Jon Robin Baitz

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Plays include Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "schmucks," The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, (an adaptation of) Hedda Gabler, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Fair Country and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award winner. He is on the faculties of the New School's Graduate Drama Division and Stony Brook South Hampton's MFA in theater and film. His screenplays include The Substance of Fire and People I Know starring Al Pacino, both for Miramax. He created the ABC-TV drama "Brothers & Sisters" in 2006, after writing an episode of "The West Wing" ("The Long Goodbye").

Baitz is the author of Other Desert Cities which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, winning the latter.

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Jon Robin Baitz Awards and Nominations

The Pulitzer Prize - 2012 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities

Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Play

Jon Robin Baitz , Other Desert Cities

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Play

Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities

The Lortels - 2011 - Oustanding Play

Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities

Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding New Play

Jon Robin Baitz, The Film Society

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New York Stage and Film Launches '40 Campaign'

New York Stage and Film has successfully launched the “NYSAF 40 Campaign: The Foundation of American Storytelling” in honor of their 40th Anniversary in 2025. For nearly four decades, NYSAF has been an integral part of the arts in the U.S. and vital to the creation of thousands of new stories for the stage and screen.

André Bishop Will Step Down as Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater

Bishop has served as Producing Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater since July 2013, and first joined the organization as Artistic Director in January 1992.  His departure in June 2025 will coincide with the close of Lincoln Center Theater’s 40th anniversary season.

Caroline Aaron, Marilu Henner, Melanie Mayron & JoBeth Williams to Star in MADWOMEN OF THE WEST Off-Broadway

LDOS Media Lab, with Deco Rose Productions will present the New York premiere of Madwomen of the West, a new comedy by Sandra Tsing Loh. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Neil Patrick Harris to Guest Star in PETER PAN GOES WRONG at the Ahmanson Theatre

Broadway's “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” is thrilled to welcome Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, who follows Bradley Whitford (through August 27) and Daniel Dae Kim (August 30 – September 10) as special guest star for performances from September 12 to 17 as the smash hit comedy extends for final week at Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Playwrights Announced For 2023 Ojai Summer Conference & New Works Festival

Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), under the leadership of new Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen, today announced the selection of playwrights for its 26th Annual New Works Festival to be held August 2 – 6 in Ojai, CA.

Playwrights Announced For Ojai 2023 Summer Conference & New Works Festival

Playwrights receive a week-long workshop to develop their new plays followed by a public presentation in OPC's 26th Annual New Works Festival, August 2 - 6.

LOVE AMONG THE RUINS Announced At The El Portal Theatre Begins October 6

JoBeth Williams (“Poltergeist,” “The Big Chill”) and Peter Strauss (“Rich Man, Poor Man,” “The Jericho Mile”) star in the romantic Love Among the Ruins, written by James G. Hirsch and Robert A. Papazian, from a film script by James Costigan. Love Among the Ruins is a Papazian Hirsch presentation  and is directed by Michael Arabian.

Naked Angels & Tuesdays@9 Find a New Home with FRIGID New York

Following the recent closure of Theater 80 Naked Angels will be moving their popular weekly cold reading series, Tuesdays@9 to The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003) with FRIGID New York beginning Tuesday, April 11th. 

Ojai Playwrights Conference Names Jeremy B. Cohen New Producing Artistic Director

Ojai Playwrights Conference has named a new producing artistic director, nationally known and respected theatre leader and artist Jeremy B. Cohen.

The Barn Theatre Presents OTHER DESERT CITIES

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her family. Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history — a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

USC Theatre Presents 10 MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL, February 23-26

Five wildly diverse short plays will share the stage for four eclectic performances when the USC Dept. of Theatre and Dance presents the 10 Minute Play Festival, February 23-26 at the Lab Theatre.

Complete Cast Announced for Oscar Isaac & Rachel Brosnahan Led THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW

BAM (The Brooklyn Academy of Music) has announced the full company and creative team for the first New York revival in 50 years of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. See how to purchase tickets!

OTHER DESERT CITIES Opens January 13 At Theatre Palisades

​​​​​​​Theatre Palisades was founded in 1963, making 2023 their 60th anniversary. They will be opening the anniversary season with 'Other Desert Cities' by Jon Robin Baitz. The play made its Broadway debut in November 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Studio Players Present OTHER DESERT CITIES Beginning in November

In Jon Robin Baitz's OTHER DESERT CITIES, directed by Paula Keenan. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history - a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

Listen: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Discusses His Early Work & More on THE DRAMATISTS GUILD PRESENTS: TALKBACK

The Dramatists Guild of America is presenting season four of The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK. The Guild celebrates writers from a diverse array of backgrounds and how they’ve built meaningful careers within a constantly evolving industry. The first episode of the season debuts today with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Listen here!

Burlington County Footlighters Presents OTHER DESERT CITIES

Burlington County Footlighters continues its 2022-23 season with the fiercely funny but dark family drama Other Desert Cities. The Jon Robin Baitz penned play was a Pulitzer finalist in 2012. BCF Artistic Director Alan Krier directs the production which runs November 4 through November 19.

JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse has announced that JoBeth Williams (“Poltergeist,” “The Big Chill”) and Peter Strauss (“Rich Man, Poor Man,” “The Jericho Mile”) are set to star in the upcoming World Premiere production, based on the 1975 ABC Theatre Presentation that starred Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS.

Diane Lane, Tom Hollander & More Join FEUD Season Two

Feud: Capote's Women will be based on Laurence Leamer’s book, 'Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era.' Hollander will lead as Capote with Lane playing Slim Keith. The series will also feature Naomi Watts as Babe Paley, Chloë Sevigny as C.Z. Guest, and Calista Flockhart as Lee Radziwill.

Casting Announced For BEDLAM's Fall Repertory Shows, THE WINTER'S TALE and HEDDA GABLER

The critically-acclaimed theatre company BEDLAM continues their 10th anniversary season with a return to repertory performance including productions of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, playing from October 5 through November 20, 2022.

Ojai Playwrights Announces 2022 New Works Festival Featuring Vivian Barnes, Lyndsey Bourne, Bill Cain & More

Ojai Playwrights Conference has announced 11 playwrights for the 25th Anniversary New Works Festival taking place August 7-14, 2022, in Ojai, CA, marking a return to in-person workshops and live performances after two years of working online.


Jon Robin Baitz has written 13 shows including The Film Society (Playwright), The Substance of Fire (Playwright), The End of the Day (Playwright), Three Hotels (Playwright), A Fair Country (Playwright), Mizlansky Zilinsky or 'Schmucks' (Playwright), Ten Unknowns (Playwright), Short Talks on the Universe (Playwright), Chinese Friends (Playwright), Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away (1) (Playwright), Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away (2) (Playwright), The Paris Letter (Playwright), Other Desert Cities (Playwright).

Jon Robin Baitz has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his plays "Other Desert Cities," "Fair Country," and "A Fair Country." He has also been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play for "Other Desert Cities," as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play for the same production. Additionally, Baitz received a nomination for Outstanding Play at The Lortels for "Other Desert Cities" and a nomination for Outstanding New Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Film Society."

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