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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE
SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF OTHER DESERT CITIES


Old Globe Associate Artists Kandis Chappell, Robert Foxworth and
Robin Pearson Rose Return to the Globe Stage with
Globe Veteran Dana Green and Newcomer Andy Bean

SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the San Diego premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s award-winning family drama Other Desert Cities. Directed by Richard Seer, Other Desert Cities will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, April 27 – June 2, 2013. Preview performances run April 27 – May 1. Opening night is Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Other Desert Cities is a co-production with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

“Jon Robin Baitz is one of the most important playwrights now working in the American Theater, and everything that makes him such a significant voice is on striking display in Other Desert Cities,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The play is a detailed and humane exploration of how the crosscurrents that flow through the world around us can buffet even our most intimate relationships. Set in Palm Springs, it’s also a sharp and captivating look at what makes California so unique—and as a newcomer to the state, I appreciate the insights! I’m happy to have the play on our stage, especially in the capable hands of Globe favorite Richard Seer.”

Novelist Brooke Wyeth is home in Palm Springs for the holidays with a copy of her latest manuscript—one she’s not showing her parents. Her brother Trip is a reality show producer, her father Lyman a former movie actor turned politician, her mother Polly a ’60s-era comedy writer turned socialite—but now long-buried secrets threaten to put her picture-perfect famous family back on the tabloid pages. Other Desert Cities is a riveting portrait of a prominent family and their very public fall from grace.

Three Old Globe Associate Artists return to the Globe stage for this explosive family reunion. Kandis Chappell (Polly Wyeth) has appeared in over 30 productions at The Old Globe, more than any other actress in Globe history, including the recent 100th anniversary production of Pygmalion, The Dining Room, Richard III, The Norman Conquests, King Lear and Collected Stories. She has also appeared on Broadway in Rumors and Getting Away with Murder. Robert Foxworth (Lyman Wyeth) was most recently featured at the Globe in the 2012 Shakespeare Festival productions of Inherit the Wind and Richard III, and his Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Twelve Angry Men, Ivanov, Honour, Judgment at Nuremberg and Henry V. Robin Pearson Rose (Silda Grauman) has appeared at the Globe in August: Osage County, Vincent in Brixton, Da, All My Sons and Dancing at Lughnasa, and she has also been seen on Broadway in Holiday and The Visit.

Joining them on stage is Dana Green (Brooke Wyeth), who was nominated for two San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for the Globe’s 2012 Shakespeare Festival productions of As You Like It and Richard III. Her additional Globe credits include Life of Riley, Cyrano de Bergerac and Twelfth Night. Rounding out the cast and making his Globe debut is Andy Bean (Trip Wyeth), whose regional credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Arena Stage, Seminar at City Theatre and ’68 at LAByrinth Theater Company.

The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), York Kennedy (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).

Other Desert Cities is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Mary Ann Blair, Paula and Brian Powers and Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner. Additional support is provided by HoyleCohen.

Jon Robin Baitz (Playwright) has written the plays Mizlansky/Zilinsky or “Schmucks,” The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 1996), Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter as well as a version of Hedda Gabler (Broadway, 2001). He created ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” which ran for five seasons. His other television work includes the PBS version of Three Hotels, for which he won the Humanitas Prize, and episodes of “The West Wing” and “Alias.” He is the author of two screenplays: The Substance of Fire (1996) and People I Know (2002). He is a Guggenheim fellow and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award winner. Other Desert Cities won the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2011 and was a Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012.

Richard Seer (Director) has directed the Globe productions of God of Carnage, Life of Riley, The Last Romance, The Price, Romeo and Juliet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Trying, Fiction, Blue/Orange (San Diego Critics Circle Award), All My Sons, Da and Old Wicked Songs. He has also been Director of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program since 1993. Seer has directed and/or performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on film and television and in over 70 productions at regional theaters in this country and Great Britain, including The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Huntington Theatre Company, Playwrights Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Sybil Thorndike Theatre in England. He originated the role of Young Charlie in the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hugh Leonard’s Da and received the Theatre World Award for his performance. His recent directing credits also include Third (Huntington Theatre Company) and Bill W. and Dr. Bob and Sonia Flew (San Jose Repertory Theatre).

TICKETS to Other Desert Cities can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on April 27 and continue through June 2. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, May 22 and no matinee performance on Saturday, May 25. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Other Desert Cities include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Other Desert Cities
Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience. The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Other Desert Cities
Tuesdays, May 7 and 14 and Wednesday, May 22. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Other Desert Cities cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Other Desert Cities
Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, OUT at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to Other Desert Cities are sold separately.)

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDAR: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (3/8-4/14), A Doll’s House (3/23-4/21), Other Desert Cities (4/27-6/2), Be a Good Little Widow (5/11-6/9), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6/2-9/29), The Merchant of Venice (6/9-9/28), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (6/16-9/26).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

ANDY BEAN (Trip Wyeth) has credits that include Jamie in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Arena Stage), Seminar (City Theatre), ’68 (LAByrinth Theater Company), the world premiere of From Prague (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Three Sisters and In Memoriam: A Recession Play in 13 Acts (Glass Bandits Theater Company), Theory of Everything (Lake George Theater Lab), Blind Date (WingSpan Theatre Company), The Wrestling Season (Dallas Children’s Theater) and Our Town, The Time of Your Life and Richard III (Purchase Repertory Theatre). Bean is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based Glass Bandits Theater Company.

KANDIS CHAPPELL (Polly Wyeth) is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe where she has appeared in more than 30 productions including Pygmalion, The Dining Room, Richard III, Private Lives, The Norman Conquests, King Lear and Collected Stories. She has performed at North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Lyric Opera San Diego, and she has worked extensively at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Chappell has appeared on Broadway, at Lincoln Center Theater and in theaters across the country.

