Arena's Other Desert Cities to Be Populated by Larry Bryggman, Helen Carey, Emily Donahoe and More
By Kenneth Jones
Tony Award nominees Larry Bryggman and Helen Carey will play Republican parents whose secrets are to be revealed in their daughter's memoir, in Arena Stage's in-the-round production of Other Desert Cities, playing April 26-May 26 in Washington, DC.
Bryggman (Broadway's Proof, "As the World Turns") will be Lyman Wyeth and Carey (Broadway's London Assurance, Arena's Long Day's Journey Into Night) will be Polly Wyeth in the Tony Award-nominated Jon Robin Baitz family drama, set in Palm Springs, CA.
The Kyle Donnelly-directed production on Arena's Fichandler Stage in the Mead Center for American Theater will also feature Hayes Award winner Emily Donahoe (Shakespeare in Hollywood, Broadway's 33 Variations) as unstable daughter Brooke; Scott Drummond (Arena's Well) as TV producer-son Trip; and Martha Hackett (a veteran of South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum and Ford's Theatre) as alcoholic Aunt Silda.
Playwright Baitz is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Fair Country. His other plays are Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "schmucks," The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter.
Donnelly was associate artistic director at Arena Stage 1992-98 and has directed Ah, Wilderness!, Well, The Women, Born Yesterday, She Loves Me, Polk County (Helen Hayes Award Best Musical), Dancing at Lughnasa (Helen Hayes Award Best Production), Misalliance, Tom Walker, Lovers and Executioners, School for Wives and many other productions. She directed the American premiere of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! Off-Broadway and has worked with many regional theatres. She has won Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson Awards.
The Other Desert Cities production team includes Kate Edmunds (set designer), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume designer), Nancy Schertler (lighting designer) and David Van Tieghem (original music/sound designer). Martha Knight is stage manager; Kurt Hall is assistant stage manager; Tara Rubin Casting handled casting.
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