Other Desert Cities

Date(s) - 1 Aug 2013
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

Captioned Performance of ‘Other Desert Cities’: Thursday, 1 August 2013 at 7.30pm

Black Swan State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company present:


“Baitz’s script sparkles with a deep understanding of the turmoil boiling beneath the surface of his characters and it is chockfull of wonderful lines.”
Associated Press

After a six-year absence, Brooke returns to her parents’ home in Palm Springs, California, with a bombshell. She is about to publish a memoir about a terrible event in her family’s past, a tragedy that her parents do not want to remember.

Brooke has come home to draw a line in the sand and is daring her family to cross it. Her brother won’t play her game; her aunt knows way too much and her parents fall into all their old routines as they plead with her to keep their story quiet. In this family, secrets are currency and everyone is rich.

Other Desert Cities is about a girl who comes home with a story about where she is from, who her people really are, what she thinks they really are. Her parents represent an Establishment that she feels has betrayed her country. She goes to war with them and blood is spilled.

Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play (2012). Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2012).

“Other Desert Cities is a winner . . . funny and fierce, invigorating and intelligent.” Daily News

“A profoundly moving family drama about the generational divide, revealing the fault lines that have cracked the entire fabric of middle class America. This play will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It offers warmth and compassion to any family who knows what it is to risk everything to save a child, even when they are a grown-up.” Kate Cherry

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