At the Arthur Newman Theatre beginning April 8, 2016.

Other Desert Cities is a popular contemporary comedy/drama set in Palm Springs, CA playing April 8-17,  2016 at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert, CA.

The widely popular play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz is a smart drama filled with serious laughter and repartee that dazzles and decimates. Christmas is always somewhat surreal in Palm Springs. And it’s made even more so this year when Brooke returns home after a long absence to present her conservative parents with a tell-all confessional novel that exposes a pivotal event in family history. Don’t miss the most powerful play of our 2015-16 season!

Lance Phillips-Martinez directs the talents of: June August (Silda), Jason Lewis (Lyman), Marjory Lewis (Polly), Luke Rainey (Trip) and Daniela Ryan (Brooke).

The Production crew includes: Ron Phillips-Martinez (CEO/Producer), Bruce Weber (Sets), Claudia Gomez (Stage Manager), Michele Dobson (Costumes), Tanner Lieser (Sound) and Violet Feath (Crew).

The Play

Other Desert Cities premiered Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater on January 13, 2011, in a limited engagement run, closing on February 27, 2011.   The production starred Stockard Channing as Polly Wyeth, Linda Lavin as Silda Grauman, Stacy Keach as Lyman Wyeth, Thomas Sadoski as Trip Wyeth and Elizabeth Marvel as Brooke Wyeth.  It was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle.

The play transferred to Broadway at the Booth Theatre on November 3, 2011. Judith Light replaced Lavin and Rachel Griffiths replaced Marvel. Both the Off-Broadway and Broadway production were directed by Baitz’s former romantic partner Joe Mantello.  This production received five nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards, including for Best Play, Best Actress in a Play (Stockard Channing), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Judith Light), Best Scenic Design (John Lee Beatty), and Best Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner). Judith Light won for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“Desert Theatreworks is beyond thrilled to present this beautifully written contemporary play,” says Artistic Director/Director Lance Phillips-Martinez, “There is so much to relate to in the text.  The story is not really about a republican family with a secret; this is about the family dynamic and the understanding between parents and children that can develop as we age.”


Other Desert Cities contains some mature language and is recommended for ages 15 and up.

Performance dates and times

April 8, 9, 15, 16  2016 at 7pm

April 9, 10, 16, 17 2016 at 2pm


The Arthur Newman Theatre,

73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert CA, 92260

Ticket prices

General admission $26

Senior $24

Student (with ID) $16

Groups of 8 or more call box office 760-980-1455

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Joslyn Center: 73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert CA, 92260, and by phone 760-980-1455.