by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Christian H. Moe
April 4-6 & 11-13, 2014
Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM
For more information or to purchase tickets online at any time, start by clicking the Box Office link above. The box office in the Varsity Center for the Arts will open at 5 pm on March 28. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 5 pm to 7 pm and one hour before performances.
Jon Robin Baitz creates a funny and fierce play about an affluent and politically connected California family who is forced to come to grips with long-held secrets. When the parents’ daughter, who is a published author, comes home to Palm Springs for Christmas in 2004 she announces the imminent publication of her memoir. This creates consternation among the family as it will open old wounds about the death of her anti-war activist brother many years earlier.
The play was namedOutstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle in 2011.
It was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Broadway production received five nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards, including for “Best Play.”
What the critics have said
“The most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has known in many seasons…In his most fully realized play to date, Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here. Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating , charming and just possibly heroic …leaves you feeling both moved and gratifyingly sated.” New York Times.
“When it premiered (off Broadway) in January, Jon Robin Baitz’s first new play in six years, 'Other Desert Cities', was smart and entertaining.