Clear Space’s ‘Sylvia’ Play Features Adoptable Dogs

Clear Space Theater continues its tradition of raising money for winter readers’ theater with its performances of “Sylvia,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, to benefit Delaware Humane Association and the Clear Space Theater Arts Institute.

The play revolves around the relationship of a man and his adopted dog. Celebrating the bond between humans and dogs, Delaware Humane will showcase some of its adoptable dogs at a dog track event 30 minutes before each performance.

Tickets are $50 with proceeds going to the Delaware Humane Association and the Clear Space Theater Arts Institute. To purchase tickets, go to or call 302-227-2270.

An AR Gurney play, “Sylvia” premiered on Broadway in 1995 starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Sylvia the dog.

The comedy follows Greg and Kate in Manhattan after 22 years of raising children in the suburbs. Greg brings home a dog he found – or found – in the park, with only the name “Sylvia” on its collar tag. A clever mix of lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. For Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is in serious jeopardy until after a series of hilariously touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes an important part of their lives.

Founded in 1957, the Delaware Humane Association is the state’s premier nonprofit animal care and adoption organization, with centers in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington. Delaware Humane is committed to meeting the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in the community.

Every year, hundreds of animals come to DHA looking for a warm bed, a good meal and, above all, a new home. Dedicated staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that each animal receives the best possible care while at the adoption shelter. They are committed to preparing all adoptable dogs and cats for a new home by keeping them well cared for, giving them daily exercise and affection, and providing obedience training and all medical care. required.

Delaware Humane also serves the community by providing affordable spaying services, low-cost vaccination clinics, and a pet food pantry.

Last year, Delaware Humane announced its intention to merge with Delaware SPCA. The ability of both organizations to do great work together is huge. Both are longtime leaders in the community. By joining together as partners, they will be able to multiply their collective impact.

“Sylvia” is sponsored by Morris James LLP, and Clear Space Theater’s 2022 season is sponsored by Alice and Alfred Willis.

Clear Space Theater is a non-profit regional theater serving southern Delaware residents and visitors since 2004 at 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Bette C. Alvarado