“…a lively evening in the presence of a comedy with real dramatic provocations.”


Other Desert Cities



A sizzling comedy of family secrets

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(from left to right) Robin Ward as Lyman Wyeth, Liisa Repo-Martell as Brooke Wyeth and Deborah Kipp as Polly Wyeth in the Citadel production of Other Desert Cities

Polly and Lyman Wyeth, wealthy and politically prominent Republicans, are hosting their family for Christmas at their Palm Springs home. Estranged daughter Brooke rejoins the family after a six year absence to announce she’s about to publish a memoir that will reveal a dark family secret. Let the battle begin!


…a witty, blistering play. – THE INDEPENDENT, UK

… the balance between comedy and intense family drama has been fine-tuned in richly satisfying ways.” – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

…juicy and surprising…– NEW YORK DAILY NEWS



Interview with Liisa Repo-Martell who plays Brooke Wyeth

Director Brenda Bazinet talks about Other Desert Cities

Trailer for Other Desert Cities

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz talks about his play “Other Desert Cities” on PBS Newshour – May 2013

Cast and Creative Team


NICOLA LIPMAN, Silda Grauman (Polly’s sister)
ROBIN WARD, Lyman Wyeth

Creative Team:

LESLIE FRANKISH, Set and Costume Designer
STANCIL CAMPBELL, Lighting Designer
TRACEY BYRNE, Stage Manager
KERRY JOHNSON, Assistant Stage Manager

The Cast

Deborah KippDeborah Kipp Polly

Selected theatre credits include Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily (Globe Theatre); Retreat From Moscow (Neptune Theatre); The Unexpected Man (Tarragon Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Collected Stories (Huntington Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Moonlight (Broadway); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Dancing At Lughnasa (Cleveland Playhouse); Hamlet (Virginia Stage); Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (Grand Theatre); After George (Centaur Theatre); Invitation From The Asylum (Citadel Theatre); Summerfolk (St. Lawrence Centre); Hedda Gabler (Magnus Theatre); Black Comedy (Theatre Calgary); A Doll’s House (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Misalliance (Shaw Festival); and Twelfth Night (Manitoba Theatre Centre). Deborah is a graduate of The National Theatre School. She has recorded books for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for more than 30 years.

Nicola LipmanNicola Lipman Silda

Born in Vancouver, raised in England and Brazil, Nicola Lipman has graced Canada’s stages for more than four decades.  Most recently, Ms. Lipman starred in Acting Up Stage’s production of Grey Gardens and Company Theatre’s Domesticated (Toronto). Other recent favourites include All the Way Home (Electric Co.); Scorched (Tarragon Theatre); Driving Miss Daisy (WCTC/Thousand Island Playhouse); Cabaret (Mayfield Theatre); Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Belfry); Boeing, Boeing (Arts Club); Another Home Invasion (ATP/Tarragon); and December Man (Canadian Stage/Citadel). Film and television credits include Masters of Horror II, Lie With Me, Trailer Park Boys, Liocracy, Marion Bridge and Made in Canada. Ms. Lipman is the recipient of four Jessie Awards for outstanding performance and was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Derek MoranDerek Moran Trip

Previous theatre credits include Lucianus in Hamlet, Egeus’s Interpreter in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Burgundy in King Lear (Stratford Festival); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Mario in The Game of Love and Chance (Neptune Theatre); Trout Stanley in Trout Stanley (Heart in Hand Theatre); Owen in The Melville Boys (Red Barn Theatre); Cléante in The Miser, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Mug in New Canadian Kid (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Film and television credits include Reign, Mayday, Lost Girl, Bomb Girls, Being Erica, Murdoch Mysteries, Life With Derek, and October 1970. Derek is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Birmingham Conservatory.

Liisa Repo-MartellLiisa Repo-Martell Brooke

Liisa Repo-Martell was last seen at The Citadel in her Sterling Award performance of The Syringa Tree. Theatre credits elsewhere include Creditors (Coalmine); What a Young Wife Ought to Know (2b Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (Stratford); Seeds, I Claudia (CND tour), Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre); The Test, (Company Theatre);  Marat/Sade, Happy Place, Antigone, Top Girls, Uncle Vanya  (Soulpepper); Chekhov Longs, Chekhov Shorts (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); and Sunday Father (CanStage). Liisa has guest starred in television series including Cracked, King, Living in Your Car, Diverted, Flashpoint (Gemini/Actra nominations), This is Wonderland (Gemini nomination) and Murdock Mysteries. Liisa won a Gemini for the TV movie Nights Below Station Street and has appeared in several features including Lars and the Real Girl, A Touch of Pink, The English Patient and Unforgiven.

