A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012 and winner of the 2011 Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play award, Other Desert Cities has been hailed by critics as “smart, entertaining;” “funny, cutting and illuminating” and full of “wit, wisdom and compassion.”
High anxiety erupts at Christmas when Brooke Wyeth, a leftist writer with an about-to-be-published family memoir, visits her conservative parents in Palm Springs, California.
Lyman, a former movie star and former United States ambassador during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and his razor sharp wife, Polly, have chosen to live here in luxurious exile. There are aspects of their past they would rather not be reminded of, though it is hard to forget them with Silda, Polly’s sister, in residence after her latest stint in rehab.
Mr. Baitz looks deeply into his characters, and no one is drawn in black and white. Like all of us, there is more to them than meets the eye – and a huge family secret lies waiting to be unearthed.
The play opens Friday, Nov. 15 and will run daily Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 4 p.m. until closing on Dec. 15. There will be one showing at 7:30 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 27 to replace Thanksgiving Day’s showing. There will also be a 2 p.m. showing on Dec. 7 in lieu of an evening performance. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Island Stage Left is located at 1062 Wold Rd. and can be reached at 360-378-5649 or at www.islandstageleft.org.
Admission: Free – Donations are always appreciated!
Dates/Times: Nov.15-Dec. 15, daily Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Location: San Juan County Fairgrounds