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Title character Dana Tickner, center, comes between Julie Hatfield, left, and Eden McGrew in “Sylvia,” opening Friday.

Plays for Non Profits’ production of “Sylvia”, a two-act comedy, opens Friday.

The play by A.R. Gurney stars Dana Tickner in the title role. She is a lively dog adopted by a middle-aged, empty-nester New York City couple played by Julie Hatfield and Eden McGrew. Of course, Sylvia turns their lives upside down and creates comedic chaos for well-meaning supporting characters — all played by Jesse Harkin.

Deb Currier, a professor of Theater Arts at Western Washington University, directs the show and is excited about bringing it to Gorge audiences. “What a treat it is to direct such a fun, warm-hearted comedy with talented actors and community members I haven’t worked with before,” he said, “I am also thrilled to be directing a show that benefits such great non-profits whose causes are close to my heart.”

Lynda Dallman, in her 13th year as producer of Plays for Non Profits, said she is especially pleased that two local non-profits will share in the proceeds from the show.

“It’s wonderful when organizations like Helping Hands Against Violence and Adopt a Dog can provide shelter and services for people and pets when they need them the most. I am so grateful for their work in our communities and also want to thank our sponsors, Celilo and Hood River Public Storage & Cascade Pet Camp for their financial support of the production.”

All performances are at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue in Hood River.

Plays for Non-Profits produces plays in the Columbia River Gorge to benefit local area non-profits.

Hood River Adopt A Dog is the local non-profit organization that cares for shelter dogs at the Hukari Animal Shelter in Odell.

Helping Hands Against Violence is a non-profit organization which supports survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking through advocacy, shelter, education and outreach.

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