The Players Club of Swarthmore continues its 107th season of award-winning community theater with Jon Robin Baitz’ play Other Desert Cities Oct. 20 – Nov. 4 on the Players Club of Swarthmore Main Stage, 614 Fairview Ave. in Swarthmore. Thomas-Robert Irvin directs this smart, evocative, ensemble piece about a family holiday gathering gone awry. Buy tickets online at www.pcstheater.org
Family intrigue abounds. Cocktails are poured. Christmas Eve reservations are made and the zingers fly as liberal writer Brooke Wyeth (Emily-Grace Murray, Los Angeles) returns to her wealthy, conservative parents’ Palm Springs home toting an explosive, about-to-be-published tell-all memoir. While she’s ready to battle it out for their blessing to publish the book, nothing prepares her for what her parents have in store. This searing comedy-drama by Jon Robin Baitz (TV’s “Brothers and Sisters”) depicts a family struggling to keep their fragile façade from shattering.
In addition to Murray, who hails from Los Angeles, the cast includes Leigh Jacobs (Wynnewood) as Lyman Wyeth, Nancy Bennett (Bryn Mawr) as Polly Wyeth, Brandon Young (Secane) as Trip Wyeth, and Lorraine Barrett (Wynnewood) as Silda Grauman.
With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities “has the appeal of a Broadway hit from another age” (The New York Times). It premiered on Broadway in November 2011 and was deservedly singled out for a Pulitzer Prize and Tony nomination.
Other Desert Cities runs for 10 performances from Friday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 4. Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Audiences can meet the artists in a talkback discussion after the Oct. 29 performance. Buy tickets either online at www.pcstheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or at the door. For more information about PCS – including upcoming events, shows, ticketing and directions, visit www.pcstheater.org.