Acclaimed Director, Charles Evered, to host actress auditions at Cultural Center

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JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is announcing an incredible opportunity for actresses in Southern California.  Acclaimed award-winning writer/director Charles Evered will host actress auditions August 31, 2012 for a staged reading benefit performance of his play, Class, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater.  Evered, who has written screenplays and teleplays for Universal Pictures, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures and NBC to name a few, will be directing this special benefit performance September 30, 2012 and will also feature brilliant LA actor Joshua Fardon who is best known for his roles in A Thousand Cuts, Conspiracy Theory, Volcano, Star Maps, Frasier, The West Wing and the Lucasfilms/NPR voice for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Evered’s produced film and television credits include an episode of Monk entitled “Mr. Monk and the Leper” for USA Network, starring Tony Shalhoub.  Evered wrote and directed the feature film Adopt a Sailor, starring Emmy winners Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth.  Adopt a Sailor was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals, premiered on Showtime and was distributed by Echo Bridge Entertainment.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center also staged an award-winning production of Adopt A Sailor that was directed by New York Drama Desk and award-winning playwright Ron House.  In addition, Evered wrote and directed the short film Visiting, starring James Waterston.  His second feature film as a director, A Thousand Cuts, stars Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe, and premiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2012.  Mr. Evered’s work has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets and was just awarded Best Short Play of 2012 by Smith & Kraus for Evered’s original play, Looking Again.

“We are ecstatic that Mr. Evered has kindly offered his time to direct this special reading, and we are even more excited to welcome him – a prestigious artist of such caliber – as a new member of our Desert communities,” stated Cultural Center President Jarrod Radnich.

In brief, Class is about Sarah, a movie star who walks into a small, run-down New York studio.  Earning $6 million a picture, she feels like a fraud.  She has come to seek the help of an acting teacher who was once a distinguished actor and now has a major chip on his shoulder.  Actresses who would like to take advantage of this incredible opportunity must be between 17 and early 30’s in age and need to send an email to to receive a scheduled audition time between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, August 31, 2012.  Actresses are encouraged to bring a photo of themselves and a sheet detailing their acting experience.

For more information, please contact the Cultural Center by sending an email to


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