The play, opening Friday, follows the story of Greg, a middle-aged man who finds himself dissatisfied with life. He finds Sylvia, a dog, in the park and becomes attached to her — but he seems to be the only one with those feelings. After bringing Sylvia home, Greg’s wife refuses to keep the dog and wants her gone. Throughout the play, the bond between Greg and Sylvia grows deeper as her stay in the household becomes more permanent.
Jessica Cross, who plays Sylvia, said she was initially skeptical about playing a dog and was unsure how that would come across on stage.
“It’s kind of weird to be a human playing an animal,” Cross said. “But the writing with this play is so well done there aren’t any weird or awkward moments.”
Cross said she uses her puppy, Malcolm, as inspiration for her role.
Travis Gray, who plays Greg, said the play will resonate with anyone who’s ever felt like his or her life has hit a plateau.
“When you’re unhappy with life, you become attached to anything that gives you an outlet or distraction,” Gray said. “I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling.”
“Sylvia” is rated PG-13 for language and talk of canine sexual activity.
If you go
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 11, 18.
Where: Pullman Civic Theatre, 1220 NW Nye St., Pullman
Cost: Tickets are $12 for 7:30 p.m. showtimes and $10 for matinee showtimes. Tickets are available in Pullman at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts and Dissmore’s IGA or at www.pullmancivictheatre.org.