Other Desert Cities
by Jon Robin Baitz
directed by John McCluggage
Sept. 22-Oct. 23, 2016.
View photos from this show. Scroll down for performance details and special events.
Why you should see Other Desert Cities
Because the play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and the original production starred Stockard Channing. So it’s automatically cool on so many levels.
Because no one can resist a tell-all book.
Because the play’s compelling family dynamics spark emotions everyone can relate to.
Because “spending time with these messed-up, complicated people is a genuine pleasure,” says the New York Post.
Because we love watching ComedySportz’s Jeff Kramer showcase his dramatic chops.
The Wyeth family is home for the holidays. But seasonal cheer quickly dissolves when daughter Brooke announces she is publishing a memoir that dredges up a tragic event from the family’s past, a wound no one else wants reopened. Soon, political differences, all-but-forgotten slights and painful memories become near-lethal weapons in an unforgettable war of wit and words.
Brooke Wyeth: Lauren Tothero
Polly Wyeth: Mary Gibboney
Lyman Wyeth: Jeff Kramer
Silda Grauman: Karen DeHart
Trip Wyeth: Sean Okuniewicz
Why are Colin Powell and weapons of mass destruction mentioned in this play? Because it’s set in 2004, of course. Learn more about the very specific time, place, and political situation that playwright Jon Robin Baitz has chosen for his setting. Meet members of our creative team, and spend a little time with Stockard Channing, too. It’s all in our dramaturgy guide, Highlights.
What people are saying about our show
“Taking Mr. Baitz’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist script packed with bitingly funny, heartbreakingly gripping, and intellectually stimulating dialogue, (City Lights director John McCluggage) has molded together a cast in which there is not one individual star, but a combined star cluster of five actors highly dependent on each other for their total, synergistic effect of brilliance.” –Eddie Reynolds, Talkin’ Broadway
“A symbolic but carefully tuned visual aesthetic and a lively and cerebral cast … acidly funny.” –Tad Malone, Metro
“This piece is particularly relevant, as we are in the midst of such brutal political rhetoric, and it asks us to dig deeper into what we hold as ‘true.'” -audience member Bill Ereneta
More information and special events
Other Desert Cities runs Sept. 22-Oct. 23, 2016: Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. (No show on Sept. 25.) Performances are about two hours long, including a 15-minute intermission.
Tickets: $19-$39. Discounts for seniors, students, educators and groups of 10+. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.) Your ticket price includes a $2 facility fee to help cover maintenance and upgrade costs on our aging building. Thank you for your support!
Parking and seating:
Parking is provided for $5 on most dates across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance). View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose for more options. Seating is general admission, and the theater is wheelchair-accessible.
Thursday, Sept. 22: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, Sept. 23: Preview Night ($19).
Saturday, Sept. 24: Opening Night celebration, catered by Cafe Stritch.
Sunday, Oct. 2: A talkback with the director and cast following the 2 p.m. matinee.
Sunday, Oct. 16: Join us in welcoming friends from the San Jose Woman’s Club to this matinee!
We’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from regular-priced single tickets on this date to the organization, which is our nonprofit partner for Other Desert Cities. We’re proud to support the club in its scholarships and other charitable work. The club is also hosting a reception after the show for all theatergoers, at Cafe Stritch.