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NMJC Theater Presents "Other Desert Cities"

NMJC Theater Presents 11/13/2014 11:40:53 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

One of Broadway’s masterful dramas comes to Hobbs, New Mexico, with the presentation of “Other Desert Cities”, to be performed November 13-15 and November 20-22 at Watson Hall Auditorium by the New Mexico Junior College Theater.  Says Ben Brantley of The New York Times “...[the play is] the most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has known in many seasons.”

The drama centers around daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her parents’ Palm Springs home on Christmas Eve, 2004, after a six year absence.  The parents, Lyman and Polly, were Hollywood actors and are friends of the Reagans.  Brooke is a successful writer, and her brother Trip is a TV producer.  Alcoholic aunt Silda was a writer and lives with the elder Wyeths.  When Brooke reveals she will be publishing her childhood memoir to include a painful family tragedy, her family unites to stop her from reopening this wound.

"Other Desert Cities has been a labor of love by our students in memory of a former classmate that sadly passed away earlier this year,” says director Nathan R. Miles, adjunct professor of theater.  “They've poured their hearts and souls into this project with members of the community to create something truly memorable. I hope the community will come and support their efforts and the efforts of our growing theatre department at NMJC."

The play, written by Jon Robin Baitz, premiered on Broadway in 2011.  It received consideration for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and obtained five Tony nominations in 2012.  The title is a reference to the sign on Highway 10 in California that indicates the freeway is headed toward Indio, California and “other Desert Cities”.  Among Baitz other successes, he was also the creator and executive producer of the ABC-TV drama “Brothers and Sisters”.

“Other Desert Cities” runs November 13-15 and 20-22 at 8pm nightly. Admission is $5, or free for NMJC students, faculty and staff.  The play contains adult language, themes, and drug references.  Discretion is advised.

Tickets are available at

For more information contact:

Nathan Miles, Adjunct Professor - Theater:, 575-492-2846
Juston Harlin, Professor of Performing Arts - Theater:; 575-492-2846

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