AUDITIONS: Other Desert Cities

presented by: Red Octopus Theatre Company

Starts:Wednesday, November 09, 2016  6:30 PMEnds:Saturday, November 12, 2016  4:00 PM



Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Red Octopus Theatre Company will be holding open auditions for Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Barbara Berge. The show opens in April 14, 2017 in the Studio theater at the Newport Performing Arts Center

Auditions will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Center, in the conference room, on:

Wednesday, November 9th from 6:30 – 9:30
Saturday, November 12th from 1:00 – 4:00


About the play: Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs in 2004 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. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

Other Desert Cities was nominated for 5 Tony Awards and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Lyman Wyeth:  Late 60’s early 70’s.  Former actor, and ambassador under Reagan.  Sturdy as an oak, smooth, a peacemaker and negotiator. Beneath his calm exterior lies a passionate protection of the status quo.

Polly Wyeth: Late 60’s.  Lyman’s wife. Ultra conservative, elegant and fierce, Polly suffers no weakness in others. Walking away from her Jewish Texan roots, Polly has embraced a life of wealthy Republican privilege.  

Brooke Wyeth: Late 30’s.  Daughter. Still grieving the loss of her beloved older brother and recovering from depression, Brooke is as headstrong and combative as her mother.

Trip Wyeth: Early 30’s. Younger son. Trip works hard at being happy and keeping the peace among the family members.  Trip produces a reality TV program set in a fake court room.

Silda Grauman: 60’s. Polly’s sister.  Aging hippie, flamboyant, a recovering alcoholic and a mess.  Silda is as fierce in support of Brooke’s memoir as Polly is against it.

This is a great opportunity for actors to explore conflicting personal narratives in a complex and rich play that embraces both comedy and tragedy. Copies of the play are available to read on a short-term basis.  Email the director at:


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