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Other Desert Cities

Alexander Weisman
Pioneer Theatre Company, "Other Desert Cities" Cast (Clockwise from top): Nancy Lemenager, Michael Zlabinger, Kate Skinner, Joyce Cohen and Dennis Parlato.

Monday, we're talking about Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Other Desert Cities, a finalist for the 2011Pulitzer Prize. It's a drama that explores the dynamics of a family divided by politics and tragedy as the adult daughter prepares to publish her memoir. Among our guests is playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who says he was thinking a lot about his obligations to the real people he writes about.  At its heart, it's a play about truth, perspective and humility in art and in life.

Pioneer Theatre Company's Other Desert Cities runs through November 9 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Tickets are available by calling 801-581-6961 or on-line at PioneerTheatre.org

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.