Other Desert Cities

February 21 — March 22, 2015
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Previews are Feb. 21-26 | Opening night Feb. 27
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Timothy Bond

“Jon Robin Baitz’s seriously satisfying new play”
-The New York Times

In this Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Brooke Wyeth returns home after a long absence to visit her well-connected, conservative parents in Palm Springs. In a dramatic shift, 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 desert sand and dares them all to cross it. “All family reunions should be this satisfying” said The New York Times, praising the play as a ” witty, deeply enjoyable family drama.” A co-production with Syracuse Stage in New York.

General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon
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Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one intermission.

Other Desert Cities is recommended for ages 16+; contains strong language and mature content. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production. The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes. This production features brilliant mid-century architecture and close-to-home family dynamics.

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Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

Politics are Personal: Baitz on “Other Desert Cities”

Politics are Personal: Baitz on “Other Desert Cities”

13 February 2015 & Posted by Claudie Fisher

“The Palm Springs in the play is a kind of battleground, but a battleground at the end of America, where all the promise of the West has been frozen in time.” - Jon Robin Baitz


The Cast and Creative Team of “Other Desert Cities”

06 February 2015 & Posted by Claudie Fisher

Playing the family whose secrets risk exposure are five actors making their PCS debuts! Learn about the talented cast and creative team we’ve assembled for Other Desert Cities.



Art and Photography for Other Desert Cities. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Patrick Brassell | Broadway World [Review 03 Mar 2015]

You Will Walk Out Moved and Surprised

“Amazing writing, deftly handled by an expert cast under thoughtful direction. What else can you ask for?”

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Rich Wattenberg | The Oregonian [Review 03 Mar 2015]

Emotionally Stirring ... Powerful ... Satisfying

“An entertaining and thought-provoking evening of theater. This is a play that one will find oneself mulling over long after the final curtain.”

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Judy Nedry | JudyNedry.com [Review 03 Mar 2015]

Filled with Eloquence, Truth, and Wisdom

“There’s nothing quite like watching a play that is so good and true and real that one squirms in one’s seat. ... Watching an excellent play does that to a person, and Portland Center Stage’s latest production, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, is such a play.”

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