It’s raining….it’s pouring… I’m stuck inside and it’s borrrrrrrring….
Yes, it’s raining. Guess that means “no” to poolside sun bathing and mojitos this weekend… #tragic
What are us desert people to do?!?!
The winter season is actually the perfect time to attend a live theater performance. Support your local thespians!
We have hand selected a few interesting shows are happening around town (and in the High Desert) that we thought you’d be interested in.
Because, really, when was the last time you saw live theater in the Coachella Valley? Yeah, probably close to number of times you saw it snow.
Read all the information below for more details.
Canyon Theater in Palm Springs
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School to win him back!
Palm Canyon Theatre
538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Ca. 92262
(Cross street Alejo)
760-323-5123 (ph), 760-323-7365 (fax)
Always, Patsy Cline
at the Indio Performing Arts Center in Indio
**Show Run Extended due to overwhelming demand!!**
Back by popular demand! This crowd-pleasing musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to friend Lousie Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”
For Tickets, please visit:
45-175 Fargo Street
Indio, California 92201
Groves Canyon Theater in Morongo Valley
Groves Cabin Theatre, in conjunction with Equality California and the Morongo Basin Foundation for Equal Rights, and with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce the performance of a dramatic reading of “8, ” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.
“8” will be performed for three weekends only on Saturday evenings at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm, from January 12-27.
Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black, “8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8,which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the film J. Edgar, based “8” on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
“8” had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The production brought in over $1 million to support AFER’s efforts to achieve full federal marriage equality.
“8” had its West Coast premiere reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Los Angeles. The West Coast premiere reading of “8” featured an all-star cast led by Golden Globe Award- winner and Academy and Emmy Award-nominee Brad Pitt as United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker; and Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee George Clooney and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Martin Sheen as Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson. The benefit reading was directed by AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner, and raised more than $2 million for the fight to secure full federal marriage equality.
“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter, ” said AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black. “The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. AFER and Broadway Impact are doing all we can to help speed that process along. “
The story for “8” is framed by the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, and features the best arguments and testimony from both sides. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw- dropping moments of trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 8 supporters’ star witness, David Blankenhorn, that “we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before. “
On February 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision upholding the historic August 2010 ruling of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit concluded:
“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort. “
Throughout 2012, AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing “8” for free to colleges and community theatres nationwide in order to spur action, dialogue and understanding. Each performance will be followed by a talkback hosted by local marriage equality advocates where cast and audience members can discuss the issues presented in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial.
Groves Cabin Theatre hopes that our presentation of this fact-based play will enlighten those who see it and create a better and deeper understanding of this fight that’s crucial to changing hearts and minds regarding marriage equality in California. All proceeds from these performances will be donated to AFER. We would also like to express our gratitude to Equality California for generously providing our programs and posters.
The Groves production of “8” will be directed by multiple Desert Theatre League award winner Vicki Montgomery, who directs a cast featuring some of the finest acting talents in the Morongo Basin and the Coachella Valley, many of whom are also DTL award winners. Cast members include Jim Babb, Sarah Case, Wendy Cohen, Scott Cutler, Abe Daniels, Marge Doyle, Kody Fleischman, Steve Fuji, Dan Graff, Sebastiano Grosso, Joy Groves, Bob Harrison, Charles Harvey, Anja Homburg, Mike Lipsitz, Ben Sasnett, Kurt Schauppner, Bethany Sorensen, Lloyd Steele, Donette Swain, and Karl Weimer. The cast will be supported by Stage Manager Mike Lipsitz and Light and Sound Technician Darin Eldridge.
Groves Cabin Theatre has won numerous Desert Theatre League awards for its high quality productions. The tiny 21-seat theater offers one of the most intimate theatrical experiences in the world—that experience having been described as being, “like being a fly on the wall, witnessing real life happening before my eyes. ” The limited seating means early reservations are a must.
Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway).
Tickets for all seats are $12.
For additional information and reservations call: 760-365-4523;
at Theater 29 in 29 Palms
The quirky murder/mystery/thriller/comedy “Deathtrap” opened January 11 for a five week run through February 9th at Theatre 29. Performances will be 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2:30pm on January 19 and February 2.
Director Butch Pelfrey is delighted with his performers and the set for the opening show of the Theatre’s 2013 season.
Pelfrey said, “The cast has gone beyond what I had hoped for in creating a very complicated thriller-comedy in which everyone dies…. maybe. “
Deathtrap was written by Ira Levin, who also wrote Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil. The five character play has been called “An engrossing puzzle and suspenseful nail-biter. ” The ingenious play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients, gasp inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter.
In “Deathtrap”, Leonard Webber is Sidney Bruhl, an over the hill playwright who desperately needs a hit play and will stop at nothing to get it. Pelfrey says, “Webber is great as the two faced conniving husband and special friend to Clifford Anderson. ”
Benjamin Bees is Clifford Anderson, aspiring playwright who attended a seminar presented by Sidney Bruhl. The outcome of that meeting is, well…Murder! The director says, “Bees is absolutely fantastic as Clifford. As the play progresses the many layers of Anderson are exposed. ”
Adding the numerous twists and turns to the plot is Judy Andreshak called, “fabulous”, as the physic Helga Ten Dorp, Tom Highfill is Porter Milgrim, Sidney’s attorney and aspiring novelist, and Janet Peercy is Myra Bruhl, Sidney’s wife, who hasn’t a clue as to Sidney’s true character.The veteran Director, retired from the U. S. Marine Corps, is especially proud of the set, also designed by Pelfrey, describing it as, “unlike any set-up previously used at the theatre. ” Using stage magic and the precision artistry of his wife, Jackie, He has transformed the main stage at Theatre 29 into a clever and visually stunning reproduction of a former stable converted to a small home.
Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID.
Season tickets are also available.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Theatre 29 box office
or online at www.Theatre29.org
Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.