Cape May Stage, a premier professional not-for-profit Equity theatre, continues its 2019 season with the opening of Sylvia on Wednesday, June 26. Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, focuses on a couple who have moved back to New York City after spending years in the suburbs raising their family. Just as they are ready for the next phase of their lives to begin, Greg finds a stray dog named Sylvia in the park and is immediately captivated by her. As he brings her home and tries to keep her, his wife Kate is not pleased with this latest development and Sylvia becomes a bone of contention between the couple. This howlingly funny play is not to be missed!
Directing Sylvia is Award-winning director, actor and Producing Artistic Director Roy Steinberg. “Cape May Stage aspires to entertain you while you are provoked with new experiences.” The 2019 season is all about the unexpected and how the characters in each play handle these surprising moments and revelations. Sylvia is a perfect example of how one unexpected moment can completely turn lives upside down, for better and for worse.
Kate Berg makes her Cape May Stage debut as the precocious pooch Sylvia. Kate received her BFA in acting from the University of Michigan and has appeared in NY as Ophelia in Hamlet, regionally in Bad Jews at American Stage, Echoes at Urbanite Theatre, and Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at the Theater Barn. She also received a ton of enthusiastic and energetic help from Archer and Casey, two goldendoodles, that helped her prepare for her canine debut.
Also making his Cape May Stage debut is Michael Scott, who plays the smitten dog lover Greg. Michael’s TV and Film credits include All My Children, One Life to Live, Stella, and Proud. He has appeared on Broadway in 110 in the Shade, Follies, Showboat, Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway, he has performed in The Fantasticks, Abby’s Song, Dodsworth, and The Drunkard.
Returning to Cape May Stage as the dog naysayer wife, Kate, is Kate McCauley Hathaway who most recently played Erma Bombeck in Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End and also appeared in Cape May Stage’s productions of I Hate Hamlet, Steel Magnolias, and Other Desert Cities. On tour and regionally, Kate has performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables, Eva Peron in Evita, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, among many others. Kate is also a theatrical producer: Ann, presented at Lincoln Center about former Texas Governor Ann Richards, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, (as an investing producer) and has invested in other Broadway productions.
Also returning to Cape May Stage is Andy Prosky, who tackles the very different roles of Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie. Previous Cape May Stage credits include Social Security, The Glass Menagerie, Patsy Cline: A Portrait In Song, and The Price. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center in King Lear and at The Delacorte Theatre in Titus Andronicus. His TV and film credits include Fosse/Verdon on FX, The Path on Hulu, John Adams on HBO, ER and Law And Order on NBC, Taking Woodstock, The Land Of Steady Habits, A Birders Guide To Everything, Mrs. Doubtfire and Men In Black.
Sylvia runs Wednesday, June 26 to Friday, August 2 with performances Tuesday – Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Opening Night is Thursday, June 27 with a red carpet entrance and after-party. There will be a special talk-back after the July 19 performance.
Opening on Thursday, August 8 with a preview performance on Wednesday, August 7 is Sidekicked, a new play about America’s favorite sidekick, Vivian Vance, who famously played Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy. As the last night of filming “I Love Lucy” is about to begin, Vivian calls for an emergency analyst appointment because she has a lot to get off her chest including news of Lucy and Desi’s divorce, an offer for a spin-off with a despised co-star and fears about her mental health. This one-woman-play stars Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actress Sally Mayes as Vivian Vance. Sidekicked runs Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, September 20, Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m.
For ticket information, visit capemaystage.org or call the box office at 609-770-8311.