Broadway stage manager directs Clear Space Theater show

“Other Desert Cities,” a Tony-nominated Broadway play, opened Sept. 15 at the Clear Space Theater and will continue with performances Sept. 22-25. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

This Clear Space selection has a direct link to the original Broadway production through its director. “Other Desert Cities” premiered off-Broadway in January 2011 and reopened on Broadway in November 2011, with James Fitzsimmons as production manager. Fitzsimmons returns to the play as director of the Clear Space production.

Fitzsimmons is a Delaware resident who splits his time between Lewes and New York. He was a professional stage manager for some of New York’s biggest productions, such as “How I Learned to Drive”, “The Boys in the Band”, “Hand to God” and “Hedda Gabler”.

Fitzsimmons said: “Although I have lived with the play for over a year and with a very star-studded company, it delights and surprises me that the cast of Clear Space has found new things about the play to bring to this production. It may be based on the original production, but it feels new and fresh.”

“Other Desert Cities” revolves around Brooke Wyeth and her return to Palm Springs after a six-year absence. Together to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt, she announces that she is about to publish her memoirs. The family does not react well to her news, since Brooke will share a crucial and tragic part of the family’s history, an event they do not want to relive.

The Clear Space Theater cast includes Erin Bobby as Brooke Wyeth, while Polly and Lyman Wyeth are played by Meg Kelly and Dan Carney. Josh Getka is Trip Wyeth and Valorie Jarrell is Aunt, Silda Grauman.

Tickets are available at ClearSpaceTheatre.org or by calling the box office at 302-227-2270.

Clear Space Theater is a non-profit, regional theater company serving residents and visitors to southern Delaware since 2004. Clear Space presents 13 shows during its season and provides year-round performing arts opportunities for children and adults. Clear Space is located at 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.