Tony Nominee Martha Plimpton Joins Cast of OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Old Vic, Posner Will Direct
The full cast is announced for the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, opening at The Old Vic on Monday 24 March with previews from Thursday 13 March. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the new production will star Sinead Cusack, Peter Egan, Clare Higgins, Daniel Lapaine and Martha Plimpton.
Other Desert Cities is the first play in a new season of productions which will be presented in-the-round at The Old Vic. Reprising the transformation of The Old Vic's auditorium into the round, first seen for the award- winning 2008 production of The Norman Conquests, this ambitious project is once more made possible by the generous support of CQS. The season of productions is supported for the fourth consecutive year by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Other Desert Cities, is a fierce and funny drama deftly exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption. Previewing from 13 March 2014 with a press night on 24 March.
Brooke Wyeth returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents Polly and Lyman, her brother Trip and her recovering alcoholic aunt Silda. She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair.
Other Desert Cities was first seen in 2010 at New York's Lincoln Center, where it won the Outer Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play before enjoying even greater success on Broadway and gaining five nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards. Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Sine?ad Cusack plays Polly Wyeth. This role marks her return to The Old Vic stage, having last appeared in The Bridge Project (The Cherry Orchard and The Winter's Tale). Other recent stage work includes Juno and the Paycock (National and Abbey Theatre), Rock 'n' Roll (Royal Court, West End and Broadway; 2008 Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress) and The Birds (Gate, Dublin). Sine?ad has also played many leading roles for the RSC, including Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing (also on Broadway; Tony Award nomination for Best Actress) and Cyrano de Bergerac. Our Lady of Sligo (National, Broadway) saw her win The Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Actress, as well as an Olivier nomination.
On screen, Sine?ad has starred in The Wrath of the Titans, Eastern Promises, V for Vendetta and I Capture the Castle, and is well known to British television audiences for her roles in A Room With A View (ITV), the final series of Poirot (ITV) and North and South (BBC). In 2014 she will appear in the film Eliza Graves, alongside Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale, as well as the new BBC drama 37 Days, with Ian McDiarmid and Tim Pigott-Smith.
Peter Egan plays Lyman Wyeth. Recent theatre work includes Alan Bennett's People (National). Peter's extensive stage roles have included Trevor Nunn's production of Hamlet, Journey's End (Cambridge Theatre, for which he received the Critics' Circle award for Best Actor), Arms and the Man, You Never Can Tell, M Butterfly, Noises Off, Art, The Secret Rapture and John Osborne's last play, De?ja? Vu. His first television role was as Seth Starkadder in the BBC serialisation of Cold Comfort Farm in 1968. Other screen roles include the controversial Granada series Big Breadwinner Hog, the John le Carre? dramatisation A Perfect Spy, the hit BBC sitcoms Joint Account and Ever Decreasing Circles and the drama series Lillie (in which he played Oscar Wilde). Peter won the BAFTA award for 'Most Promising Newcomer' for his role in the film The Hireling, and also went on to play the Duke of Sutherland in Chariots of Fire (1981). Other screen work includes Downton Abbey (2012 Christmas Special) and the films Bean, The I Inside, The Wedding Date and Man to Man.