling with being dissatisfied with his job while Kate is excited about her new teaching opportunities and new found freedom. Sylvia enters into the middle of their relationship, challenging their marriage and their habitual points of view.

Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy, Sylvia…” The New York Times

Gurney’s mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…”  BackStage

Performances:  7:30pm
Dinner Theatre:  Saturdays, 12 and 19 at 6:00pm
Paraclete House, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Tickets: Play only:  $35 Regular; $30 Seniors; Free  for 18 & under
Dinner & Play:  $65 Regular;  $60 Seniors; $30 for 18 & under

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Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

A. R. Gurney, Playwright

  • A. R. (“Pete”) Gurney was born in 1930 into a prosperous family in Buffalo, New York, “surrounded by plays” – at school, on the radio, at charity performances, weekend trips to theatres and Broadway.
  • He graduated from Williams College in 1952 and served as an officer in the Navy, on a giant aircraft carrier during the Korean War.
  • He’s known for loving musicals and while on the aircraft carrier that had a ship’s orchestra, he wrote musicals. He loved it and because of it, went to Yale School of Drama.
  • For many years, he taught literature at M.I.T., but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre.
  • He likes to write about issues people can understand and identify with, about his own experiences. He’s written plays about falling in love and how to deal with kids. When his started to leave the nest, he wrote about that.  As he’s been getting older, he’s written about that.
  • He’s one of the most prolific and often produced playwrights working today, author of more than 40 plays, including The Dining Room, The Cocktail hour, The Perfect Party and Sylvia.
  • At 85, he wrote Love and Money, maybe his last play, maybe not!
  • He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • He received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 61st Annual Obie Awards, 2016.
  • Gurney has been married to his wife Molly for over fifty years and they have four children and eight grandchildren.
  • They live in Roxbury, Connecticut and New York City. They loved six dogs over the years who were: Porgy, Sambo, Alice, Joe, Snoozer and Bill.

News & Reviews

News & Reviews

From the Director

From the Director

See and Hear

See and Hear

Elements Theatre Company’s First Read of SylviaIMG_1210 (2)

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