Elmwood members in “Other Desert Cities” at BCP
NOTE: This is NOT an Elmwood production
“Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle when it debuted in 2011, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Set in Palm Springs over Christmas weekend, “Other Desert Cities” centers on the powerful Wyeth family. Patriarch Lyman (Roy Harry), an actor-turned-ambassador during the Reagan administration, and matriarch Polly (Marian McCabe), a former screenwriter, are set to celebrate the holidays with their adult children. Without informing her parents, daughter Brooke Wyeth (Brittany Haydock), a once-promising novelist, has written a memoir exposing painful family secrets. Her brother, Trip (Allen Pines), the creator of a hit TV reality series, tries to stay out of the crossfire as their alcoholic aunt, Polly’s sister Silda (Rachel Gordon), eggs Brooke on. In a series of confrontations, the Wyeths sift through conflicting memories of the past and face serious choices about how to go forward.