Tom Teicholz: Jon Baitz's Journey to Other Desert Cities
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Cast members Robin Weigert and Robert Foxworth in rehearsal for "Other Desert Cities." Photo by Craig Schwartz In Hollywood, the logline for this story would be: A playwright who has outwitted his demons to find balance in his life, has, after a devastating TV experience, returned to the stage with a play whose plot twist is as transformative to its actors and to the audience's assumptions about the characters, as writing it was for the playwright. The play is a success Off Broadway, and then a bigger success on Broadway. As validation and final vindication, he brings it to Los Angeles.
The thing is, this is not fiction, it is true.
The playwright: Jon Robin Baitz.
The play: Other Desert Cities, which opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Nov. 28.
The TV show on whose ruins the play was built: Brothers & Sisters.
But the story, like the play itself, is so much better, and deeper, in its details.
Like Baitz's early work, The Substance of Fire, in which a hist
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