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"Other Desert Cities"   - Project ID # 1599442
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Potomac, MD Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   08-08-19
Audition Date   08-26-19 Submission Deadline   08-24-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Washington, DC>Baltimore, MD

It is Christmas Eve, 2004, and the Wyeth family is beginning to gather in Palm Springs, California. Polly and Lyman and the parents of Brooke Wyeth, who lives in New York writing for a magazine. She is coming home this holiday after six years of not seeing the family. Silda, who is Polly's sister, also makes a visit now that she is out of rehab. At one point, Polly and Silda wrote an MGM television series, but the sisters became mad at each other and stopped seeing the other because they looked at the world in a different way from one another. At one point, Brooke had a younger brother, Henry, who committed suicide, She felt that it would be a good time to once again bring up what happened.

Brooke is struggling with becoming independent from her parents, as they don't want her to return back to New York. She wants to make a memoir for her brother that died, but her parents don't want to be reminded of it. She finally decides that she is going to do it whether or not they like it, not caring if they ever speak to her again. Lyman, for the first time ever, speaks up about the truth of his son's death. He feel like he contributed to it after he slapped his son for a reason that now seemed silly. He wasn't being supportive to him an feels he led Henry to his death.

This dark secret shared, the whole family is mournful. Brooke, at the point of desperation, throws he memoir into the air and screams of her mental suffering that has went on ever since Henry's death. An epilogue shows that, after the death of Lyman and Polly, the memoir is published and Brooke wonders when she will see Henry again.

The name Other Desert Cities comes from a sign that Brooke saw when driving to California, telling of Indio, California and all of the other cities that "don't really matter."

Role # 1 - Brooke Submit yourself for this role
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Brooke is the second oldest daughter of Polly and Lyman. She is a writer whose closest friend was her brother Henry, who she was led to believe committed suicide after he was blamed for a fire bombing that killed a man. She is about to publish her second book, a memoir about her brother's death and her parent's responsibility in causing him to become the man he was. She has brought manuscripts from her book for her family to read at Christmas time in Palm Springs.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Polly Submit yourself for this role
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Polly is Brooke's mother. She is a former screenwriter who worked with her sister Silda until they duo split up. She left Hollywood and supported her husband in going into politics. She is brash and no nonsense and will do anything to protect her children.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Lyman Submit yourself for this role
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Lyman is Henry, Brooke and Trip's father. He was a former movie star turned politician for the GOP. He loves his family deeply and desires not to cause hatred to arise between he and Brooke when she brings her memoir about Henry for them to read. He reveals a long held family secret that quickly changes Brooke's understanding of her parents.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Trip Submit yourself for this role
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Trip is the youngest son of Polly and Lyman. He was only five years old when Henry died, so he didn't know him. He produces a court room reality show that his sister never watches. He does his best to be the glue for the tension between his mother and Brooke, but desires to not have to be the one to figure out all of the families issues

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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Silda Submit yourself for this role
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Silda is Polly's sister. She formerly wrote screenplays with Polly until the pair split up. She has secretly been helping Brooke to write her memoir in order to get her version of the truth out about Henry, which harms Lyman and Polly. We learn a deeply kept secret that she did not reveal to Brooke while working with her. She has gone off the wagon after 5 years sober once the horror of Henry's suicide is unearthed in Brooke's writing.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -