Award-winning play reading to benefit Charles J. Evered House Artist Residency for Veterans

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 Blak Box Theater61231 Highway 62Joshua TreeCA

JOSHUA TREE — This Saturday evening, the Charles J. Evered House—an artist residency program of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center for artists who have served in the military or in conflict zones—is producing a benefit fundraiser and dramatic play reading of ADOPT A SAILOR, an award-winning comedy written by the program’s founder, CHARLES B. EVERED.  The “CJE House” is named for the playwright’s father, who served in World War II. 

While all the artists, performers, and staff participating in the benefit are donating their time and services in an effort to help launch the residency next fall, the performance is driven by an accomplished group of professionals and stars Wendy Rolfe Evered, Kirk Geiger, and Jarrod Radnich, and is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director HOWARD SHANGRAW.  WENDY ROLFE EVERED is an actress and musician who has appeared in feature films and television shows and is also a noted musician on the Coachella Valley music scene.  KIRK GEIGER is known to audiences around the country for his appearance in Sordid Lives, A Very Sordid Wedding, and Days Of Our Lives. JARROD RADNICH is an internationally renowned musical artist who is making his acting debut at the HDCC starring as “The Sailor.”  Radnich recently overcame health challenges, and his participation in the benefit reading is highly anticipated and a testament to his incredible tenacity.  Said playwright Evered, “Howard and I campaigned to get Jarrod in this reading because we knew he’d be amazing in it, and he is.  It’s also great seeing him healthy and in top form.”  Evered continues, “Howard Shangraw, himself an accomplished actor, has pulled together a first rate cast.  Wendy, Jarrod and Kirk are killing it in rehearsals and I know audiences will be riveted by their humor and intensity.  I’m very grateful for the hard work they are donating to this cause.”

CHARLES B. EVERED is an award-winning playwright and film director who is Professor of Playwriting at the University of California – Riverside.  Evered directed the film version of ADOPT A SAILOR, which screened at more than twenty international film festivals, won several awards and premiered on Showtime—starring Emmy Award winners Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth.  Evered also wrote for the highly rated television series MONK, starring Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub.  Evered will attend the benefit and sign copies of his plays to select audience members.

KIM WALTRIP, award-winning producer of the film version of ADOPT A SAILOR, will be in attendance for a talkback after the reading.  Waltrip also produced the films DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY and HIT AND RUN starring Bradley Cooper. 

Continues Evered, “I’m thrilled to share my play with such a supportive community and I hope people find a way to the theater on Saturday night.  I’m anxious to meet people face-to-face, tell them about the CJE House, how much it means to me and my family and hopefully get people involved.” 

The performance begins Saturday April 21 at 7pm and tickets start at $20 with all proceeds benefitting the CJE House.  To purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may visit, visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person Monday through Friday from 1pm-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.  This show is rated PG-13.



GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!