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Headwall Theatre Company presents “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz
October 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The story is set in Palm Springs around Christmas 2004, when the Iraq War was being waged and the war was a controversial issue between Republican parents and their often liberal kids.
Daughter Brooke (played by actor Annemarie Rosano) is visiting for the holidays from New York. A writer who’s long struggled with depression, Brooke is dreading showing her parents her latest manuscript which digs up some long-buried family secrets they never discuss, even among themselves.
Brook’s father Lyman (played by David Patrick Stucky) is a retired Hollywood actor and a former political player in the Republican party. Brook’s mother Polly (Marianne Goodell who recently appeared in Headwall Theatre Company’s The Other Place) is a former screenwriter who incessantly criticizes her daughter as a misplaced form of tough love. Lyman and their younger son Trip (actor Mark Dessaix ) struggles to keep the peace between mother and daughter while Aunt Silda (actor Susan Jane McDonald), an alcoholic hippie who just got out of rehab, loves to push her sister Polly’s buttons.
The play premiered Off Broadway in January 2011. That was followed by a seven-month run at The Lincoln Center, five Tony Award nominations, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.
*Actors Annemarie Rosano and Susan Jane McDonald appear courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association