Schenectady Civic Players hold open Auditions for Other Desert Cities
Schenectady Civic Playhouse
12 South Church Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tuesday & Thursday — Jan 2 & 4, 2018 @ 7:30PM, Sign-up 7:00PM
Jon Robin Baitz’s
Other Desert Cities
Directed byJennifer Van Iderstyne
(Performance dates — Mar 16-18 & 21-25, 2018
A beautiful backyard on a home in Arizona. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. She announces that she is about to publish a memoir, dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history- a wound that they don?t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. They are forced to reveal a painful secret to her, in order to prevent the public from finding the truth.
AVAILABLE ROLES (3 women, 2 men)
Brooke Wyeth (30s to 40s) – The central character. Recently hospitalized for a clinical breakdown and still on medication. She has written a
tell-all memoir about her family, specifically about her older brother Henry and his suicide. She has come home, unsure if she can publish her
book without her family?s approval. Despite her liberal views she is more similar to her mother than she would like to admit.
Polly Wyeth (50s to 60s) – Lyman’s wife, Silda’s sister and mother to Brooke and Trip. She is elegant, smart, acerbic, controlling and
calculating. She has strong conservative views and believes in “tough love.” She is a realist who is fiercely dedicated to her family’s survival.
Lyman Wyeth (50s to 60s) – Head of the family, husband to Polly, Brooke and Trip’s father. Lyman is a sturdy man and a strong believer in American traditions and values. He is a former movie actor turned politician and ambassador for the Republican party. More diplomatic than his wife and overly protective of Brooke.
Silda Grauman (50s to 60s) – Polly’s sister. She is a recovering alcoholic and is currently staying with Polly and Lyman. Creative, fragile, funny and bohemian she is the opposite of her sister. Silda has helped Brooke to write her memoir and has a volatile but loving relationship with her sister Polly. A complex role for which Judith Light won a Tony for best featured actress in a play.
Trip Wyeth (20s to 30s) – Trip is Brooke’s brother, roughly ten years her junior. He is a bright, funny television producer. He is caught in the
middle of the tension between Brooke and his parents. Trip’s way of surviving is to adopt a “let it go, it’s all fine” attitude. He has always
lived in the shadow of his older brother Henry whom he never knew and isn’t as happy as he seems.
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