Sylvia Opens Jan. 20 at the Warehouse

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…labradoodle?!

That’s the case for empty-nesters Greg and Kate, whose relationship struggles are brought to stage in Sylvia. The modern romantic comedy opens Jan. 20 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center and runs for three weeks.

Managing Artistic Director Marla Brown directs the endearing comedy, featuring actors Debra Allebach, Roger Watson, Cat Rutledge, Melissa Bowden and Jim Esposito.

Greg and Kate (Watson and Rutledge) are happily settled in their life when Greg falls for Sylvia, a sweet dog in need of a home. Kate is not interested in keeping a dog, forcing Greg to choose between her and the other “woman.”

Watson and Allbach rehearse for Sylvia.

Allbach comments on her role, “Playing a dog on stage has been a fun acting challenge. My character, Sylvia, is playful, lovable, and streetwise all at the same time. She is not afraid to boldly speak her mind, yet desperately wants to win the hearts of her new owners. I’ve received a lot of inspiration from my own dog, a rescue black lab. It’s fun to watch her and humanize what she’s thinking.”

“Sylvia comes to life with the beautiful performance of Debra Allebach! She is amazing, stay tuned everyone!” Brown exclaimed on the rehearsal progress.

Sylvia opens the 2017 season at the Warehouse, which promises shows and films that span multiple genres and styles. The Warehouse selects its shows for each season with input from theatre artists who are experts on both theater history and contemporary works. Their choices are bold, unexpected, and engaging, combining works many may know, and works many not know – but should.

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