Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities to Play the Booth This Fall; Linda Lavin Will Not Return

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Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz's drama about a wealthy Republican family attempting to kick sand over its past, will arrive on Broadway at the Booth Theatre this fall, according to the New York Times.

Elizabeth Marvel, Stacy Keach and Thomas Sadoski
Elizabeth Marvel, Stacy Keach and Thomas Sadoski Photo by Joan Marcus

Lincoln Center Theater produced the premiere of Baitz's play to acclaim Off-Broadway last winter at the Mitzie E. Newhouse Theater. As previously reported, a lack of available Broadway theatres made an immediate Broadway transfer impossible this spring, leaving LCT to aim for a fall bow.

One of the plays most well-reviewed assets, Tony-winning actress Linda Lavin, who originated the role of acidic alcoholic aunt Silda Grauman in the Off-Broadway production, will not be part of the Broadway cast.

Lavin is currently appearing in the Kennedy Center revival of Follies, which is transferring to Broadway this summer (also without her). Lavin will instead appear in the world premiere of Nicky Silver's The Lyons at the Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway this fall.

LCT has not announced if other members of Other Desert Cities will reunite for the Broadway production. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello directed a cast that included Tony Award winner Stockard Channing (Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves), Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Indians, "Hemingway"), Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski (Reasons to Be Pretty) and Elizabeth Marvel (Seascape, Top Girls).

Other Desert Cities centers on a shamed Republican family who buries a crime committed by their eldest son, only to have their daughter return home with news of an explosive memoir.

Baitz's plays include The Paris Letter, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks, A Fair Country, The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day and Three Hotels. He has also written the screenplays for "The Substance of Fire" and "People I Know" as well as for TV's "Brothers & Sisters" (which he created), "The West Wing" and "Alias."

Linda Lavin and Stockard Channing
Linda Lavin and Stockard Channing Photo by Joan Marcus
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