Desert Rose Playhouse—one of Rancho Mirage’s two quite excellent theatre companies, and the only one in the Palm Springs Valley devoted to putting on LGBT-themed works—recently announced the roster of five comedies and dramas it will produce in the coming year.
Kicking off the season is Poz, a stylish new comedy by Michael Aman. It plays September 30 to October 23.The Santaland Diaries, by the acclaimed David Sedaris and Joe Mantello, runs November 18 through December 18. DRP’s Gay Heritage Production—its annual tribute to an LGBT classic(s)—is Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Sleeping Beauty or Coma, both by award-winning playwright (and revered female impersonator) Charles Busch (Tony-nominated for his Broadway and touring smash The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife). That takes the stage from January 20 to February 12, 2017. Then there’s Sordid Lives creator Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies debuting March 10 and closing April 2. Closing out the season is Clark Gable Slept Here by Michael McKeever, which is described as “an adult comedy of Hollywood.” That treads the boards between April 28 and May 21, 2017.
“We are so happy to produce at The Desert Rose Playhouse in the lovely and centrally located community of Rancho Mirage,” says artistic director Jim Strait. “The support we’ve received from the community and the city government continues to make our work here a pleasure.”
Single ticket prices for each production are $35 for Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and $32 for Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. Season subscribers save 20% off single prices, amounting to getting one production free. The cost for Friday or Saturday evening performances is $140, with Sunday matinee passes going for $128. For more information, please visit www.desertroseplayhouse.org or call the box office at 760.202.3000, but please note that the crew is on vacation through September 30. Voicemail, however, will be checked regularly, and either Jim Strait or managing director Paul Taylor will get back to you.
Put on your pearls and white gloves, and let’s go to the theatre!