ROBERT FOXWORTH (Lyman Wyeth) is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe and has appeared in Inherit the Wind, Richard III, August: Osage County, King Lear, The Madness of George III, Cornelia, Julius Caesar, Private Lives, Below the Belt, Love Letters and Antony and Cleopatra. In 2011 he played Arthur in Superior Donuts at San Diego Repertory Theatre, for which he won Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. He most recently appeared in Other Desert Cities at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. His most recent appearance on Broadway was in August: Osage County as Charlie Aiken. Also on Broadway, Foxworth has appeared in Twelve Angry Men, Ivanov, Honour, Judgment at Nuremberg and Henry V. He won the Theatre World Award for his portrayal of John Proctor in The Crucible at Lincoln Center Theater. His television series include “Storefront Lawyers,” “Falcon Crest” and “LateLine” with Al Franken. He has guest starred on countless television shows over the years such as a two-year stint on “Six Feet Under,” episodes of “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Foxworth’s regional theater work has included Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), Iago in Othello and The Scottish King in Macbeth (Guthrie Theater), George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Hartford Stage), Uncle Vanya (Geffen Playhouse) and many more. He is the voice of Ratchet in the Transformers movies.

DANA GREEN (Brooke Wyeth) was last seen at The Old Globe in the 2012 Summer Shakespeare Festival as Rosalind in As You Like It and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. Her other Globe credits include Tamsin in Life of Riley and Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac and Viola in Twelfth Night in the 2009 Shakespeare Festival. Green has spent four seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival where some of her favorite roles included Isabella in Measure for Measure, Carol Cutrere in Orpheus Descending, Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Viola in Twelfth Night. Her regional theater credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Portland Center Stage), Pride and Prejudice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (South Coast Repertory), The 39 Steps (La Mirada Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Yale Repertory Theatre), Measure for Measure (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Twelfth Night (California Shakespeare Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), The Constant Wife and The Play’s the Thing (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Hay Fever (Court Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Meadow Brook Theatre) and Twelfth Night and Macbeth (Shakespeare Festival of Dallas). She is a member of The Antaeus Company in Los Angeles.

ROBIN PEARSON ROSE (Silda Grauman) is an Old Globe Associate Artist and has performed at the Globe in Good People, August: Osage County, Vincent in Brixton, Da, All My Sons (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Voir Dire, Dancing at Lughnasa, Wonderful Tennessee and Remembrance. She has appeared on Broadway in Holiday and The Visit directed by Hal Prince and Off Broadway in Summer and Smoke (Roundabout Theatre Company). Some regional theater roles include Third (Huntington Theatre Company), Doubt (Ovation Award nomination), You Can’t Take It with You, All My Sons (Ovation nomination) and Happy Days (Rubicon Theatre Company), Many Happy Returns (Laguna Playhouse), The Carpetbagger’s Children and Dragon Lady (South Coast Repertory), King o’ the Moon and Dancing at Lughnasa (La Mirada Theatre), Amy’s View (Center REP Theatre), Juno and the Paycock (American Conservatory Theater), Sylvia (Stage West) and Joined at the Head (Pasadena Playhouse). Her film credits include Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want, Speechless, Fearless and An Enemy of the People opposite Steve McQueen. Some television appearances include “Mad Men” (recurring), “NCIS,” “Enlightened,” “Life,” “Vanished” (recurring), “The Nine” (recurring), “Grey’s Anatomy” (recurring), “Boston Legal,” “Cold Case,” “Without a Trace,” “Boston Public” and “The White Shadow” (series regular).

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FACT SHEET

OTHER DESERT CITIES
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Richard Seer

RUNS: April 27 – June 2, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: Novelist Brooke Wyeth is home in Palm Springs with a copy of her latest manuscript, and its long-buried secrets threaten to put her famous family back on the tabloid pages.

CREATIVE TEAM: Jon Robin Baitz (Playwright), Richard Seer (Director), Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), York Kennedy (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).

CAST: Andy Bean (Trip Wyeth), Kandis Chappell (Polly Wyeth), Robert Foxworth (Lyman Wyeth), Dana Green (Brooke Wyeth) and Robin Pearson Rose (Silda Grauman).

PREVIEWS:
Apr 27 SAT 8pm
Apr 28 SUN 7pm
Apr 30 TUE 7pm
May 1 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: May 2 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
May 3 FRI 8pm
May 4 SAT 2pm
May 4 SAT 8pm
May 5 SUN 2pm
May 5 SUN 7pm
May 7 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 8 WED 7pm
May 9 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
May 10 FRI 8pm
May 11 SAT 2pm
May 11 SAT 8pm
May 12 SUN 2pm
May 12 SUN 7pm
May 14 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 15 WED 7pm
May 16 THU 8pm
May 17 FRI 8pm
May 18 SAT 2pm
May 18 SAT 8pm
May 19 SUN 2pm
May 19 SUN 7pm
May 21 TUE 7pm
May 22 WED 2pm
May 22 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 23 THU 8pm
May 24 FRI 8pm
May 25 SAT 8pm
May 26 SUN 2pm
May 26 SUN 7pm
May 28 TUE 7pm
May 29 WED 7pm
May 30 THU 8pm
May 31 FRI 8pm
Jun 1 SAT 2pm
Jun 1 SAT 8pm
Jun 2 SUN 2pm
Jun 2 SUN 7pm

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, May 7 and 14 and Wednesday, May 22
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. (Show sold separately.)

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org