It's Christmas Everyone! Time to air out the family secrets. Headwall Theatre Company of Astoria presents "Other Desert Cities", a Tony and Pulitzer nominated play by Jon Robin Baitz.
The story is set in Palm Springs on Christmas Eve 2004, when the Iraq War was being waged and the war was a controversial issue between Republican parents and their often liberal kids. On the road through the desert to Palm Springs a turnoff sign looms for Other Desert Cities, a tempting detour for the Wyeth children who are visiting their parent's home in Palm Springs for Christmas.
Daughter Brooke (played by Equity actor Annemarie Rosano*) is visiting from New York. A writer who's long struggled with depression, Brooke is dreading showing her parents her latest manuscript which digs up some long-buried family secrets they never discuss, even among themselves.
Son Trip (actor Mark Dessaix ) is a TV producer of the reality show Jury of Your Peers visiting from LA. Of course, he is not without his issues either being addicted to porn.
Brook's father Lyman (played by David Patrick Stucky) is a retired Hollywood actor and a former political player in the Republican party. Brook's mother Polly (Marianne Goodell who recently appeared in Headwall Theatre Company's The Other Place) is a former screenwriter who incessantly criticizes her daughter as a misplaced form of tough love.
Lyman and their younger son Trip struggle to keep the peace between mom and daughter while Aunt Silda (Equity actor Susan Jane McDonald*) provides the comic relief as an alcoholic hippie who just got out of rehab and loves to push her sister Polly's buttons. Silda lives with Polly and Lyman until she can get "back on her feet".
* Actors appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association
The play premiered Off Broadway in January 2011. That was followed by a seven-month run at The Lincoln Center, five Tony Award nominations, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.
Friday through Sunday October 11 - 13, 2019
Friday through Sunday October 18 - 20, 2019
Fri and Sat 7:00 PM. Sunday 2:00 PM.
Category: Arts | Performing Arts | Theatre.
Arts | Performing Arts | Comedy,
Arts | Performing Arts | Theatre | Stage.
Artists / Speakers: Annemarie Rosano, Marianne Goodell, David Patrick Stucky, Susan Jane McDonald, Mark Dessaix.
Price: General Admission - USD 20.00.