When the Desert Theatre League (www.deserttheatreleague.org) revealed its Desert Star Awards nominations for the 2014-2015 season, the City of Rancho Mirage emerged as victor long before a single envelope was opened. That’s because both theatre companies that call our fair city home scored multiple nods for their comedies, dramas, and musicals in such categories as outstanding production, direction, acting, and props and special effects, as well as costume, set, lighting, and sound design.
Desert Rose Playhouse (www.desertroseplayhouse.org)—the Palm Springs Valley’s only theatre company dedicated to presenting LGBT-themed works—saw its Scrooge in Rouge, Vitamin Q, The Divine Sister, The Little Dog Laughed, Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, and Love! Valour! Compassion! nominated.
Over at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (cvrep.org), its nominated productions included Having Our Say, Hold These Truths, La Gringa, and The Chosen.
The awards will be handed out on October 11, 2015 during a three-course dinner at Sun City Palm Desert. By then, the fall seasons of DRP and CVR will be well-underway. Watch for the former’s Loot (by Joe Orton), A Queer Carol (by Joe Godfrey) and Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (by Tony Kushner), and for the latter’s Happy Hour (by George Eastman), A Class Act (music & lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by Linda Kline & Lonny Price), I Am My Own Wife (by Doug Wright), and 4000 Miles (by Amy Herzog).
And if you’re looking for pre- or post-theatre bite, don’t forget that more than 60 food and beverage establishments—offering anything from a quick bite to leisurely fine dining—await literally around the corner. CV Rep is particularly well served at by Livreri’s Bella Napoli, seeing as both are housed in The Atrium on Highway 111. But with everything within striking distance in Rancho Mirage, you have plenty of time to eat before you play no matter where you go. Visit www.dineranchomirage.com to learn all about restaurants, and download the site’s sister app. And remember. If all the world’s a stage, then all of Rancho Mirage is a feast.