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Announcing Sylvia

posted Nov 14, 2017, 8:42 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 12:18 PM ]
DAC Stage is proud to announce our production of Sylvia, a comedy by A.R. Gurney.
 Join us for some laughs and a fun night out! 

Greg, a middle-aged husband, 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 Greg and his wife, Kate. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age, but to his wife Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. 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. 

Our production is directed by Christian Amato and produced by Carin Zakes and Nova Hall. It is sponsored by A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming in Darien and presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. 


David Jackins, who plays Greg, has previously been seen on the DAC stage as Charlie in On Golden Pond. He has also performed in Spring Awakening, The Farnsworth Invention, Our Town, and The Drowsy Chaperone with other Fairfield County companies. Dave is a founding member of Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, and is the founder/director of Creative Summer at The Mead School, which celebrated its 28th anniversary this summer. 

Jacquie Carlsen, who plays Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie, has acted in Watch on The Rhine and Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Westport Community Theater, and in The Wizard of Oz, I Remember Mama, and Guys and Dolls at Curtain Call in Stamford. Jacquie works by day as a copywriter at Conair Corporation in Stamford. 

Giovanna Olcese, Sylvia in the production, studied with Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab and is a member of the Theater Artist Workshop of Connecticut. Her most recent projects include The Incident and The 39 Steps with The Westport Community Theatre, Time Stands Still with Town Players of New Canaan, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with the Vagabond Theatre Company. 

Susan Stanton plays the role of Kate. She has been seen in Doubt and Rabbit Hole with Westport Community Theatre, on ABC television’s All My Children and in several Play with Your Food performances. Theatre Artists Workshop projects include her original performance pieces Forever & Always and Weightless. Letting Go, a film for which she choreographed and performed, premiered at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival. 

Christian Amato is a director, producer and theatrical strategist who has produced over 45 off-Broadway productions. He has served as a producer for Rocky and The Color Purple and has developed successful campaigns on Broadway for productions such as Kinky Boots, Matilda, Mothers and Sons and It's Only A Play. He served as founder and producing artistic director of The Theatre Project and Shakespeare Off-Broadway, which TheaterMania has hailed as "Exciting and innovative." 

November 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8pm and November 5 & 11 at 2pm

Performances take place in the 
DAC Weatherstone Studio 
at 2 Renshaw Road 
Behind the Darien Town Hall. 

Tickets are $25. For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683. 

Audience members can enter a raffle to win one free mobile dog grooming from sponsor, A Total Look, Mobile Dog Grooming, at DAC Stage performances of Sylvia. Winner will be announced after the final performance of Sylvia, on November 11th and published here, on the Darien Arts Center website.

Many thanks to our sponsor A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming!

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