Other Desert Cities

January 11 - February 9, 2013

Written by John Robin Baitz
Directed by Scott Edminston
Scenic Design by Janie E. Howland**
Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker**
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Original Music / Sound Design by
Dewey Dellay
Stage Management by Katie Ailinger*

Other Desert Cities tells the story of a family where secrets are currency and everyone is rich. Brooke Wyeth, a once promising young novelist, returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of Reagan’s inner circle, plus her brother and her aunt. The festivities are short-lived, however, when Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound that her parents don’t want reopened.

Featuring:

Nancy E. Carroll* …Silda Grauman
Munson Hicks* …Lyman WyethAnnie Gottlieb* …Brooke Wyeth
Karen MacDonald* …Polly Wyeth
Christopher M. Smith* …Trip Wyeth

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes: Janie E. Howland Scenic Designer Janie E. Howland has designed several shows for SpeakEasy, including Five by Tenn, Fat Pig, The History Boys, and Next Fall. She has been a been a prolific presence throughout New England theatre, having designed productions for the Lyric Stage, New Rep, Boston Children’s Theatre, Seacoast Rep, […]

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Taking Risks

Anne Gottlieb: Taking Risks As an actor, teacher, writer, director, and founder of her own production company, 40 Magnolias Productions, Anne Gottlieb has put her love and knowledge of theatre to work with artists and companies throughout Boston. Her work has made her a favorite with local audiences and critics, and won her IRNE and […]

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Up & Coming

Up & Coming: Michele Teevan Michele Teevan came to Boston from Harrison, New York to study Stage Management at Emerson College. While an undergraduate, she signed on as a Production Intern for SpeakEasy’s New England premiere production of the hit musical [title of show] and has since worked on over a dozen SpeakEasy shows, becoming […]

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“I Love a Rebel”

“I Love a Rebel” Tell us about the play Other Desert Cities. What’s the story? It’s the story of a woman, Brooke Wyeth, who writes a memoir about her family and wants their approval before publishing it. She’s a liberal and her father was the former chair of the GOP. So, look out. What about […]

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Father of the Family

Father of the Family Tell us about the play Other Desert Cities and the character you play. I play Lyman Wyeth, a former actor, former head of the NRC, and former ambassador to an unnamed country. In the play, my novelist daughter comes home at Christmas with news that she is about to publish a […]

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Journey to the Desert

Journey to the Desert Hollywood has long been a destination for playwrights looking to earn a living by putting pen to paper. Even the most successful theatrical writers may have trouble supporting themselves on just royalties from their plays, and thus find themselves drafting screenplays and spec scripts to make ends meet. Often the film/television/stage […]

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Catching Baitz

Catching Baitz Witty or ethical? Condemning or compassionate? Charming or emotionally vicious? Well, yes. The delicate balance of the theatre of Jon Robin Baitz is a unique form of American drama that both embraces and defies tradition. “If Arthur Miller married Noel Coward, their baby would be Robbie Baitz,” according to Andre Bishop, Artistic Director […]

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