Other Desert Cities | Mar. 14-31, 2013

A CHRISTMAS STORY | Watch out, kid!

2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist and nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play.

See the Colorado Premiere of the show The New York Times dubbed, “the best new play on Broadway.” A family is pushed to the brink in Jon Robin Baitz’s scintillating new drama.

When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with the manuscript of her tell-all memoir in tow, she unearths a devastating family secret. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities “has the appeal of a Broadway hit from another age.”

Other Desert Cities includes strong language, adult situations and drug use.

Other Desert Cities is sponsored, in part, by



By Jon Robin Baitz

The cast of five features Daniel Noel (Lyman), Leah Chandler-Mills (Polly) Birgitta De Pree (Silda), Kate Berry Mann (Brooke) and Sammy Gleason (Trip).

Noel is a veteran actor with 37 years of credits on stage, film and television. He has worked in regional theatre in Santa Monica, Boston, Seattle and New York. Since 1998, he has performed in several productions with the Portland Stage, including Arcadia, A Christmas Carol, Terminal Exit, and Rough Crossing. He created the role of Felix in Joe Papp's Broadway and Off Broadway productions of The Human Comedy.

Chandler-Mills, a theatre instructor at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, has performed in over 35 productions for TheatreWorks and the Fine Arts Center. Trained at The Julliard School, Chandler-Mills played the role of Ismene in a futuristic Antigone in the first Theatre in America production for PBS, toured with Sir Ralph Richardson in his last international tour (Lloyd George Knew My Father), and performed in Arthur Kopit's Wings starring Constance Cummings on Broadway. Her FAC credits include Fuddy Meers, Sunday in the Park with George and Last Night of Ballyhoo.

De Pree is an actor and educator whose work includes performing, writing, directing and teaching. She received her MFA from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver and has performed in venues throughout the United States, including the Denver Center Theater Company, Folger Shakespeare Company, Washington DC, The Rhinoceros Theater, San Francisco, Denver's Comedysportz and The Denver Children's Museum. She is the co-founder of the Millibo Art Theatre and was voted "Best Actress" in the 2012 Gazette "Best of the Springs.”

The Gazette: “Through the years, De Pree has established herself as a confident director, educator and dauntless organizer of the Six Women Playwriting Festival. She’s also beloved as a performer in the Millibo Art Theatre’s run of children’s productions. Perhaps no role inspires an audience’s glee like her Babette Matdiva, the stylish Eastern European host of many Millibo Art Theatre events. In Babette, De Pree’s wit, her genius at ad-lib and ability to embody character not only charm but have virtually established Babette as a person in her own right.”

Berry is a Colorado-based Equity Actor performing in the Arvada Center for the Arts’ production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in 2013 and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 2012, as well as Creede Repertory Theatre's The Road to Mecca in 2011 and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite in 2010 for which she won a Denver Post Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Role.”

Gleason is an FAC favorite at the Theatre performing in The Producers, Sweeney Todd, Crazy For You, 1776, Beauty and the Beast and more. Lately, Gleason has earned writing and performing credits for WYNOT Radio Theatre, which has performed throughout Colorado, including at the Fine Arts Center.

The creative team includes Scott RC Levy (Director), Christopher L. Sheley (Scenic Design), Holly Anne Rawls (Lighting Design), Janson Fangio (Costume Design), Kat Springer (Properties Designer), Katy McGlaughlin (Production Stage Manager).

Mar. 14 | Preview: 1/2 priced tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

Mar. 15 | Opening Night: Enjoy a post-performance reception with the cast.

Mar. 17 | TalkBack: Join Producing Artistic Director Scott RC Levy and cast for a free post-performance discussion.

Mar. 28 | Backstage Tour: Go behind the curtain and learn how the magic happens onstage with a focus on design elements.

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