Other Desert Cities Opens in Brisbane Next Week!


Other Desert Cities 10 August – 1 September at QPAC Playhouse


Of course you know that on August 10 I’ll be at my twenty year high school reunion, but I can’t wait to see this intense family drama another night!


Queensland Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company present Other Desert Cities. Christmas in sun-drenched Palm Springs: a desert tomb, populated by shrivelled mummies with tans. The Wyeth children are home for the holidays and conversation doesn’t flow easily: politics isn’t fit for table talk in a family as fractious as this. Neither is the war in the Middle East, nor the shadow of terrorism. But there’s one thing everyone wants to chime in on: troubled daughter Brooke has just finished her magnum opus, a tell-all memoir exposing a pivotal, tragic, ferociously-guarded family secret. As a quiet Christmas dissolves into feuding, there’s more than one meltdown brewing in the searing desert heat.


Written by Jon Robin Baitz, the play brings all the insecurity, vulnerability and honesty of the family structure to life; circumstances that cause emotions to bubble spectacularly to the surface as the Wyeth family re-unite in a myriad of meltdowns.


The story: former Republican Senator Lyman Wyeth and his wife Polly have it all: wealth, fame and a sterling political legacy. They welcome their family home to sunny Palm Springs for Christmas for the first time in years. But when daughter Brooke announces she’s written a tell-all memoir about the event that changed their lives, old wounds  re-open and the vulnerability of Lyman and Polly’s rock-solid legacy becomes apparent.




With an illustrious career on the Australian screen and stage, Robert Coleby is an acting powerhouse with long-running and guest roles in various television series and films  including All Saints (2001 -2004),Terra Nova (2011)Bad Behaviour (2009)The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) and The Marine films (2006/2009). Robert holds over 80 acting titles bringing a wealth of experience to QTC’s stage as his complex character and head of the damaged Wyeth family, Lyman is brought to life. Performance prowess runs in the family, with Conrad Coleby earning himself an equally impressive acting career including roles in upcoming blockbuster film The Wolverine as well as in Australian television series such as Underbelly 4: RazorSea Patrol and Home and Away.





Read Black Swan Theatre Co’s interviews with the actors here




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