Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz

A. R. Gurney

Same cast from 2009.
Directed by Diana Torres Koss

May 3 - 28, 2017

Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: "The dog phase of my life is definitely over." But life has a way of giving you what you think you don't want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect.

"full of theatrical intelligence and writerly skill." -- NY Times

This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:

The Shubert Foundation



















Diana Torres Koss (Director/Sound Designer) was most recently seen on the Jewel stage as Eunice Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire, the Accompanist in Master Class, Saunders the maid in Fallen Angels, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls which was Jewel's first show in the brand new Colligan Theater. Previous roles for Jewel include Muriel (Woman in Mind), The Dresser (Enter the Guardsman), Rhetta Cupp (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Queen Elizabeth (Mary Stuart), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Bunny (House of Blues Leaves), Joanne (Company), Woman 2 (Starting Here, Starting Now), and Peggy's Mother (Peggy, The Musical - staged reading). She composed original music and designed sound with her husband, John Koss, for Jewel's Arcadia and Saint Joan, co-directed Blithe Spirit with Julie James, directed the huge comedy hit Sylvia (to be remounted this Spring!), accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do!, and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. Other regional roles: Theatreworks - Prism (Being Earnest, Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Mary Todd Lincoln (A Civil War Christmas); Palo Alto Players - Margaret (Light in the Piazza); San Jose Stage Company - Pennywise (Urinetown), Betty (Great American Trailer Park Musical). A teaching artist for the non-profit Starting Arts, Diana is also a director, music director, piano teacher, and vocal and acting coach. Proud member of Actors Equity since 1992.


Shaun Carroll* (Greg) is very grateful to be working fulltime with Jewel Theatre Company. He last appeared on stage with Jewel as Willy Banbury in Fallen Angels, and Bill Windsor in Woman in Mind. Previously, he has appeared around the greater Bay Area. Most recently as MacDuff in MacBeth for Capital Stage, Howie in Rabbit Hole for Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, Jake in Evil Dead; The Musical, and Amos in Chicago for the Willows Theatre Company. Shaun is also the prop master for Jewel Theatre.

Diahanna Davidson* (Kate) is happy to return to Jewel Theatre Company where she last appeared as Susan in Woman in Mind. Other Jewel credits include Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Company (Sarah) and, of course, Kate in Jewel's original production of Sylvia in 2009. Diahanna has appeared in commercials for Livermore Ford, Dignity Home Health and Salesforce. As a voice actor, her most recent credits include Audible and Samsung. Diahanna is also a rock singer and drummer and loves rocking out alongside her guitarist husband in their rock band, Bad with People. Diahanna currently resides in Manhattan with her amazing husband, Tom, and their adorable dog, Raiko. This performance is dedicated to them, as well as the parents of Gus and Birdie.

J.T. Holstrom* (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie) J.T. is very happy to be reunited with JTC and his fellow cast members. Since J.T. was last seen on the JTC stage he has been travelling extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe directing and appearing in Cabaret. He was last seen on the Peninsula in Pacific Rep's Spamalot and Beauty and the Beast. This summer he will be reprising yet another role – Captain Hook in PRT's production of Peter Pan. J.T. has received his theatre training from the University of Utah, Boston Conservatory, American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the Yale School of Drama. He would also like to thank Julie James for tracking him down and making it possible to recreate some of his favorite characters. His performance is dedicated to the memory of Dianne Young...."Rien de rien....Je ne regrette rien...".

Julie James* (Sylvia) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has acted and directed in several shows including The Dance of Death, A Streetcar Named Desire, Guys and Dolls, Complications from a Fall, Harper Regan, What the Butler Saw, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Arcadia, One for the Road, Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and Raised in Captivity. She has also performed with several other theatres, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.