CHATHAM, NJ- The Chatham Community Players opens their 97th Season with Jon Robin Baitz’s clever, biting and humorous play, “Other Desert Cities”. This production will run from October 5 through October 20. Jonathan Wierzbicki from Ringoes directs.
The play follows Brooke Wyeth as she 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 do not want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. “The people that playwright Baitz creates are conflicted - lovingly cruel, depressingly hopeful, happily woeful. He captures the dynamics and range of feelings that families have for one another as few writers can. These characters are not heroes or villains - they're just people. Pieces like “Other Desert Cities” remind us that we are all going through our own private battles- that life is a struggle for our own truth, but that truth comes at a price”, said their director, Wierzbicki.
The talented group of actors that make up the “Other Desert Cities” cast are Adriana Spizuoco of South Orange as Brooke Wyeth, Lynn Langone of Cranford as Polly Wyeth, David Romankow of Gillette as Lyman Wyeth, Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough as Silda Grauman and Scott Tyler of Morristown as Trip Wyeth.
Rounding out Wierzbicki’s talented production team, the Producer is Eileen Johnston, Production Coordinator is Steffi Denmark, Stage Manager is Andrea Sickler, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Costume Designer is Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy, Props & Decoration by Tish Lum & Kate Pierce and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico. Producer, Eileen Johnston of Springfield added,” this is a play that everyone can relate to in one way or another. Within our own family dynamics we have all felt our story should be heard, or not heard, as we wish”
Box Office Information – Online Ticketing
Performance dates are October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8pm and October 14 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.
Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to ccp.booktix.com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on September 25 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. “Other Desert Cities” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
About the Chatham Playhouse
The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2018-2019 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.