Weeds star and theater vet Justin Kirk will assume the role of Trip Wyeth in the Broadway production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities on January 10, 2012, replacing Thomas Sadoski, who will play his final performance on January 8. Directed by Joe Mantello, Other Desert Cities is currently running at the Booth Theatre.
Kirk joins a cast that includes Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach and Judith Light. Understudy Matthew Risch will play Trip from December 8-25, while Sadoski is on leave filming Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series.
Kirk is an Obie Award winner for his performance in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!, in which he also starred on Broadway. He won a Lucille Lortel Award for Baitz’s Ten Unknowns at Lincoln Center Theater and has appeared on the New York stage in The Understudy, The World Over, Any Given Day, Old Wicked Songs and June Moon. Kirk is known to TV audiences as Andy Botwin on Weeds and received an Emmy nomination for his performance as Prior Walter in the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He has a recurring role on the ABC comedy hit Modern Family.
In Other Desert Cities, once-promising novelist Brooke Wyeth (Griffiths) returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents (Channing and Keach), former members of the Reagan inner-circle, her brother (Kirk) and her aunt (Light). When Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil.