Schenectady Civic Players Presents “Other Desert Cities”


“The play will leave you feeling both moved and gratified” — VARIETY

The fourth play of Schenectady Civic Players‘ 90th Anniversary Season, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, and directed by Jennifer Van Iderstyne, opens Friday, March 16, and plays through Sunday, March 25 at its 12 South Church Street Playhouse in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her family. 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.

Other Desert Cities premiered Off-Broadway January 13, 2011 starring Stockard Channing  as Polly Wyeth, Linda Lavin as Silda Grauman, Stacy Keach as Lyman Wyeth, Thomas Sadoski as Trip Wyeth and Elizabeth Marvel as Brooke Wyeth. It was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle

The play transferred to Broadway November 3, 2011. receiving five nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards, including for Best Play, and Best Actress in a Play (Stockard Channing), with Judith Light, who had replaced Linda Lavin, winning Best Featured Actress in a Play. The play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Civic Players cast features Ellen Cribbs (*as Brooke Wyeth*), James Gavin (*as Trip Wyeth*), Rick Reed (*as Lyman Wyeth*), Pat Brady (*as Polly Wyeth*), and Patti Noble (*as Silda Grauman*).

Other Desert Cities runs FridaySaturday, and Sunday (March  16, 17, and 18) and Wednesday through Sunday (March 21 through 25).  Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 pm. Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30
pm., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are $20.  Order on-line at   Or call (518) 382-2081 .

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