"I really wanted to do contemporary drama that illuminates our American lives in this century," said Artistic Director Tom Briggs.
That's where Other Desert Cities comes in. It's about a family harboring some long-held secrets until the daughter announces she's publishing a memoir about their past.
Briggs says this is just a glimpse into problems many Americans face today.
"The left and the right have become so far apart that this is an American dilemma. How can we meet in the middle? How can we compromise? And this family in this play is a microcosm of that."
The show also has ties to the previous owner of the Red Barn.
"In a nice piece of synergy, Linda Lavin, who with her husband Steve Bakunas was kind enough to gift us this theater, created one of the roles in the original production," said Briggs.
Because of high ticket demand, the show will run for one additional performance on Thursday, November 21. The rest of the run is virtually sold out.
"That's a nice problem to have," said Briggs in a news release. "But we'd love to have as many people as possible have an opportunity to see it. We only have 60 seats and we hate turning people away so we've added another performance."
Other Desert Cities
Nov. 15-16, 21-23
Nov. 17, 24
Red Barn Studio Theater
For tickets, call (910) 251-1788 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or (910) 782-2262 up to two hours before show time.