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"This play is too exceptional to be missed." –Mary Hembree

"it's breathtaking.  The script is tight and witty.  Katherine Almquist's sharp direction unreels truths inexorably and the message is clear.  Baitz looked at the world in 2004 and made a pretty good guess about what lay ahead." –Marsden Epworth

Other Desert Cities

By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Katherine Almquist

July 6,7 13,14,15 20,21,22 27,28, 2018
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee

A daughter returns home for Christmas for the first time in years, bearing the manuscript of a memoir, which reveals a devastating episode in the life of her wealthy Republican family. The events, years in the past, emotionally ravaged the daughter; disturbed the upbringing of the younger son, a child when the events happened; opened a schism between the mother and her sister; and shattered the orderly lives of the parents, causing their ostracism from an intimate circle of friends, which included President and Mrs. Reagan. Powerful, passionate and superbly crafted.

"The most richly enjoyable play for grown-ups that New York has known in many seasons."
— New York Times

Cast


John Squires

Kit Colbourn

Eileen Epperson

Steven Schroko

Reesa Nestor

Latest News

'Other Desert Cities' is Powerful and Prescient By Marsden Epworth Lakeville Journal

Theater review: Family secrets revealed By Joanne Greco Rochman Republican-American

Upcoming Auditions for Steve Martin's farce, The Underpants, on July 9 and 10 from 7 to 9 pm.

Theater Review: Director Frome, With Strong Cast And Crew, Delivers Big With Shakespeare Farce – Elizabeth Young, The Newtown Bee

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Announcements

The Sherman Playhouse will be accepting applications for directors and their productions (musical and non-musical) for its 2019 season. Please fill out the appropriate form and return to Robin Frome, Reading Committee Liaison at his email address: Frome@snet.net by August 1, 2018.

2019 Director Submission Form

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4 days ago

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See why Marsden Epworth of The Lakeville Journal calls Other Desert Cities "Breathtaking....Witty and tight".
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See why Marsden Epworth of The Lakeville Journal  calls Other Desert Cities Breathtaking....Witty and tight. 
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7 days ago

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From the Desk of Mary Fullem Hembree, Freelance Theater Critic

"This ensemble cast is perfect – no misses, no stalled timing – and that is a tribute to Mrs. Almquist's skill as a director. This is a challenging play to deliver and her guiding hand is evident in the caliber of the performance I saw Friday night. It was mesmerizing!!Impeccable, flawless, overflowing with talent from every aspect – actors, direction, set design and lighting.

Theatre for me is about being transported from my seat to a place in my head where I’m so involved with the performance I momentarily forget where I am. Other Desert Cities was the epitome of that experience for me."

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From the Desk of Mary Fullem Hembree, Freelance Theater Critic

This ensemble cast is perfect – no misses, no stalled timing – and that is a tribute to Mrs. Almquists skill as a director.  This is a challenging play to deliver and her guiding hand is evident in the caliber of the performance I saw Friday night.  It was mesmerizing!!Impeccable, flawless, overflowing with talent from every aspect – actors, direction, set design and lighting.
 
Theatre for me is about being transported from my seat to a place in my head where I’m so involved with the performance I momentarily forget where I am.  Other Desert Cities was the epitome of that experience for me.

Two More Weekends.  Shermanplayers.org

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Todays Newtown Bee

"Directed by Katherine Almquist and blessed with a gifted and talented cast, this Sherman Players production packs a punch on many levels. This is a play that resonates; a superb presentation it is not to be missed." Elizabeth Young,

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Todays Newtown Bee

Directed by Katherine Almquist and blessed with a gifted and talented cast, this Sherman Players production packs a punch on many levels.  This is a play that resonates; a superb presentation it is not to be missed.  Elizabeth Young,

Continues this weekend: Shermanplayers.org

 

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Wow! The praise keeps coming!!! Can’t wait to breathe life into this again tonight!!!

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IMPORTANT. Since the presence of newspaper reviewers is dwindling we would like to give an opportunity for our audience to chime in on their experiences at our shows. Please email Robin Frome in charge of publicity with a few sentences about your thoughts on the current production if and when you happen to attend any of the performances. Community and culture coming together.

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IMPORTANT. Since the presence of newspaper reviewers is dwindling we would like to give an opportunity for our audience to chime in on their experiences at our shows. Please email Robin Frome in charge of publicity with a few sentences about your thoughts on the current production if and when you happen to attend any of the performances. Community and culture coming together. 
 
Send to Frome@snet.net
Thanks for your support.

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John Squires and Eileen Epperson in Other Desert Cities. Photo by Agnes Fohn, set design by Paul Tines
Lighting by Al Chiappetta Costumes by Lisa Bonelli
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John Squires and Eileen Epperson in Other Desert Cities.  Photo by Agnes Fohn, set design by Paul Tines
Lighting by Al Chiappetta  Costumes by Lisa Bonelli
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Summer theater is upon us! Here is the first in our Summer theater focused shows - Reesa Nestor & Kit Colbourn from 'Other Desert Cities' opening July 6th at Sherman Playhouse!

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FYI. Sides for Underpants auditions are online now under latest news on home page.
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IMPORTANT: The Playhouse play search committee has changed their 2019 season play submission date to August 1 this year. Applications still at our website: Shermanplayers.org ... See moreSee less

 

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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Sherman Playhouse will be auditioning for Steve Martin's farce, The Underpants, July 9 and 10 from 7 to 9 pm at The Sherman Playhouse 5 Rt. 39 North in Sherman, CT under the direction of Dan Freidman.
The casting calls for 4 males and 2 females ages 20-60.

The plot is as follows: Louise and Theo Maske are a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise's momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Maske's home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Pics and resumes are encouraged but not required. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday nights to start depending on cast availability. The production opens September 21 and closes October 13. For more info from the director please email him directly at: danf417@gmail.com
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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Sherman Playhouse will be auditioning for Steve Martins farce, The Underpants, July 9 and 10 from 7 to 9 pm at The Sherman Playhouse 5 Rt. 39 North in Sherman, CT under the direction of Dan Freidman. 
The casting calls for 4 males and 2 females ages 20-60.

The plot is as follows:  Louise and Theo Maske are a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louises bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louises momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Maskes home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Pics and resumes are encouraged but not required. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday nights to start depending on cast availability.   The production opens September 21 and closes October 13.  For more info from the director please email him directly at: danf417@gmail.com
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