Other Desert Cities Welcomes "Weeds" Star Justin Kirk Jan. 10

By Adam Hetrick
10 Jan 2012

Justin Kirk
Justin Kirk
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

"Weeds" star Justin Kirk, who also starred in the HBO adaptation of "Angels in America," joins the Wyeth family in Jon Robin Baitz's drama Other Desert Cities beginning Jan. 10 at the Booth Theatre.

Kirk takes on the role of Trip Wyeth, succeeding Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski, who played his final performance Jan. 8. Sadoski (Reasons to Be Pretty), who originated the role of Trip in Other Desert Cities Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater last winter, exited the Broadway production of the play to be part of the new Aaron Sorkin HBO drama series "The Newsroom."

Kirk is an Obie Award winner for Love! Valour! Compassion! He previously appeared in Baitz's Ten Unknowns for Lincoln Center Theater. His stage credits also include The Understudy, Old Wicked Songs, Any Given Day and The World Over. He also starred as Prior Walter in Mike Nichols' HBO adaptation of Angels in America.

The cast of Other Desert Cities also features Tony Award winner Stockard Channing (Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves) as matriarch Polly Wyeth, Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Indians, "Hemingway") as Lyman Wyeth, Tony nominee Judith Light (Lombardi, "Ugly Betty") as Silda Grauman and Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters") in her Broadway debut as Brooke Wyeth.



As previously reported, Elizabeth Marvel, who created the role of Brooke when Other Desert Cities premiered at LCT’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater last winter, will succeed Griffiths in that role beginning March 6. Griffiths will play her final performance March 4.

Here's how LCT bills the play: "In Other Desert Cities Brooke Wyeth (Griffiths), a once promising novelist, returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner-circle (Channing and Keach), her brother (Sadoski) and her aunt (Light). 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."

For tickets, priced $56.50-$126.50, visit Telecharge. A limited number of tickets priced $31.50 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's new program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

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