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Auditions for the fall DAC Stage production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney are being held on Sunday, September 24 from noon to 3:00 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Four adults, ages 18 and older, need to be cast for the production, which will run on weekends from November 3 through 11. Directed by Christian Amato.

The plot of Sylvia involves Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park, or that has found him, bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Those auditioning should perform a short comedic monologue or they may read from the script, and provide a photo and resume if possible. Preparing a monologue from the play is recommended. Selections from the script will be provided at the auditions. Parts to be cast are:

GREG: Male, Adult, Late 40s - 60s, New York or New England accent. Greg is a man heading towards middle age. A man coming to the natural conclusion of his career and struggling to cope with the changes in his world and in himself.
KATE: Female, Adult, Late 40s - 60s, New York or East Coast accent. A woman coming into her own in her career and in herself; her and Greg’s last child has gone to college. Kate is a high school teacher whose career recognition and opportunities are opening up for her.
SYLVIA: Female, Young Adult, 20s - 30s, New York or Standard American accent. Sylvia is a dog, an adorable labra-doodle. Must be fit and agile, the role is physically demanding.
TOM/PHYLLIS/LESLIE: One actor plays all three roles:
TOM: Male, Adult, 30s - 40s, New York accent. Tom is a friendly man, who enjoys taking his dog Bowser to play in the park. He befriends Greg in the park.
PHYLLIS: Female, Adult, 40s - 60s, American accent -- East Coast, WASP. Phyllis is a wealthy New York City socialite, and old school friend of Kate’s.
LESLIE: Male or Female, Adult, 30s - 60s, Standard American or New York accent. Leslie is a therapist and marriage counselor.

The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, behind Darien Town Hall. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

DAC STAGE 2017-2018


A DAC Stage original production
September 30th, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Audience members will be transported back to the Beatles frenzy of 1964 at this fun- filled event featuring a live band performing the band’s popular favorites. Join us for a family-friendly evening that is all about the Beatles. 

Please contact us at (203) 655-8683 or email us at if you are interested in volunteering for upcoming DAC Stage productions. 

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FALL | 8 Classes Tuesdays | 7:30-9:30pm October 3–November 21
$250 plus $35 Registration Fee

There’s a renewed interest in the idea of mindfulness, of being present in the moment. Using a progression of in-class exercises that lead to scene work, we will explore the idea of mindful acting. What is the difference between showing and doing, between the truth and the lie? How do we overcome our natural self-consciousness? Come play and learn with us.

Peter is an early graduate of the Acting Conservatory of SUNY Purchase. He has been acting, directing, and teaching theatre in Westchester and Fair eld Counties for the past 20 years. At the DAC he has directed “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well..”and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and has been onstage in “Six Degrees of Separation,” “A Month in the Country,” “Almost, Maine,” and “Baby.” 


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