By Kenneth Jones
31 Jul 2012
The Center Theatre Group production ends the Taper's 45th season at the Los Angeles Music Center. Opening night is Dec. 9. Casting will be announced.
Egan is the artistic director/producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He returns to CTG, where he previously directed productions and served as producing director for the Taper.
Other Desert Cities — nominated for the 2012 Tony Award as Best Play — "tells the story of a once-promising novelist who returns home after a six-year absence to spend the holidays with her parents, her brother and her aunt," according to CTG. "When she announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family's history, the reunion is thrown into turmoil."
CTG has presented five Jon Robin Baitz plays including Dutch Landscape (world premiere – 1988-1989 season), The Substance of Fire (1992-1993 season), Three Hotels (1994-1995 season) and Ten Unknowns directed by Robert Egan (2002-2003 season), all at the Taper, and the world premiere of The Paris Letter (2004-2005 season) at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre. Baitz is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Fair Country.
Other Desert Cities premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in December 2010 and played at the Booth Theatre on Broadway, October 2011 through June 2012, receiving a total of five Tony nominations (including the award for Best Supporting Actress for Judith Light as Aunt Silda). Mantello directed.