Photo Flash: First Look at Human Race Theatre's OTHER DESERT CITIES, Beg. Tonight

One of the most popular plays in the country, Jon Robin Baitz's critically acclaimed Other Desert Cities, makes its Dayton premiere this spring at The Loft Theatre. The preview performance of Other Desert Cities is tonight, March 27. Opening night is Friday, March 28. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

The Wyeth family's Palm Springs Christmas reunion is already a tense affair between conservative parents Lyman and Polly, former GOP celebrities, their two grown children and Polly's liberal alcoholic sister, Silda. Any sense of peace vanishes completely when daughter Brooke, a once-promising novelist, announces she is about to publish a tell-all memoir that threatens to tarnish her prominent family's past and reopen old wounds. As Brooke confesses her true motivations behind the book, she learns the real history is more shocking than she ever knew.

Back for her fifth production at The Human Race, director Margarett Perry (Under a Red Moon, God of Carnage) leads a five-member cast of familiar and returning actors, including Human Race Resident Artists Jennifer Joplin (Band Geeks!, God of Carnage) as "Brooke" and Scott Stoney (It's a Wonderful Life, Oliver!) as "Lyman", Kate Young (Love Makes the World Go 'Round, The Retreat from Moscow) as "Polly", Sherman Fracher (Steel Magnolias, Three Days of Rain) as "Silda" and Aaron Vega (Lend Me a Tenor, Man of La Mancha) as "Trip". Other Desert Cities marks the second time Perry has directed Stoney and Young as an on-stage married couple, this first being in 2005's The Retreat from Moscow.

The scenic designer is Tamara L. Honesty (Becky's New Car, Lombardi), the costume designer is Janet G. Powell (Torch Song Trilogy, Avenue Q), Resident Artist John Rensel (Fiddler on the Roof, Becky's New Car) is the lighting designer and Nathan D. Dean (Becky's New Car, Under a Red Moon) is the sound designer. Kay Carver is the production stage manager. Kevin Moore is the show's producer and Tara Lail is the associate producer.

Tickets for the preview performance of Other Desert Cities on March 27 are $34 and $31 for adults, $32 and $29 for seniors and $17.50 and $16 for students. For all performances March 28 - April 13, single ticket prices are $43 - $36 for adults, $41 - $34 for seniors and $22 ­- $18 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center's Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Tickets and performance information on Other Desert Cities are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

Photo Credit: Scott J. Kimmins

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