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NYDT's Auditions Announcement:

Sylvia by A.R. Gurney

New York Deaf Theatre is seeking actors for our upcoming Fall production, Sylvia, written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Garrett Zuercher. 


Greg and Kate 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. 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.


Please note that all actors must be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Some lines of Kate’s and Tom/Phyllis/Leslie will be spoken.


Sylvia (20-40 - Deaf Female, all lines performed in ASL with some verbal barking): A dog, literally. A person who walks on two legs, but with the mannerisms and mindset of a canine. Lovable and charismatic, but possesses a wicked bite. Upbeat and good-natured, yet easy to pout when scolded. Adopted by Greg, much to the dismay of Kate. Happy go lucky and eager to please.

Kate (50-70 - Hearing Female, performed in both ASL and spoken English): Upper middle class; former suburban housewife who attended night school to become an English teacher while raising her children. Now that the kids are all off to college, she and Greg - her husband of 22 years - have moved to Manhattan to start a new chapter in their lives. Quite the intellectual and social butterfly, she is attempting to use her connections to help fund her dream of incorporating Shakespeare into the public school curriculum, and she will not allow anything to get in the way of this dream of a second career. A realist. Feels that she should be enough for Greg, which means he shouldn't need Sylvia in his life. 


Greg (50-70 - Deaf Male, all lines performed in ASL): As much a romantic as Kate is a pragmatist. Dissatisfied with his long-term job as a white-collar businessman and at odds with his boss, he feels the need to start a new chapter in his life, a midlife crisis of sorts. He is as aimless as Kate is determined. Unsure of what he wants, he finds his needs fulfilled when he meets Sylvia, much to Kate's chagrin. Sylvia becomes his newfound purpose for living and he can't understand why Kate objects so much to their friendship. 


Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie (Hearing Person - any age, ethnicity, and gender; non-binary, gender-fluid, and trans actors encouraged to audition, performed in both ASL and spoken English):

  • Tom (30-50): Friendly everyman; all-American. Divorced his wife to focus on his relationship with Bowser, his dog, even though he swears he's not gay. 

  • Phyllis (50-70): Upper-crust New York society lady. Married well. Easily frazzled. College friend of Kate's. 

  • Leslie (40-60): Sexually-ambiguous and gender-undefined psychiatrist. Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath-reading intellectual. 


Please prepare video submissions for the provided Sides for the character you’re auditioning for:

Greg - ASL

Kate - ASL


Leslie - ASL

Leslie - SPOKEN

Phyllis - ASL

Sylvia - ASL

Tom - ASL


The deadline is Wednesday, September 4th.

Final Casting to be determined by Saturday, September 7th.


Rehearsals begins on September 22nd. The rehearsal schedule will be weeknights Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as well as one weekend day slot per weekend.

Tech Week: October 21 - October 26

Shows Run: Saturday, October 26 - Saturday, November 9th (no performances on Mondays and Tuesdays)

NYDT, with subject line “ATTN: Sylvia”