Actors’ Playhouse presents hot new play ‘Other Desert Cities’
Actors’ Playhouse launches 2013 with the South Florida premiere of Broadway’s hottest new play, Other Desert Cities, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for five Tony Awards.
Playing at the Miracle Theatre from Jan. 16 through Feb. 10, Other Desert Cities is the funny and searing new play by Jon Robin Baitz, creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, that was one of the hottest tickets on Broadway last season.
In Other Desert Cities, Brooke Wyeth, a once-promising novelist, returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner circle, her brother and her aunt.
When Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil and the Wyeths are both bound together and torn apart as they struggle to come to terms with their past.
Touted as “the best new play on Broadway” by The New York Times, this scintillating drama about a family pushed to the brink balances comedy and intense drama with rich dialogue and finely crafted characters.
“With Other Desert Cities, Actors’ Playhouse again has the privilege to produce one of the best new plays from Broadway for our South Florida audiences,” said Artistic Director David Arisco. “Other Desert Cities is an incredible new work – funny, powerful and shocking – that has yet to tour our region. A must-see production for any discerning theatergoer.”
The cast of Other Desert Cities includes Erin Joy Schmidt (Brooke Wyeth), Barbara Bradshaw (Polly Wyeth), American film, stage, and television actor J. Kenneth Campbell (Lyman Wyeth), Lourelene Snedeker (Silda Grauman) and Antonio Amadeo (Trip Wyeth).
Directed by Arisco, the creative team for Other Desert Cities includes Scenic Designer Tim Bennett, Costume Designer Ellis Tillman, Lighting Designer Patrick Tennent and Sound Designer Alexander Herrin.
Preview performances of Other Desert Cities will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. and play through Feb. 10. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m.
Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $37. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $42, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $50.
The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or at www.actorsplayhouse.org.