Below is the latest press release sent out by the theater company. This promises to be a great production, and one that will benefit two additional worthy organizations. Here’s the release:
Center Players presents Sylvia July 22-August 21
Opening Night Fundraiser to Benefit Rose’s Fund and MCSPCA
Freehold, New Jersey, July 11, 2011— Animal lovers rejoice! Center Players presents Sylvia, a howlingly funny adult comedy about a love triangle between a middle-aged man, the dog he adopts and his surprised and perplexed wife. The production includes an opening night fundraiser to benefit two worthy animal loving organizations: Rose’s Fund for Animals and the Monmouth County SPCA.
Sylvia was written by A.R. Gurney, author of Love Letters, and starred Sarah Jessica Parker in the title role during its Broadway run in 1995. The play offers audiences an intriguing plot: Greg is frustrated by his job and in the midst of a mid-life crisis. After an altercation with his boss, Greg visits the park and finds an abandoned dog wearing a name tag with just her name, Sylvia. He brings the dog home, much to the chagrin of his successful wife Kate, who is at the peak of her career and enjoying their empty nest now that the kids have moved out. Kate is not happy about bringing a dog into their apartment and begins to feel left out and jealous of Greg’s relationship with the new resident in her home.
Sylvia was directed by Carla Zackson Heller, who recently starred as Mrs. Almond in Center Players’ May production of The Heiress. The production stars Caitlin Martin of Leonardo as Sylvia, Tim Kelsey of Neptune as Greg, Lorin Ottone of Freehold and Lori Anne Casciano of Atlantic Highlands sharing the role of Kate, and Aaron Ratzan of Matawan as Trinity.
Sylvia opens at Center Playhouse on Thursday, July 21st with a fundraiser, “A Paws for Resuce,” for Rose’s Fund for Animals and the Monmouth County SPCA. Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 each; a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to both worthy organizations. The event begins at 6PM and includes a reception and a light summer buffet before the show, which begins at 7:30PM.
Rose’s Fund subsidizes veterinary bills for animal owners who are financially unable to pay the animal hospital to treat their beloved pet. The fund also assists good Samaritans trying to medically save the life of an animal but do not have the financial means to do so. The Monmouth County SPCA is dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven to homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service.
Sylvia runs for five weekends, from Friday, July 22nd until Sunday, June 5th. Please call 732-462-9093 for information about tickets and our dining packages with several fine restaurants within walking distance of our theater.