Sunset's Campbell Will Direct Hairspray's Jolley in Sylvia

News   Sunset's Campbell Will Direct Hairspray's Jolley in Sylvia
The Hot Summer Nights series at the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh, NC, will launch its new season June 17 with the A.R. Gurney comedy Sylvia.
Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell

Sunset Boulevard Tony nominee Alan Campbell will direct the production, which runs through June 28.

The cast will be headed by Hairspray's Lisa Jolley in the title role with Robbie Gay (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie), Adam Twiss (Greg) and Cassandra Vallery (Kate).

Sylvia, according to press notes, "tells the tale of 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 name tag. The smart talking Lab and Poodle mix 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."

Campbell, who will be making his directorial debut, said in a statement, "It's wonderful to be able to have a hand in every aspect in the creation of a show. Thrilling and scary but ultimately enormously satisfying."

The creative team will also include Kristin Grieneisen (production stage manager), Curtis Jones (technical director/lighting designer), Phil Valera (sound designer), Leanne Heintz (props mistress/sound technician) and Casey Watkins (costume designer). A portion of the proceeds from the June 21 matinee of Sylvia will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County.

Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 3 PM.

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