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The Cast and Creative Team of “Other Desert Cities”

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 06 February 2015

Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Timothy Bond


D'Arcy Dersham………………………Brooke Wyeth
Barbara Broughton…………………Polly Wyeth
Ned Schmidtke……………………….Lyman Wyeth
Dori Legg...……………………….......Silda Grauman
Joel Reuben Ganz……………………Trip Wyeth

Creative Team

Jon Robin Baitz....................Playwright
Timothy Bond......................Director
William Bloodgood..............Scenic Designer
Devon Painter......................Costume Designer
Dawn Chiang........................Lighting Designer
Casi Pacilio...........................Sound Designer
Jana Crenshaw.....................Composer
Mary McDonald-Lewis.........Dialect Coach
Liam Kaas-Lentz ..................Stage Manager
Bailey Anne Maxwell.............Production Assistant

The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Cast Biographies

Barbara Broughton
Polly Wyeth
Barbara Broughton is pleased to be making her debut at Portland Center Stage. Her Broadway credits include the original Sunday in the Park with George and Music Music at City Center Theatre. Among her numerous Off Broadway credits are Grey Gardens at Playwrights Horizons, Concertina’s Rainbow at Cherry Lane Theatre, A Little Night Music at The York Theatre and The Red Truck at Epic Theatre. Some of her favorite regional roles include Big Edie in Grey Gardens (Studio Theatre D.C.), Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Dallas Theatre Center), Marianne in The Bird Sanctuary (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Emilia in The Comedy of Errors (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly (Hangar Theatre), Mercy Lott in Humble Boy (BoarsHead Theatre), Ester in The Price (Northern Stage), Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady (Pioneer Theatre) and Mme. De Volanges in Les  Liaisons Dangereuses and Annabelle in George Washington Slept Here (The Pittsburgh Public Theatre). National Tours: Sarah (Company), George M!. Television/Film:  Law & Order, The Sunset Gang (PBS) and The Producers.

D'Arcy Dersham
Brooke Wyeth
Portland Center Stage debut. Work at other theaters includes: Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Dusk Rings a Bell); Portland Stage Company (The Sisters Rosensweig); Trinity Repertory Company (Social Creatures, House & Garden, The Skin of Our Teeth, A Christmas Carol, The Syringa Tree, Absurd Person Singular, Homebody/Kabul, Dinner with Friends); Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (Body Awareness, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom); The Vineyard Playhouse (Hotline, To Kill a Mockingbird, Irene's Riff); Perishable Theatre (1:23, Falling Up, Lazarus Disposed); Elemental Theatre Collective (A Bright Room Called Day, Amadeus, King Stag); Trinity Summer Shakespeare (The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors). A graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory’s M.F.A. Acting program, D’Arcy also holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from Oberlin College, and studied physical theater under Jacques Lecoq at L’École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris. Voice and Speech faculty at the Brown/Trinity Repertory M.F.A. Program for eight years, and proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2002. With unending gratitude to all of my parents, whose support has meant everything to me. And for Billy.

Joel Reuben Ganz
Trip Wyeth
Mr. Ganz is thrilled to make his Portland Center Stage debut. He appeared on Broadway in War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater). Other New York credits include Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater Educational) and The Clown Play (New York Fringe Festival). Regionally, Mr. Ganz appeared in Measure for Pleasure (Woolly Mammoth); Othello (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); The Book Club Play and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Shear Madness and The Lisbon Traviata (The Kennedy Center); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Round House Theatre); The Death of Meyerhold and Take Me Out (Studio Theatre); Pangs of the Messiah, Honey Brown Eyes and The Admission (Theater J); and The Illusion (Actor's Express). Television credits include Unforgettable on CBS and What Would You Do? on ABC. Mr. Ganz is an associate artist with Faction of Fools, a commedia dell'arte troupe in Washington, D.C. Internationally, he worked on productions in Scotland, France and Corsica. He received his B.A. in Theatre Studies from Emory University and his graduate degree from the International Theater School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. Mr Ganz teaches movement technique and works as a movement and aesthetics consultant.
Dori Legg
Silda Grauman
NY: Syracuse Stage: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Toy Box Theatre: The Short Fall; Origin Theatre: Shaving the Pickle. Regional: Actor’s Theatre Of Louisville: Noises Off; Fulton Theatre: August: Osage County, Enchanted April, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Prides Crossing, Glorious; Arena Stage: The Women; Folger Shakespeare Theatre: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Melissa Arctic; Interact Theatre: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Purloined Letter, Great Expectations, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush; Humana Festival: This Beautiful City; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Recent Tragic Events (Helen Hayes nomination); Triad Stage: Snow Queen, Brother Wolf; Round House Theatre: Season’s Greetings, Escape from Happiness; Delaware Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank; Two River Theatre: Barefoot in the Park. Film: The Daft Penguin, El Camino, Double Negative, Guilty As Charged. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI, Homicide, As the World Turns, Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Ned Schmidtke
Lyman Wyeth
Ned Schmidtke is delighted to be making his debut at Portland Center Stage and to be working again with Director Timothy Bond. Recent stage appearances include You Can’t Take It With You, The Curse of Oedipus, Macbeth and Tonight At Eight Thirty (Antaeus Company, Los Angeles); Loot (Ensemble Theatre Company, Santa Barbara); and Groundswell, The Pleasure of his Company, Sea of Tranquility, A Body of Water, Blue/Orange and Pericles (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego). Ned has worked two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as at the Utah, Illinois and Stratford (Canada) Shakespeare festivals. Other regional credits include the Goodman and Steppenwolf theaters in Chicago, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Washington D.C., The Huntington Theatre, Boston and the Long Wharf, New Haven. He was in the Broadway and National Tour of Aren’t We All with Rex Harrison and Claudette Colbert and the National Tour of Six Degrees of Separation with Marlo Thomas. Recent films include The Change Up, Accepted and Wedding Crashers. He has also made many, many appearances on both daytime and primetime television. Ned’s been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for over forty years, and for much of that time has served as a member of Equity’s National Council.

