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Live chat with Jon Robin Baitz on Thursday

October 31, 2011 |  6:30 am

Jon Robin Baitz has enjoyed one of the more unusual careers writing for the stage and screen. He has written for a range of mediums, penning acclaimed plays ("The Substance of Fire," "A Fair Country"), creating well-regarded television (the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters") and acting (the film "One Fine Day"). His latest play, "Other Desert Cities," opens Thursday, and he will join us for a live chat that day at 10 a.m.

"Other Desert Cities" marks a Broadway debut for Baitz. The play, whose name was inspired by a drive on Interstate 10, examines trademark Baitz issues, particularly the entanglements of family and the ways its members both nurture and hurt each other. Taking the stage in the production will be some of the original cast from its Lincoln Center run earlier this year (Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach) and an actress Baitz has worked with in his TV life (Rachel Griffiths).

An outspoken native Angeleno, Baitz is sure to pull no punches on subjects such as the state of American theater and the challenges of contemporary playwriting.

To register for the live chat and schedule a reminder, please fill out the form below. And be sure to join us Thursday.


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— Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Jon Robin Baitz in August 2010. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times