Robin WardRobin Ward Lyman

Robin’s stage credits include playing Cyrano de Bergerac in The Count of Monte Cristo as well as Equus, Private Lives, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Twelfth Night, Humble Boy, The Philadelphia Story, Little Eyeoff, See How They Run, Loot, What the Butler Saw and many more. He has appeared in numerous television dramas and movies including starring roles in The Starlost, Murdoch Mysteries, Angels in Love, and a recurring role in Guiding Light. His movies include The Hurricane, Morning Man, Mark of Cain, Thrillkill, and Ladies Man. He has also performed in musical theatre; credits include Irma la Douce, Twist and Shout, Oliver! and recently It’s a Wonderful Life – The Musical. Robin also worked as a broadcaster for CTV.

The Crew

Brenda BazinetBrenda Bazinet Director

Brenda is a director, actor and acting instructor.  Directing credits include The Penelopiad (Citadel); The Ladies Foursome (Grand Theatre); Munsched!! (George Brown Theatre School); Of the Fields, Lately (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Sea (Actors Repertory Company); Little Women, The Broadway Musical (Assistant Director, Citadel Theatre); and Problem Child, Adult Entertainment, Our Town, Unity 1918, Three Sisters (Fanshawe Theatre School).  Select acting credits include  Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman, Equus, The Goat (Citadel); Hamlet (Resurgence Theatre); Ring Round The Moon, Wild Duck (Soulpepper); The Price (Sudbury Theatre Centre); End of Civilization (Factory Theatre); Leaving Home (Blyth Festival); and Patience (Canadian Stage Company/Grand Theatre). A Gemini Award-winning actor, Brenda has appeared in over one hundred film and television projects.  She is also an acting instructor for the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Program.

Leslie Frankish 2015Leslie Frankish Set & Costume Designer

Leslie began her career as a Set & Costume Designer in 1980 for the Citadel Youth Theatre. Returning to the Citadel in recent years designs include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Christmas Carol, Arcadia, Private Lives, Pride and Prejudice, Oliver!, The Constant Wife, Measure for Measure, and Present Laughter. Resident designer positions include the Phoenix Theatre and Shaw Festival where her designs included Pygmalion, Misalliance and Heartbreak House. Other credits include Angels in America I & II, Singer, Into the Woods (Canadian Stage Company); Hard Times, Lilies (National Arts Centre); La Bête (Theatre Calgary); A Little Night Music, The Caretaker (Vancouver Playhouse); and The Homecoming (Stratford Festival). Leslie was also the Senior Production Designer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. For pictures of these and other productions, visit www.lesliefrankish.com.

Stancil CampbellStancil Campbell Lighting Designer

Stancil returns to the Citadel for his 35th production. Previous Citadel designs include Henry IV Part I, Fool for Love, Burn This, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Spamalot. He has also designed for Vancouver Playhouse, Alberta Theatre Projects, Phoenix Theatre, Northern Light, Globe Theatre, Canadian Stage, Royal Alexandra, National Arts Centre, Scotland’s Royal Lyceum, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, and Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. Among his awards are Toronto’s Dora Award (B-Movie) and Edmonton’s Sterling Award (The Wolf Within and Broadway Bound). Stancil has taught stage design at the University of North Carolina, the University of Alberta, the University of Ghana, and at American University in Cairo. He has also volunteered extensively with Habitat for Humanity International. Stancil is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Tracey ByrneTracey Byrne Stage Manager

It’s been such a great honor and pleasure for Tracey to be able to Stage Manage Other Desert Cities at the Citadel this season. Selected stage management credits include Romeo and Juliet, The God of Carnage, The Rocky Horror Show, Vimy, Cookin’ at the Cookery and Einstein’s Gift (Citadel Theatre); Armstrong’s War and The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Theatre Network); as well as The Merchant of Venice and Titus Andronicus (Freewill Players). Special thanks to the lovely and talented Ms. Bazinet, the amazing Ms. Johnson and everyone at the Citadel for their guidance and support! Last, but not least, big Love to John, my rock and best friend for his unending support.


Kerry Johnson

Kerry Johnson Assistant Stage Manager

Originally from Winnipeg, Kerry has been working as a Stage Manager in Edmonton for the past ten years. This season at the Citadel, Kerry returned for her sixth year on A Christmas Carol. Some favourite SM and ASM credits include Arcadia, The Penelopiad, The Forbidden Phoenix, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Noises Off (Citadel Theatre); Beowulf the King (Workshop

West); The Ecstatics (Northern Light Theatre); Mary Poppins (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary); and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects). Kerry is a graduate of the BFA Stage Management program at the U of A and the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan University.


Previews and Reviews


Liz Nicholls: Citadel’s Other Desert Cities a comedy with heft – April 15, 2016

Blogger Rodrigo Flores: All Out War: Family & Politics Mix in Citadel Theatre’s Other Desert Cities – April 15, 2016


Edmonton Journal: Funny thing about families: Other Desert Cities at the Citadel – April 11, 2016

VUE Weekly: Other Desert Cities debates the airing of family secrets – April 14, 2016


Radio KCRW, Santa Monica, CA: Stockard Channing talks about her Tony-nominated performance as Polly Wyeth in the original Lincoln Center Theatre performance of “Other Desert Cities.” Listen to the podcast here.


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