Project: “Other Desert Cities”
Location: Winchester, MA
When: February 11 and 12, 2015
First Congregational Church
21 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Call backs: Monday February 16 if required.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Familiarity with script is not required but is suggested.
Production Dates: Fridays and Saturdays April 24 – May 9 2015
Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning March 2, 2015
OTHER DESERT CITIES SYNOPSIS
Politics, secrets, addiction and a book push the bounds of a family’s unconditional love and loyalty.
It’s Christmas Eve 2004 and Polly & Lyman Wyeth are fighting to keep a secret of more than 30 years. Their daughter Brooke has written a book that threatens to open old wounds, unspeakable memories and a day that they hoped might never come. A story of parents and children struggling to reconcile political and moral differences that divided thousands of American families in the 1960’s and 70’s.
The New York Times wrote of the five characters in it’s review: “…there are five members in the cast of this ripping family drama of politics, domestic and otherwise, and you never want to take your eyes off a single one of them.”
Age ranges are those of the characters. What matters most for age purposes is if you have the ability to either play or look the age range you are being considered for.
POLLY WYETH – 60’s
Formidable and smart. As aggressive in the protection of her family as a grizzly bear and an advocate of tough love. Almost nothing gets by her and is a master of cutting verbal repartee.
BROOKE WYETH – 40’s
Polly and Lyman’s daughter. Emotionally fragile and depressive yet as relentless as her mother in her search for what she perceives to be the truth.
LYMAN WYETH – 60’s
Polly’s husband. A former TV & movie actor and conservative political advocate. He is the quiet side of his marriage with Polly yet no less smart or formidable in his way. There is always a sense of something bubbling beneath the surface. When he speaks people stop and listen.
SILDA GRAUMAN – 60’s
Former TV writing partner of her sister Polly. A sharp-tongued barely recovering alcoholic out of rehab. As much of a mess as she is, she finds ways to push the buttons and boundaries of her politically opposite sister and brother-in-law.
TRIP WYETH – 30’s
Polly and Wyeth’s youngest son. A TV producer. He is bright, funny, politically savvy but does not let that interfere or color his relationship with his parents as some other family members allow it to do. He is the proverbial arbiter of family feuds and it is this trait that is one of catalysts in fleshing out the truth of the secrets in Other Desert Cities.