Goodman's Other Desert Cities Snags Tony Winner to Play Republican Mom

News   Goodman's Other Desert Cities Snags Tony Winner to Play Republican Mom Deanna Dunagan, the Chicago actress who won a Best Actress Tony Award for playing the strained drug-addicted matriarch Violet Weston in August: Osage County, will play the strained Republican matriarch Polly Wyeth in the Goodman Theatre's 2013 production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities.

Deanna Dunagan
Deanna Dunagan

Henry Wishcamper (Off-Broadway's Port Authority, Goodman's Animal Crackers) will direct the resident Chicago premiere of the play that was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Performances will play Goodman's Albert Theatre Jan. 12-Feb. 17, 2013.

Baitz's drama tells of a prodigal daughter reuniting with her brother and Republican parents — who were once part of "Ron and Nancy's" circle — to reveal that she's written a memoir about a family secret. Polly is a Texas native; multiple Jeff Award winner Dunagan was born in Texas. She will play Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music for Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, IL, in May.

Dunagan's participation was first reported in the Chicago Tribune. Goodman confirmed the news. Additional casting will be announced.

Other Desert Cities premiered at Lincoln Center Theater's Off-Broadway Mitzi Newhouse Theater in 2010-11 and moved to Broadway in fall 2011. Its Broadway run continues at the Booth Theatre.

To learn about the Broadway production, visit Lincoln Center Theater's website.  For more about the Goodman Theatre's 2012-13 season, visit goodmantheatre.org.

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