Other Desert Cities

2 March — 17 April 2013

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Mixing a nation’s politics with a family in crisis, Other Desert Cities is a smash hit US drama that bridges the public and the personal.

Former Republican Senator Lyman Wyeth and his wife Polly have it all: wealth, fame and a political legacy of real muscle. In the sun-drenched comfort of Palm Springs they welcome their family back home for Christmas for the first time in years. But when their daughter Brooke announces she’s written a tell-all memoir about the incident that changed their lives, old wounds begin to re-open.

Brothers & Sisters creator and West Wing contributor Jon Robin Baitz has crafted a razor-sharp family mystery that delivers a killer dose of both humour and pathos. Starring one of Australia’s premier stage actors, Robyn Nevin, this production will feature two thrilling MTC debuts – Associate Artistic Director Sam Strong’s first production in his new role, and the stage design of internationally acclaimed visual artist Callum Morton.

Artwork for John Gaden

John Gaden

Lyman Wyeth

Artwork for Sacha Horler

Sacha Horler


Sue Jones

Artwork for Ian Meadows

Ian Meadows

Ian Meadows previously appeared for MTC in Other Desert Cities. His other stage credits include Between Two Waves and The Modern International Dead for Griffin Theatre Company; Neighbourhood Watch for Belvoir, The Coming World for Darlinghurst Theatre Company; Ladybird for Small Things/B Sharp; and Blue/ Orange for Ensemble. His television credits include The Moodys, 8mmm, A Moody Christmas, Paper Giants, Rush, Underbelly: The Man Who Got Away, East West 101, The Pacific, Home and Away, Tripping Over, and All Saints.

Robyn Nevin

Robyn Nevin


Sam Strong

Callum Morton

Callum Morton

Callum Morton is an artist and Professor of Fine Art at Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA).

His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (1999), Tommy Lund Gallery, Copenhagen (2000), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, The National Gallery of Victoria @ Federation Square (2003),The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2003), Gimpel Fils, London (2004), The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2005) and GOMA, Brisbane (2010).

His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including Face Up at the Hamburger Bahnhoff in Berlin (2003); Architypes at the Charles H Scott Gallery in Vancouver; Public/Private: The Auckland Triennial in Auckland, New Zealand; The Indian Triennial in New Delhi, India (2004); The 2nd Istanbul Pedestrians Exhibition in Istanbul (2005); Everywhere, The Busan Biennale in South Korea; High Tide: Currents in Contemporary Australian Art at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsawm Poland and at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006); Archeology of Mind (2008) at Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden, and Kunsti Modernin, Taiteen Museo, Vaasa, Finland; Stardust (2009) at The Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, The Netherlands; and 21st Century: Art in the First Decade at GoMA, Queensland (2011).

In 2007 Morton was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In 2008 he completed the work Hotel on the Eastlink freeway in Melbourne. In 2009 he realised the pavilion Grotto for the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, the Netherlands and in 2010 he completed the outdoor commission, Silverscreen, for the new premises of MUMA in Melbourne. In 2011 his work was the subject of a twenty-year survey at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. In 2013 his work was included in Melbourne Now at the NGV and he designed the set for the MTC’s production of Other Desert Cities. In 2014 his work was included in the 19th Sydney Biennale, Imagine What You Desire; he designed the set for Trudy Hellier’s Waking Up Dead at Fortyfive downstairs; and he completed the collaborative public work Monument Park in Melbourne’s Docklands.

Callum is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

Esther Marie Hayes

Esther Marie Hayes

Artwork for Danny Pettingill

Danny Pettingill

Steve Francis

Steve Francis