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Other Desert Cities: Matthe Risch to play Trip

Matthew Risch will play the role of 'Trip Wyeth' from 27 Mar 2012 n the Broadway premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, playing at the Booth Theatre. He assumes the role from Justin Kirk who will play his final performance on 25 Mar 2012.


This is the second time that Risch has played 'Trip Wyeth' in the Broadway production. He temporarily replaced original cast member Thomas Sadoski from 6 - 24 Dec 2011.

Risch was an ensemble member and understudy in the Broadway casts of 'Chicago' and 'Legally Blonde.' He took on the title role in the Roundabout's Broadway revival of 'Pal Joey' when original star Christian Hoff dropped out of that production shortly before opening.

The Lincoln Center Theater's (LCT) critically acclaimed Broadway transfer of Jon Robin Baitz's new play, Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello, opened at the Booth Theatre on 3 Nov 2011, following previews from 12 Oct 2011. The show, which was originally scheduled to close on 8 Jan 2012, is now playing an open run and is currently booking through to 17 Jun 2012.

Other Desert Cities opened to excellent reviews: Fine work in every way! (newyorktheatreguide); Witty, deeply enjoyable family drama (NY Times); One of the best new plays of the decade (NY1); Richly satisfying (Hollywood Reporter).

The production currently stars *Lauren Klein (Polly Wyeth), Elizabeth Marvel (Brooke Wyeth), Stacy Keach (Lyman Wyeth), Judith Light (Silda Grauman) and Justin Kirk (Trip Wyeth)
*Stockard Channing assumes the role of Polly Wyeth from 6 Apr 2012

In Other Desert Cities, Brooke Wyeth, a once promising novelist, returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner-circle, her brother and her aunt. 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 and the Wyeths are both bound together and torn apart as they struggle to come to terms with their past.

The Broadway production of Other Desert Cities reunites Lincoln Center Theater's original design team: John Lee Beatty (sets), David Zinn (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Jill BC DuBoff (sound) and Justin Ellington (original music).

LCT premiered Other Desert Cities at the Off-Broadway Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, where it played from 16 Dec 2010 - 27 Feb 2011.

Matthew Risch

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