PHOTO CALL: Baitz's Other Desert Cities, With Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin and Stacy Keach, Opens Off-Broadway

By Matthew Blank
14 Jan 2011

Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, starring Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin and Stacy Keach as the conflicted elders of a tense family holiday gathering, at which old wounds are opened, officially opened Off-Broadway Jan. 13 at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater.



Tony-winning director Joe Mantello directs Baitz's drama about 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. The Lincoln Center Theater production began previews Dec. 16, 2010, and will continue through Feb. 27.

Here is a look at the opening night:

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Stacy Keach, Thomas Sadoski, Stockard Channing, Elizabeth Marvel and Linda Lavin
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



In addition to Tony winners Channing (Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves), Lavin (The Sisters Rosensweig, Collected Stories) and Golden Globe Award winner Keach (Indians, "Hemingway"), the cast also features Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski (Reasons to Be Pretty) and Elizabeth Marvel (Seascape, Top Girls).

Here's how LCT bills the play: "In Other Desert Cities, Brooke Wyeth (Marvel), a once promising novelist, returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents (Channing and Keach), former members of the Reagan inner-circle, her brother (Sadosky), and her aunt (Lavin). When Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil and the Wyeths are both bound together and torn apart as they struggle to come to terms with their past."

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