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Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz (Drama)

Director Toni C. Holm <> AUDITIONS / CALLBACKS May 15 to 17 (May 15 @ 2pm, May 16 @ 7pm, May 17/18 callbacks at 7 pm if needed) Final casting mid May 2016, Rehearsals Begin June 1

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz (Drama).  Brooke Wyeth’s family have always been involved in both Hollywood and conservative politics:   In Palm Springs, CA with her for a Christmas reunion are: her father (a former Western movie star known for his prolonged death scenes and a staunch GOP politician), her mother (fiercely protective, but a forceful practitioner of “tough love”) and aunt (liberal and alcoholic) and her brother, creator of a highly successful “reality” TV show.   Brooke has brought the manuscript of her long-awaited new book, a memoir about her older brother’s death, his involvement in a fatal Vietnam War-era bombing of a military recruitment center, and her view of their parents' responsibility for his suicide.  Is she seeking forgiveness or permission?  How will her image-conscious family cope?  What really happened to her older brother?

Performance Dates:
7:55pm:  7/8, 7/9, 7/14, 7/15, 7/16, 7/21, 7/22, 7/23
1:55pm:  7/17, 7/24

Characters are smart, quick-witted and most, deeply flawed. The dialog is swift and sharp.  Actors must be quick.  It’s a drama, but with a fair amount of humor and big doses of irony. The characters are not always exactly what they initially appear to be.
Trip: “We’re all adults here; they will accept it.”
Brooke: “Trip, have you met our parents?”
Brooke Wyeth: (female, late 20’sto early 40’s.) An intelligent, tortured and dry-witted writer, with issues. She idolized her long-gone older brother, doesn’t much like her mother, and tends to bond with her aunt and brother. She is forced to reevaluate all these relationships and some life-long assumptions during the course of the play.
Polly Wyeth: (female, 60’s) Brooke’s Mother. Tough, elegant, forthright and whip-smart. Republican and conservative to the core.  Polly is a “bitch” with high standards for herself and those around her. Externally, fiercely protective of her family, she is not “nice”, but would do anything for her children. The challenge to playing her will be to make her admirable, even if not always likeable.
Lyman Wyeth: (male 60’s-early 70’s.) A former Western movie star. (His lengthy death scene were legendary.)  He’s fit & handsome, but not as strong as he used to be. He loves his children. He’s compassionate but has very firm beliefs about right and wrong. 
Trip Wyeth: (male, mid-20’s-30’s) the younger son. Bright and a bit snarky, he’s the creator and  producer of a TV realty series called “Jury of your Peers”  The only relaxed person in the family Trip has clearly done a lot of therapy.  He’s generally sane and happy with his life and if the others scorn his creation, he’s OK with that.
Silda Grauman: (female, 50+) Sister to Polly. Former Hollywood writer (with her sister). Wise-cracking, alcoholic, a just-out-of-rehab a mess, but with a lot of style.  She’s bright & desperate. Lovely character study of her by Judith Light
For more information about any of the productions, contact the directors directly or the OLT office at 360-786-9484.

   General info about OLT auditions

Our audition procedures are generally as follows, but may vary at the discretion of the Director:
Auditions are typically held on a Monday and a Tuesday evening, starting at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend both nights of auditions, but you are welcome to read both nights of auditions if you'd like. If callbacks are necessary, the director will schedule the date and time.

Audition appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend auditions on the regularly scheduled days and times. In that case, the Director may agree to schedule a separate audition appointment for you. This choice is entirely up to the Director.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not need to have prepared monologues. Copies of the scripts for the current season's plays are available at the Downtown, Lacey, and Tumwater branches of the Timberland Library. You may ask for a copy of the script at the information desk. Scripts are only available for use at the library and may not be checked out.

Headshots and resumes are welcome at auditions, but are not necessary.

Rehearsals are typically Monday through Thursday. Additional rehearsals and/or the rehearsal schedule are at the Director's discretion. Performances are typically Thursday through Sunday; Sunday is the only matinee. Special performances are typically on the Tuesday evening after the second weekend of performances.

Olympia Little Theatre is a community theater and you need not have any previous experience, just passion and commitment!