By Mark Shenton
07 Jan 2014
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Other Desert Cities premiered at Off-Broadway's Mitzi Newhouse Theater under the auspices of Lincoln Center in 2011, before transferring to Broadway's Booth Theatre later that year, where the play was Tony-nominated for Best Play and a Pulitzer finalist. It was originally directed by Joe Mantello. This new production is being directed by Lindsay Posner.
The play is described in press materials as "a fierce and funny drama deftly exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption." In the play, Brooke Wyeth returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents Polly and Lyman, her brother Trip and her recovering alcoholic aunt Silda. She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair.
Baitz's previous plays include The Substance of Fire, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, The Paris Letter, The Film Society, Mizlansky/Zilansky and Three Hotels. He is best known in the U.K. for his TV series "Brothers and Sisters."
His other West End credits include productions of Butley, An Ideal Husband, Fool for Love, A View from the Bridge, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, A Life in the Theatre and Uncle Vanya. At the National he has directed Tartuffe and Power and for the RSC he has directed Twelfth Night, Volpone, The Taming of the Shrew and The Rivals. At the Almeida, he has directed House of Games, Tom and Viv, The Hypochondriac and Romance.
The production will be designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Peter Mumford and music by Michael Bruce. Casting is still to be announced.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit www.oldvictheatre.com.