Welcome to another installment of Q&A featuring the cast and crew of Redwood Curtain’s production of Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz.
About Other Desert Cities
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them to cross it.
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Q: When were you last on the RCT stage?
Last year’s closing show, Far East.
Q: What character do you play in Other Desert Cities? Tell us about him?
Lyman Wyeth, the father. He’s a retried movie actor, conservative political person. He was an ambassador under Reagan. He did a lot of movies and had a very comfortable life.
Q: What attracted you to do this show?
I was asked, which is always a big plus. I’ve worked with [director] Peggy [Metzger] before and really enjoyed that. I’ve worked with several of the people in the cast. It’s a nice group to work with and I really like the script. There’s some really nice things in it.
Q: What do you hope audiences come away with at the end of the show?
There’s a very good likelihood there’s going to be discussions on ethics. On a personal level, almost all of us would have done something differently. We can recognize why the people in the show did what they did, those are choices people will look at. It touches on really deep values. How parents protect their children and how they protect themselves. It’s going to be a very emotional experience. With all five characters being so well written, I think audiences will feel like they’ve just met five bright, funny, new people.