Playhouse’s powerful Depression era fable, THE DIVINERS, opens Friday!

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s latest Playhouse production opens this Friday, March 30th at 7pm, with THE DIVINERS—a beautifully traditional story about traditional people possessing a hint of magical realism.  A masterpiece by playwright Jim Leonard, Jr., this powerful depression era fable is splendidly complex, deeply moving, humorous and tragic, and speaks with a gentle wisdom.  THE DIVINERS will play at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater through April 8th, 2018.

Taking place in the year 1933, the plot centers around a small fictional town in Indiana where C.C. Showers, a disillusioned preacher who has lost his faith, wanders into the barren and parched landscape of Zion, Indiana, and takes on work at Ferris Layman’s farm.  Buddy, Ferris’ mentally defective son, who is blessed with a miraculous gift—the gift of divining water—is befriended by C.C. and their unusual friendship becomes an emotionally rich story of faith, friendship and love that audiences relate to.

The Hi-Desert Playhouse cast packs an emotional wallop thanks to the extraordinary actors that brilliantly weave a patch-work-quilt of characters that are rich, deep and full of life.  Benjamin Bees, Cindy Snyder, Kylie Robinson and Kristine Waters join Playhouse veterans Scott Cutler (Dracula, Almost, Maine), Dan Graff (Tune In For Christmas, Dracula,) Dawn Davis (Tune In for Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Almost, Maine, Dracula), William Hart (A Christmas Carol, Tune In for Christmas), Andrew Accardi (Tune In for Christmas), Bianca Stoker (Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol), and Gilbert Pinela (Godspell).  Under the sensitive direction of Hi-Desert Playhouse Artistic Director Howard Shangraw, who was last seen in the Cultural Center’s production of The Red Priest as Antonio Vivaldi, THE DIVINERS is sure to touch all who witness this powerful and heartbreakingly beautiful tale.  This marvelously theatrical play should not be missed.

THE DIVINERS plays March 30-31, and April 6-7 at 7pm, with a matinee performance Sunday, April 8 at 2:30pm.  The play is recommended for all audiences with a suggested rating of PG-13.

Doors open one half-hour prior to the performance.  To purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org, visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, or call the Box Office at 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is located at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.

PHOTO CAPTION: Benjamin Bees, Bianca Stoker, Andrew Accardi, and Dan Graff rehearse as a part of the Playhouse’s newest theatrical production, THE DIVINERS, opening this Friday at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree.

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