What:

Open auditions for Other Desert Cities, written by Jon Robin Baitz. 

When:

1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10.

Where:

Pentacle Theatre
324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22,
About 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon

Casting:

Two males, three females. For a full list of parts, genders and ages, please see below.

Auditions:

Actors will read from the script, copies of which are available on loan at the Pentacle Theatre Business Office, 145 Liberty St. NE in downtown Salem for a $10 refundable deposit. Call 503-485-4300, ext. 22, to arrange for pickup.

  • Please arrive promptly by 1 p.m. and plan to stay as late as 5 p.m.
  • Plan to arrive early to fill out an audition form, or download a copy from the Pentacle Theatre auditions webpage and complete it before you arrive. Be sure to write clearly, especially your contact information.
  • Bring your calendar and a complete list of conflicts through Dec. 3.

Callbacks (if needed):

To be announced.

Rehearsals:

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Pentacle Theatre’s rehearsal studio in downtown Salem. The director will set weekend rehearsals and work sessions as needed.

Show dates:

Friday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 3.

About the show:

The Wyeth family Christmas holiday erupts when daughter Brooke arrives bearing a soon-to-be-published memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history. It’s a wound they don’t want reopened—the suicide of Brooke’s brother, Henry, who had been involved with the radical underground subculture.

Character roles:

Brooke Wyeth (early 30’s – early 40’s) — Lyman and Polly’s adult daughter. A writer and New Yorker who thrives on solitude, coffee shops, intelligent conversation, and being understood. She loves her family but also her independence. “An attractive and dry woman.” — JR Baitz.

Polly Wyeth (60’s) — Lyman’s wife. Graceful, funny and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She is deeply devoted to the preservation of her family and all it stands for — and even more to the health of her husband. “Elegant and forthright and whip-smart.” — JR Baitz.

Lyman Wyeth (late 60’s – early 70’s) — The patriarch of the Wyeth family: a real patrician of Californian royalty and a Hollywood B actor with some celebrity and political influence. Seemingly conservative but with a sense of humor about himself and a deep love and care for his adult children. “He is sturdy in the way of old Californians of a particular type.” — JR Baitz.

Trip Wyeth (30’s) — A TV producer who’s easygoing, takes life as it comes, loves being around his family and all its traditions. Devoted to his older sister and her health. “A bright, funny man.”— JR Baitz.

Silda Grauman (50’s – 60’s) — Polly’s sister, a woman of indeterminate age. A former TV writer who has the Bohemian gene in the family. Impulsive, creative, reckless, fragile and funny, she’d rather live alone but depends entirely upon Polly and Lyman for support. “A mess. No makeup, hair disheveled. She wears a muumuu, and carries a pill case marked with the days of the week.” — JR Baitz.

For more information:

Contact director Geri Sanders or call the Pentacle Theater office at 503-485-4300.