Fri09192014

Stepping Out

‘Other Desert Cities’ opens this week in Mountain View

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the Broadway hit “Other Desert Cities” today through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Jon Robin Baitz’s “Cities” won the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

Richard Seer directs the play, co-produced with The Old Globe in San Diego.

“Cities” is a portrait of a prominent family and its very public fall from grace. It centers on novelist Brooke Wyeth, who returns home to Palm Springs for the holidays with her latest manuscript – one she won’t show her parents. Brooke’s brother is a reality-show producer, her dad a movie actor turned politician and her mother a 1960s-era comedy writer turned socialite. Now long-buried secrets threaten to put the picture-perfect family back on the tabloid pages.

Broadway veterans Kandis Chappell and James Sutorius star as Brooke’s parents, Polly and Lyman Wyeth. Chappell, who also played the role in April’s co-production at The Old Globe, has appeared on Broadway in “Pride’s Crossing,” “Rumors” and “Getting Away with Murder.” Sutorius has appeared on Broadway in “The Farnsworth Invention,” “Conversations with My Father,” “The Changing Room,” “Hamlet,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “The November People.”

Kate Turnbull, making her TheatreWorks debut, plays Brooke Wyeth. She has appeared Off-Broadway in “Painting Churches” and “Passion Play.”

Julia Brothers returns to TheatreWorks’ stage as Polly Wyeth’s eccentric sister Silda Grauman, while Rod Brogan makes his TheatreWorks debut as Brooke’s brother Trip.

Previews are slated 8 p.m. today through Friday, and the opening-night show is set for 8 p.m. Saturday. Future shows are scheduled 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 and/or 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Tickets are $19-$73.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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