OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by M. Carl Kaufman
Barnard Town Hall
115 North Rd, Barnard, VT
Abigail Bower – Brook Wyeth
Erik Gaetz – Trip Wyeth
Will Giblin – Lyman Wyeth
Darby Hiebert – Polly Wyeth
Beata Randall – Silda Grauman
November 8 & 9, 15 & 16 – 7:30pm
November 10 & 17 – 2pm
Tickets are General Admission and can be purchased at the door, cash or check, or follow link above to pre-purchase with a credit card.
Cast: Beata Randall, Erik Gaetz, Abigail O. Bower, Darby Hiebert, Will Giblin
Barnard, Sept 27, 2019 – BarnArts Center for the Arts continues to bring riveting contemporary scripts to the Central Vermont Community Theater scene with Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, opening November 8th at the Barnard Town Hall. Productions are at 7:30pm, Nov 8-9, 15-16 and 2pm on Nov 10 & 17. Other Desert Cities was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2012 and will be directed by M. Carl Kaufman.
Other Desert Cities centers around the fictional character, writer Brooke Wyeth, who returns from the East Coast to Palm Springs, CA, 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 don’t want reopened—as a way of helping herself heal from the tragedy still haunting her.
“In his most fully realized play to date, Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here,” states a review by Ben Brantley for the New York Times . “Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating, charming and just possibly heroic…leaves you feeling both moved and gratifyingly sated.”
Director M. Carl Kaufman has previously directed for NCCT, Lebanon High School, Parish Players and New Woolhouse. Among his favorite productions are Love, Loss and What I Wore, The Drawer Boy, The Diary of Anne Frank a nd Agnes Of God . He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and has performed professionally at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ivoryton Playhouse, Shaker Bridge Theatre and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival as well as appearing in numerous productions with Northern Stage including The Importance of Being Earnest, The Elephant Man, Of Mice and Men, The Crucible a nd The Diary of Anne Frank . He most recently performed at Jack in BarnArts sold-out production of Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Grange Theatre in Pomfret in February 2018.
Abigail O. Bower is cast as the lead, Brooke Wyeth. Abigail’s recent acting credits include “Germaine” in the Grange Theatre’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile , “Mary” in BarnArts It Can’t Happen Here, and extensive work with the Bread & Puppet Theater in Glover, VT. Other performances include “Mayella” in To Kill A Mockingbird (Umbrella Arts), “Young Woman” in Machinal (Acadia University) and in two film: “Wendy” in The Golden Scallop (Grandview Productions) and “ballroom dancer” in The Finest Hours (Walt Disney Productions). Abigail directed the play The Clean House this past winter with BarnArts at The Grange Theatre.
Erik Gaetz plays Brooke’s younger brother, Trip, the family peace-maker. Erik has appeared at Northern Stage ( Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Mr. Popper’s Penguins ), the Parish Players ( Almost, Maine, Death of a Salesman, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister, Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World, True West ), and in the independent film Thrasher Road.
Will Giblin plays Brooke’s father, Lyman. He has worked for many years with the Parish Players, appearing in Curse of the Starving Class, The Last Pad, Death of A Salesman, and The Drawer Boy, as well as numerous Ten Minute Play Festivals. He has also worked with the Valley Players and Essex Players, and Northern Stage during its early formation. He has appeared at the Flynn Theater and the Fleming Museum in Burlington in original improvisational pieces, and wrote and performed the one man show “Hide and Go Seek.”
Darby Hiebert is cast as Polly Wyeth, the dominating matriarch of the family. She recently acted with BarnArts in the roles of “Virginia” in The Clean House and “Kate” in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other roles include “The Storyteller” in 2015 Christmas Revels, “Maggie”in The Shadowbox, ensemble in Love, Loss, and What I Wore and “Mrs. Gibbs” in Our Town. Film credits include Sheila in Thrasher Road which is currently making its round on the independent film festival circuit.
Beata Randall provides the comic relief of the play as Silda, Polly’s alcoholic and bitingly-honest sister. Beata grew up outside of Boston, acting and singing with the Weston Drama Workshop as a youth and during college. She returned to the stage after a 30 year break and has performed locally with Shaker Bridge Theatre, NCCT as “Golde” in Fiddler on the Roof , and with We the People Theatre as “The Waitress” in Working.