Abilene Community Theatre is pleased to announce open auditions for OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz, and directed by Adam Singleton, to be held on Monday, September 28th thru Wednesday, September 30th, from 7 to 9PM, via Zoom Meetings, by appointment. Performance dates are November 13th thru 15th and November 20th thru 22nd. OTHER DESERT CITIES, as well as all the productions in ACT’s 2020-2021 season, is sponsored by the Excelsior Foundation.

Spanning the international disasters of war, the bitter feuds of American politics, and the intricate and equally bitter dynamics of one family’s love and grief, Jon Robin Baitz’s OTHER DESERT CITIES is a sharply observed drama, with themes of depression, addiction, family and memory. First published and produced in 2010, OTHER DESERT CITIES tells the story of the Wyeth family, when daughter Brooke returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas, who is anxious about revealing her publishing plans for her new memoir, about the suicide of her beloved older brother who was involved in the anti-war bombing of a draft board during the Vietnam War and brought disgrace to his unforgiving mother and father.

OTHER DESERT CITIES is being produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The cast consists of:

  • BROOKE WYETH - Female, 30s-40s, Highly educated author, bitter distant with family after her brother Henry’s estrangement and suicide. Liberal. Dry wit. Middle child of the family.
  • POLLY WYETH - Female, 60s-70s, Dignified and conservative, tough and smart. Former screenwriter. Matriarch of the family.
  • LYMAN WYETH - Male, 60s-70s, Former Hollywood actor and ambassador for President Reagan. Conservative and dignified. Patriarch of the family.
  • SILDA GRAUMAN- Female, 60s-70s, Polly’s sister and former writing partner. Bitter wit but has wisdom. Alcoholic black sheep of the family.
  • TRIP WYETH - Male, Late 20s-30s, TV producer, funny, peacemaker and youngest child of the family.

Auditions are for all parts, and no previous acting experience is necessary. Auditions for this show will consist of a 30 second to one-minute dramatic monologue from a published play (self-composed monologues will not be accepted). Auditions will be virtually conducted via Zoom by appointment. Appointments may be made by emailing, with 3 desired dates and 10 minute time slots (example: Tuesday, September 29th at 8:10pm; Monday, September 29th at 7:30pm; or Wednesday, September 30th at 8:30pm). A confirmation email with additional audition information, audition application, and ACT’s COVID-19 operations information will be sent to you. If the auditionee cannot audition via Zoom, a video of the monologue may be submitted via email – please email for information. 

For more information about these productions, to request posters or graphics, and to arrange interviews or appearances, please contact Mike Stephens, ACT Vice President of Production Support and Media Contact at or at 325-513-2706.

Abilene Community Theatre is a 100% volunteer-driven, non-profit theater (501c3) established to share and promote theatre arts in Abilene and the Big Country. With a mission “to entertain, engage, and educate”, involvement in Abilene Community Theatre has been spearheaded by those who feel strongly about creating a space to develop art in the community. Formed in 1954, the 2020-21 Season is ACT’s 66th year of operation. Abilene Community Theatre is located at 809 Barrow, Abilene, Texas 79605.

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