Virginia Rep Opens OTHER DESERT CITIES Tonight

Virginia Rep Opens OTHER DESERT CITIES Tonight

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Jon Robin Baitz's award-winning Other Desert Cities at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street tonight, April 25. The show runs through May 18, 2014.

In this searing family drama by the creator of TV's Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family. When she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. The show also won the Outer Critics award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.

Chase Kniffen, Associated Artistic Director of Virginia Rep, and Director of the show talks about the importance of this play and it's place in the Virginia Rep season. "Every year we stage at least one contemporary work and Other Desert Cities is a great fit for the Signature Season. The show is an interesting look into an American family and American politics. The script is provocative and fast but very accessible. Baitz presents an interesting dilemma about how far is too far when creating art. Where do you draw the line between protecting and honoring family stories and secrets and using those stories to inform your work?" James River Writers is a Community Partner for the show and will help lead discussions about the writing process and the boundaries of using family experience in personal memoirs.

The Talk on Tap conversation series will take place on Friday evenings after the 8:00 p.m. performance on May 2 and May 9. Cast members and James River Writers will join the audience for casual conversations about the production.

Ticket Information

Box Office 804-282-2620
www.va-rep.org
Full Price Tickets: $38 - $46.
Discounted Group Rates and Rush tickets available.
U-Tix for college and high school students $10. Available by phone or in person day of show only. Student ID required.

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is equipped with a new state-of the-art induction loop hearing system that is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. A handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is hearing impaired.

Valet parking is available for $8 at all performances and free self-park is available for patrons within blocks of the theatre.

Evening performances at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 7:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays
Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday and select Wednesdays and Saturdays

Virginia Repertory Theatre, located in Richmond, VA, combines the talents and strengths of two nonprofit companies that shared facilities, resources, and management teams for over a decade. Now the heritages of Barksdale Theatre (founded in 1953) and Theatre IV (founded in 1975) live on in their new form, as Central Virginia's leading professional theater company. Virginia Rep presents national caliber productions of the great dramas, comedies, and musicals as well as classics, contemporary works, and world premieres, always seeking to demonstrate the unique power of theater to engage, enthrall, educate, and inspire. Productions are staged at four distinct venues: the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre and Theatre Gym at the downtown Virginia Rep Center, Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre of Virginia located at Willow Lawn, and at Hanover Tavern, home to Virginia Rep's Barksdale Season.

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