Current Production

Pegasus Theater Company presents Other Desert Cities written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Jacquelyn Wells. It opens November 28 and runs through December 21 at the Rio Nido Lodge.

Other Desert Cities
Terry Kolkey, Saskia Baur, Sheila Lichirie
Photograph by Nick Charles

In this brilliant play, playwright Jon Robin Baitz manages simultaneously to raise big, debatable ethical issues and to present them with razor sharp wit and empathy. Other Desert Cities is an intense family drama that ultimately affirms the spirit of Christmas – love, forgiveness and family. It's no wonder that two Sonoma County theater companies are presenting this critically acclaimed play this holiday season.

In Other Desert Cities Brooke Wyeth, a writer, has reluctantly returned home for the first time in 6 years to spend Christmas with her parents in Palm Springs. It's 2004, and Brooke's many disagreements with her parents, Polly and Lyman Wyeth, and their old guard Republican politics begin with an argument about the Iraq war that is then raging, and the alleged weapons of mass destruction in those other desert cities.

But Brooke harbors an even more powerful weapon that threatens to detonate her family. She's returned home bearing the manuscript of her tell-all memoir that is soon to be published, and which involves an earlier, much more divisive war – Vietnam – and lays the blame for the death of her older brother 20 years ago squarely on her parents.

The ensemble of highly talented actors bringing this play to life include: Saskia Baur, Lito Briano, Terry Kolkey, Sheila Lichirie, and Jana Molina.

You must see this play that the New York Times called "the most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups…in many seasons." There will be an opening night Gala on November 28, with complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres, for a $30 admission fee. November 29 and 30 are pay-what-you-can; thereafter, admission is $15.

Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

You can make reservations online here or by calling (707) 583-2343. Reservations can be confirmed only if they are made at least three hours before the performance.

The Rio Nido Lodge is two miles east of Guerneville. Take Canyon 2 Road off River Road, go past the Rio Nido Roadhouse and you’ll see a white Tudor-style building, the Rio Nido Lodge. There are two parking lots to the left of the building: Pegasus patrons should park in the second lot as the main lot is reserved for Lodge guests. Look for our sign on the left side of the building facing the parking lots.