Three-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner Martha Plimpton, Peter Egan and Daniel Lapaine are to star in the U.K. premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Tony-nominated play Other Desert Cities. They join the previously announced Tony nominees Sinéad Cusack and Clare Higgins in the show, which will kick off a season of productions to be presented in-the-round at The Old Vic. Directed by Olivier award winner Lindsay Posner, Other Desert Cities will begin previews March 13, with opening night set for March 24.
Plimpton was Tony nominated for Top Girls, Coast of Utopia and Pal Joey. She won an Emmy award for her work in The Good Wife and a nomination for Raising Hope. Other screen credits include The Goonies, Parenthood, Another Woman, Running on Empty, ER, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Make It In America.
Egan's stage credits include People, Hamlet, Journey's End, Arms and the Man, You Never Can Tell, M Butterfly, Noises Off, Art, The Secret Rapture and Déjà Vu. His screen roles include Cold Comfort Farm, Big Breadwinner Hog, A Perfect Spy, The Hireling, Downton Abbey and Bean.
Lapaine's stage credits include Hedda Gabler and All My Sons. Film and TV work includes Zero Dark Thirty, Dead in Tombstone, Muriel’s Wedding, Hotel Babylon and Sex the City and Me.
Other Desert Cities follows Brooke Wyeth (Plimpton) as she returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents (Cusack and Egan), her upbeat brother (Lapaine) and her recovering alcoholic aunt (Higgins). She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair.
The show was first seen in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, before transferring to Broadway where it garnered five Tony nominations. Other Desert Cities was also a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.