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Other Desert Cities

October 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Brooke Wyeth, a New York City magazine writer, has returned to the California home of her parents Polly & Lyman Wyeth for the first time in six years to celebrate Christmas. Tension builds immediately when she reveals that she has decided to publish a memoir centering around the suicide of her late brother Henry. Brooke insists that sharing her experience – as well as being able to assert her independence from her mother – is vital for her own healing. But, this is a long, festering wound that her socially prominent and politically conservative parents would rather not have revealed to the world, mainly because there is a secret about the suicide they have kept from everyone for decades.
Inserting herself into the middle of all this is Polly’s estranged sister Silda, a recovering alcoholic. Once very close, the two sisters are now on opposite sides of the political spectrum and have made very different lifestyle choices over the years. Silda adds to the strain by encouraging Brooke to assert her independence in the matter.
Finally, there is Brooke’s charming younger brother, Trip, who tries to see both sides and come down in the middle.
Written by Jon Robin Baitz, and produced on Broadway in 2011 starring Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Judith Light and Stacey Keach, Other Desert Cities was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play. It was also a 2012 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Come to see this wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking play where relationships are wounded, political views are questioned, and a family is bitterly divided over the perceived ramifications of a memoir about a secret few know anything about.
“The most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has known in many seasons…In his most fully realized play to date, Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here. Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating, charming and just possibly heroic…leaves you feeling both moved and gratifyingly sated.” —NY Times
“Astutely drawn…juicy and surprising.” —NY Daily News
“Spending time with these messed-up, complicated people is a genuine pleasure.” —NY Post
“Power, passion, and superbly crafted palaver stippled with blowdarts of wit—this is what Baitz does best.” —New York Magazine

Date: October 28, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Address: 102 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601 United States
Organizer Name: The Company Theatre Group