“Other Desert Cities” Q&A with Stage Manager Justin Takata
Welcome to another installment of Q&A featuring the cast and crew of Redwood Curtain’s production of?Other Desert Cities by Jon?Robin Baitz.
About?Other Desert Cities
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt.? Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened.? In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them to cross it.
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Q: What was your last time at RCT?
It’s my first production at Redwood Curtain. I’ve stage managed with Humboldt Light Opera for many years. HSU is where I did my undergraduate work. I recently directed Hello, Dolly! at Ferndale Repertory Theatre. I also worked on on Avenue Q and some other shows at NCRT.
Q:?How did you get involved with this production?
JM Wilkerson is a member of the board and very good friend of mine and he approached me to see if I was interested in working on a show. It’d been about a year since Hello, Dolly! and I said potentially. Peggy approached me no longer after that with the script. I read it and I was very interested. It’s very different from what I’ve done with the musicals, which is primarily what I’ve done. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Redwood Curtain, so I was really interested in doing it.
Q:?From the stage manager’s position, what does this show have that’s unique?
This is not a technically heavy show. This is very actor-driven. It’s driven by the emotions of the actors and by the script. For me it’s about making sure the actors have the support they need and to make sure they’re in the place that the show is fresh every night.
Q: What do you hope audiences come away with at the end of the show?
I want them to look at themselves and families that they know and understanding each other. Every character in here is someone you know or someone in your family and maybe there are things going on that they don’t understand or you don’t understand. What I see in this, is the chance for people to look at the secrets that they hold and what that does to their family members.