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As the song lyric goes, “Oh it’s a long, long time from May to December,” but
Peace Mountain Theatre Company (PMTC) began working on our next play in early summer: Jon Robin Baitz’s critically acclaimed Other Desert Cities, opening on December 5, 2019.
Baitz, a playwright, screenwriter, and television producer, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Endowment for the Arts fellow.
Born in Los Angeles on November 4, 1961 into a Jewish family, he was raised in Brazil and South Africa and returned to America where Baitz entered Beverly Hills High School. He decided not to attend college and began working for two producers which became the catalyst for his first play, Mizlansky/Zilinsky. This play was followed by others, such as The Film Society, The Substance of Fire,Three Hotels, and A Fair Country. His screenplays include the adaptation ofSubstance of Fire, and People I Know. From 2002 to 2005 he successfully wrote for The West Wing and Alias. He became the executive producer of the television drama Brothers & Sisters, which premiered in 2006 and ran through2011. Other Desert Cities opened off Broadway in January 2011, transferring to Broadway November of that same year.
Lubricated with alcohol, a joyful Wyeth reunion turns into a reveal of embarrassing family secrets, followed by painful resentments. Baitz brilliantly exposes the legacy of the Old American Century [read Reaganism] against the unsteady future of a new century, which is at stake.
Polly and Lyman Wyeth, wealthy California conservatives, have been hiding a deep secret concerning their son, Henry, and his involvement in the anti-war bombing of a draft board during the Viet Nam War, which brought disgrace to the entire family. When their daughter, Brooke, arrives home she announces she is writing her memoir and will touch upon her brother, Henry’s, suicide.
Polly and Lyman are met with a painful decision – reveal the true nature of their son’s death, or risk exposure when the world reads about their story. Of course, this is where I stop! All of us at Peace Mountain want you to come and see Other Desert Cities.
I promise, you will be guessing how this one ends all the way to the end and talking about it all the way home.
See you in December,