The stage of the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest theater in the country, will host decidedly modern material this month as contemporary drama Other Desert Cities hits the mainstage this week through Sunday, March 2.
A lauded Broadway drama written by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz, the contemporary play looks at the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family Christmas in Palm Springs, when family tensions arise from estrangement, politics and secrets.
After its 2011 Broadway debut, the play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama and received five nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards.
On Broadway, the small cast was made up of such actors as Stockard Channing, Judith Light and Rachel Griffiths, who also starred in Baitz’s Brothers & Sisters. In Philadelphia, a cast full of some of the city’s finest actors tackle the demanding roles.
Currently in previews, the production’s official opening night is Wednesday, January 22, and the show is set to run through Sunday, March 2.
With as many as nine shows a week, including matinees on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, audiences will have plenty of opportunity to catch the current production.
For a last-minute deal on tickets, remaining seats are sold for half price on the day of performance for all mainstage productions. Just use the promo code DAYWST online, in person or by calling 215-574-3550. Or call ahead to reserve one of the 22 upper balcony seats priced at only $10.
Otherwise, tickets are available online or in person at the historic theater’s box office.
Other Desert Cities
When: January 14-March 2
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
More info: www.walnutstreettheatre.org