Creative Team Biographies

Jon Robin Baitz
Jon Robin Baitz’s plays include The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country (Pulitzer Prize finalist 1996), Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter, as well as a version of Hedda Gabler (Broadway 2001). He created Brothers and Sisters, the TV series which ran for five seasons, until 2011. Other TV work includes PBS’ version of Three Hotels, for which he won the Humanitas Award, and episodes of The West Wing and Alias. He is the author of two screenplays: the film script for The Substance of Fire (1996) and People I know (2002). He is a founding member of Naked Angels Theatre Company and on the faculties of the M.F.A. programs at The New School for Drama, and SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton. His play Other Desert Cities won the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2011.
Timothy Bond
Timothy Bond is in his eighth season as producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Before moving back east, Mr. Bond served as Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he directed 12 productions from 1996-2007. Prior to OSF, Bond directed over 20 plays and helmed the MultiCultural Playwrights Festival at Seattle Group Theatre, where he also served as Artistic Director from 1991-1996. Tim has guest directed at many theatres including The Guthrie, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, A Contemporary Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Baxter Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa) and The Market Theatre (Johannesburg). Tim’s directing credits include The Piano Lesson, Twelfth Night, The Brothers Size, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Top Dog/Underdog, Fences, Marisol, Death of a Salesman, Crowns, El Paso Blue, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Raisin in the Sun, The Price, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Gem of the Ocean, and The Glass Menagerie. Bond won Backstage West’s Garland Award for Les Blancs and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Bond holds an B.F.A. from Howard University and a M.F.A. in directing from the University of Washington.
William Bloodgood
Scenic Designer
William returns to Portland Center Stage for his thirteenth production, having previously designed the scenery for Misalliance (2007), The Beard of Avon and Twelfth Night (2008), Snow Falling on Cedars (2010), The Imaginary Invalid and Oklahoma! (2011)and Sweeney Todd (2012). William has designed for many regional theaters in the U.S. and abroad, including Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the U.K., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and especially for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2002 he was presented with The (Oregon) Governor’s Award for the Arts. He now teaches at the University of Texas in Austin.
Costume Designer
Devon Painter
Devon lives in Bradley Beach, New Jersey, and pinches herself often that she gets to do this to earn a living. Highlights in her design career include work for the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Launch Pad at UCSB, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Contemporary American Theater Festival and American Players Theater. She was Associate Costume Designer to the Tony Award-winning Desmond Heeley on The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011. Her work was included in the exhibit Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.
Lighting Designer
Dawn Chiang
Dawn’s prior designs for PCS were Crowns and The Old Settler. She has designed the lighting at numerous regional theaters including Arena Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater and Syracuse Stage. On Broadway, Dawn designed the lighting for Zoot Suit, was co-designer for Tango Pasion, and associate lighting designer for Show Boat, The Life and the original production of La Cage Aux Folles. Off-Broadway, she has designed for the Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and co-designed the first two seasons of the Encores! concert musical series at New York City Center. Dawn was resident lighting designer for New York City Opera, where her designs included A Little Night Music and La Fanciulla del West. Awards include two Dramalogue Awards and nominations for an American Theatre Wing/Maharam Design Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and San Francisco Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award.
Casi Pacilio
Sound Designer
Casi keeps busy with a variety of work and play in Portland and around the country. PCS credits include Threesome, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Othello, A Small Fire, Chinglish, Twist Your Dickens (2013 and 2014), The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, Cabaret, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and eight seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Hand2Mouth Theatre credits: Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.
Mary McDonald-Lewis 
Dialect Coach
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a working artist since 1979 as SAG-AFTRA voice actor and on-camera performer, and in theatre for much longer as actor and director. MaryMac has been a dialect coach since 1999, and is house coach for Hallmark Hall of Fame, the series LeverageGrimm and others. Film, television and stage clients range from overnight sensations to Drammy, Obie, Emmy and Oscar winners, and include a Knight of the British Empire. She is blessed to be Resident Artist, Speech and Text Director, at Artists Repertory Theatre and house coach at Portland Center Stage. MaryMac thanks Finnegan, Sullivan and Flynn for always wagging their tails when she comes home from telling her tales. www.marymac.com
Liam Kaas-Lentz
Stage Manager

Liam is a native of Bellingham, WA. He is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, having served as their stage and production manager for the past ten years and thirteen productions. He has also stage managed for Hand2Mouth Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Oregon Children's Theatre, Pixie Dust Productions, The Kitchen, River to River Festival, Teatro Milagro and many others. He received his B.F.A. in stage management from Southern Oregon University and his M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University. Liam has also taught stage and production management with a focus on ensemble, devised, and site-specific contexts and methodologies at Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Portland State University, Reed College and Lewis and Clark College. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and lives with his wife and two cats in southeast Portland.
Bailey Anne Maxwell
Production Assistant
Bailey Anne Maxwell is thrilled to be joining Portland Center Stage this season. Bailey has most recently worked as a Production Assistant with Artists Repertory Theatre on The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Foxfinder, Ten Chimneys, The Lost Boy and Seven Guitars. Bailey has recently enjoyed being the Stage Manager on Tamer Tamed and the Assistant Stage Manager on Taming of the Shrew with Portland Shakespeare Project. She has also worked with Profile Theatre as a Stage Management Apprentice on Buried Child and Eyes for Consuela. Bailey is a Linfield College graduate and a proud member of the EMC program.
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