COVINGTON, LA — “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz opens Friday, Oct. 25 at Playmakers Theater. The drama, directed by Shannon Williams, will run weekends through Nov. 10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees beginning at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online: playmakersinc.com
The story revolves around Brooke Wyeth, a once promising novelist who returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her family. Her parents Lyman and Polly are the seemingly perfect upper-middle class Palm Springs couple replete with wealth, political influence and A-list connections. When Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s past, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil. The cast features Anysia Genre, Anne Pourciau, Ladson Poole, Arden Dufilho and Allen Bryant.
“One of the things I loved when I read this script is the question that’s really at the heart of this piece,” said Williams, “namely, who has ownership over stories in a family. The other thing I like is that even through long and deeply held assumptions, love and family overcome those powerful secrets.”
Playmakers Theater has also partnered with the St. Tammany Art Association for this play to have an art exhibit in the lobby featuring local artists and themed “California Elegance.” Artwork will be for sale.
Patrons are cautioned that the play contains mature content and is not recommended for young children. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 students. Reservations can be made by going online to playmakersinc.com. Playmakers Theater is located at 19106 Playmakers Rd.
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