Playwriting faculty member Jon Robin Baitz‘s new play, Other Desert Cities, recently opened to successful reviews at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. The all-star cast includes Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Linda Lavin, Elizabeth Marvel, and Thomas Sadoski. The play is directed by Drama’s 2010’2011 Artist-in-Residence Joe Mantello.
In the play, Brooke (Marvel) returns home to Palm Springs to visit her parents (Channing, Keach) after a six-year absence. A once-promising novelist, Brooke announces to her family the imminent publication of a memoir that dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history, a wound that her parents don’t want reopened.
Baitz is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, and a winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. A founding member and former artistic director of New York’s Naked Angels theater company, Baitz has written a number of acclaimed plays, including The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, and The Paris Letter. His experience in television includes creating the hit ABC show Brothers & Sisters and serving as executive producer for the first two seasons. He has also written episodes of The West Wing and Alias. His PBS film version of Three Hotels won a Humanitas Award. His other screenplays include The Substance of Fire, based on his play, and People I Know, which starred Al Pacino.
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