PUTNEY >> Next Stage Arts Project and The Apron Theater Company present Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz on March 17,18, 19, 20* and 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday,March 20. Tickets are $15, general admission, available online at www.nextstagearts.org, by phone reservation at: 802-387-0071 or at the door. This will be Apron's first production in Next Stage's newly-renovated performance space at 15 Kimball Hill, which is now fully accessible, with an elevator and listening assist systems. There is comfortable seating, excellent sightlines and acoustics.
Other Desert Cities premiered Off-Broadway in January 2011 and transferred to Broadway in November 2011. The play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Ben Brantley, in his review of the Broadway production for The New York Times, wrote that the play (Off-Broadway) was "...the most thoroughly integrated and sustained work from Mr. Baitz, who had been regarded as a promising wunderkind for long past his sell-by date."
Set in Palm Springs over Christmas weekend, Other Desert Cities centers on the powerful Wyeth family. Patriarch Lyman Wyeth, (played by Michael Kennedy) an actor-turned-ambassador during the Reagan administration, and matriarch Polly, (Christopher Coutant) a former screenwriter, are set to celebrate the holidays with their adult children. Without informing her parents, daughter Brooke Wyeth, (Bridget McBride) a once-promising novelist, has written a memoir exposing painful family secrets. Her brother, Trip, (Greg Lesch) the creator of a hit TV reality series, tries to stay out of the crossfire as their alcoholic aunt, Polly's sister Silda, (Diana Stugger) eggs Brooke on. In a series of confrontations, the Wyeths sift through conflicting memories of the past and face serious choices about how to go forward.
The Apron Theater Company was founded by Karla Baldwin and Hallie Flower. and is Next Stage Arts Project's "theater-company-in-residence". They have wowed audiences with each production with outstanding casts, direction, sets and technical production values.