Theatre Department to Perform “Other Desert Cities”
The King’s College Theatre Department is roughly a week away from performing their next play, “Other Desert Cities.” This searing comedy, written by playwright Jon Robin Baitz, will be performed from Nov. 20-23 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 22 at 2 pm in the George P. Maffei II Theatre.
In this riveting new play, Brooke Wyeth (played by King’s student Jessica Mulligan) returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, former leading Republicans, her brother and eccentric aunt.
But when she announces her plans to publish a memoir focusing on a tragic chapter of the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil as the family struggles to accept their past. While there is strong opposition between family members throughout the play, the truth ultimately draws the family back to together.
“Other Desert Cities” was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has garnered several distinguished awards, including the Outer Critics Circle “Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play Award” and the Drama League Award for a Distinguished Play. This production of “Other Desert Cities” will be the premiere of the play in the area.
Sheileen Godwin, chair of the Theatre and Fine Arts Department, said that while this play is a comedy, it deals with weighty themes.
“This is a very challenging play, especially for college students,” Godwin said. “There are a lot of comedic elements; however, the students have to take on roles that focus on serious subject matter. To embody a character that may have a painful cross to bear is not an easy task.”
From the way things sound, the play will be filled with moral dilemmas and surprising secrets that will lead to an unforeseen ending.
“Other Desert Cities” will feature actors Mary Elchert (Aunt Silda); Peter Kmec (Lyman Wyeth); Anders Larson (Trip Wyeth); Jessica Mulligan (Brooke Wyeth); and Iris Ouellette (Polly Wyeth).
King’s College theatre productions are offered to local audiences, as well as students and faculty and staff members.
Tickets and Showtimes
General admission: $12 Senior citizens: $7
King’s alumni and non-King’s students: $5
King’s College students: Free
Nov. 20 – 23 7:30 p.m., Nov 22: 2:00 p.m.