Other Desert Cities
Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Scott Mohon
Auditions: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts
Monday, September 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Audition Requirements: All roles are open.
Readings will be from the script. Scripts can be checked out for 2 days for a $20 deposit from Theatre Victoria’s office. Take a close look at the following monologues in preparation: Brooke, pages 50-51; Polly, pages 52-53; Trip, pages 42-43; Lyman, page 52; Silda, page 36. At auditions, you’ll be reading a monologue and some selected sides that will be available the day of auditions.
Call Backs: Call backs will be held if needed.
Notification: Roles will be offered by Thursday, September 17, 2015.
About the Play
It’s December 2004 and 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 all to cross it. Every character is smart, quick-witted and deeply flawed. The parents are wealthy, well-connected Republican activists and friends of the Reagans. Lyman Wyeth, an actor known for his death scenes, has been state GOP chair. Polly, his wife and ferocious protector, is a forceful practitioner of tough love – with her children as well as her liberal, alcoholic sister and former screenwriting partner, Silda, now recovering from her latest round of rehab. Lefty daughter Brooke is a novelist who's been going through a rough patch of writer's block and a breakdown that involved a long hospital stint. She's home for the holidays, as is her younger brother, apolitical TV producer Trip. And she's brought her manuscript, snapped up by Knopf, which tells the story of her beloved, older brother's involvement in the fatal Vietnam War-era bombing of a military recruitment center, his suicide and their parents' responsibility for his actions.
Character Breakdown – 3 women, 2 men
Brooke Wyeth - Intelligent, tortured, dry-witted. (Mid-30’s to early 40’s)
Polly Wyeth - Tough, elegant, forthright and whip-smart. (60’s)
Trip Wyeth - Bright, funny, TV producer. (Mid-20’s-early 30’s)
Lyman Wyeth - A former actor. He’s sturdy and gentle yet very firm in his beliefs. (60’s-early 70’s)
Silda Grauman - A wise-cracking, just-out-of-rehab mess with a lot of savvy and wisdom. (60’s).
Rehearsals will begin Sunday October 4, 2015 with a read-through
Anticipated rehearsals are Sunday-Thursday 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Cast members will be called as needed.
Technical Rehearsals (Production week) begins Sunday, Sunday, November 8, 2015
All cast members are required to be at all technical rehearsals
Performance Dates: All cast members are required to be at all performances
Friday, November 13– 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 14 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 15 – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, November 18 – 6:30 pm – Brush Up Rehearsal
Thursday, November 19– 7:30 pm
Friday, November 20 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 21 – 7:30 pm
Technical Crew Call Dates
All Company Members are asked to participate in at least 2 crew calls other than strike.
Saturday, October 3 – 10:00 am and/or 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 10 – 10:00 am and/or 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 17 – 10:00 am and/or 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 24 – 10:00 am and/or 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 7 – 10:00 am and/or 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 21 – after curtain STRIKE--All company members are required to
participate in STRIKE