Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities

Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Other Desert Cities. A riveting new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee and creator of TV's hit drama Brothers & Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities was named the Outstanding Play by the Outer Critics Circle and called "the best new play on Broadway" by The New York Times. Jackson Gay returns to direct this new production after helming the Alley Theatre's productions of August: Osage County, Red andIntelligence-Slave.

After a six-year absence, Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother and aunt. The warm desert air turns chilly when news of her upcoming memoir threatens to revive the most painful chapter of the family's history. The New York Daily News calls this dysfunctional family drama "a winner ... funny and fierce, invigorating and intelligent." Recommended for mature audiences.

Other Desert Cities features Resident Company Member Elizabeth Bunch as Brooke Wyeth. Returning to the Alley Theatre are Richard Bekins as Lyman Wyeth (Alley's The Common Pursuit in 1987) and Linda Thorson as Polly Wyeth (Alley's Black Coffee in 1979). Making their Alley Debut are Alex Hurt as Trip Wyeth and Audrie Neenan as Silda Grauman.

Other Desert Cities features scenic design by Takeshi Kata and costume design by Jessica Ford. Lighting design is by Paul Whitaker with sound design by Daniel Baker.

Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Jackson Gay, begins performances Friday, January 10 opens officially Wednesday, January 15, and runs through February 2, 2014 on the Hubbard Stage.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Jon Robin Baitz (Playwright) His plays include The Film Society; The Substance of Fire; The End of the Day; Three Hotels; A Fair Country, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1996;Mizlansky/Zilinsky; Ten Unknowns; and The Paris Letter, as well as a version of Hedda Gabler, which ran on Broadway in 2001. He created Brothers & Sisters, the TV series which ran for five seasons until 2011. Other TV work includes PBS' version of Three Hotels, for which he won the Humanitas Award and episodes of The West Wing and Alias. He is the author of two screenplays, the film script for The Substance of Fire in 1996 and People I Know in 2002. He is a founding member of Naked Angels Theatre Company and on the faculties of the MFA programs at The New School for Drama and SUNY Stony Brook/ Southampton. His play Other Desert Cities won the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2011.

ABOUT THE CAST
Richard Bekins (Lyman Wyeth) is very happy to be returning to the Alley Theatre after appearing 25 years ago in The Common Pursuit. His Broadway appearances includeHappy New Year, Tartuffe and Love! Valour! Compassion! Off-Broadway he has appeared in Somewhere Fun at Vineyard Theatre, The Normal Heart at Public Theater, The Maddening Truth with Keen Company, Patient A at Signature Theatre, among others. Some of the leading regional theatres he has worked at include Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Center Stage in Baltimore, Cleveland Play House, Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta, and of course, the Alley Theatre. His film appearances include roles in Young Adult, Limitless, Julie & Julia, United 93, Bleeding House, Brother to Brother, Gods and Generals, Feast of the Goat, Nor'Easter, How We Got Away With It, and others. Some of his television credits include The Blacklist, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Damages, Army Wives, Law & Order, Law &Order: SVU, Law &Order: Criminal Intent, Another World and Mad Men.




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