Other Desert Cities
a play by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Greg Swartz
February 8 & 9, 7:00p.m. Joplin Little Theatre
In this searing comedy-drama, writer Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her famous and politically-connected parents, her brother and her aunt. When she announces her plans to publish a tell-all memoir of crucial events in the family’s past, she brings to light old wounds and family secrets. This riveting and scathingly funny play was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
“One of the best new plays of the decade.” The New York Times
THE CHARACTERS :
BROOKE (mid 30’s – mid 40’s) A successful writer. Highly intelligent and deeply troubled by her family’s history. Recently hospitalized due to a mental breakdown. “An attractive and dry woman.” (JRBaitz)
POLLY (late 50’s – 70’s) Graceful and acerbic matriarch. Friend of Nancy Reagan. Devoted to the preservation of her family’s social standing. Doesn’t suffer fools gladly. “Elegant, forthright and whip-smart.” (JRBaitz)
LYMAN (late 50’s – 70’s) Solid, yet gentle father. Has a sense of humor about himself and deep love for his family. Former B-movie actor and Republican party leader. “He is sturdy in the way of old Californians of a particular type.” (JR Baitz)
TRIP (20’s -early 30’s) Brooke’s younger brother. Witty and self-effacing. A reality TV producer. Easy-going, but has troubles of his own. Loves his family. Devoted to his sister. “A bright, funny man.” (JRBaitz)
SILDA (50’s – 70’s) Polly’s sister and former writing partner. Wise-cracking and fresh out of rehab. Savvy, yet reckless and fragile. Unafraid to speak her mind. “A mess. No makeup, hair disheveled. She wears a muumuu and carries a pill case marked with the days of the week.” (JRBaitz)
Actors selected for the above roles do not necessarily have to fall within these suggested age ranges – they are presented here as a guideline. Casting will be strongly dependent on how well actors pair with each other.
Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. No prepared pieces necessary.
This show contains Adult Content and Language.
Show dates: March 30 – April 3, 2016