Clare Rose Playhouse Presents "Sylvia"

PATCHOGUE, NY – JUNE 19, 2009 – The Clare Rose Playhouse, a community theatre located on the Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s College, will continue its 2008-09 season with Sylvia, a heartfelt comedy by A.R. Gurney. The show will run July 10–26, 2009.

Sylvia is the story of Greg and Kate, a middle-class couple who have recently relocated to New York City after having raised their children in the suburbs for 22 years. Everything is peaceful until Greg brings a stray dog, Sylvia, home from the park. Things go awry and tensions flare, but Greg and Kate learn to laugh through the complications and their empty nest becomes empty no longer.

A.R. Gurney is an American educator, playwright and novelist with works including The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room and Love Letters. His work mostly focuses on the middle class and issues of the common person. In 2006, Gurney was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Individual tickets for this show are priced at $15; $12 for students and seniors. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, please call the box office at 631.654.0199.

The Clare Rose Playhouse, which serves as a major teaching facility for the College’s Theater courses, is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Avenue) in Patchogue, on the northeast corner of the campus of St. Joseph’s College. A former cottage converted in 1985 through the generosity and guidance of the man for whom it is named, the Playhouse serves as a major teaching facility for the College’s theater courses and a training ground for young actors. The Playhouse is the site of community theater productions of musicals, dramas, comedies, cabaret acts, musical performances, dance troupes and comedians.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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