Award-winning Reader’s Theater Series presents “CLOSING CREDITS: An Evening With Frank Capra” March 22-23

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Playhouse presents CLOSING CREDITS: An Evening With Frank Capra with two performances on Friday and Saturday, March 22 & 23 starting at the new time of 7:30 pm. Following the performance there will be a Q&A with the playwright Loren Marsters.

Six actors play over twenty roles in Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s (HDCC) next Reader’s Theater staged reading. In this latest play from playwrights Loren Marsters and George D. Morgan, the life and career of iconic Hollywood film director Frank Capra is told from his immigration to America at the age of six, through serving in World War II, to his struggles in the film industry, to the landmark moment when he becomes the first director to have a film win all five of the top Academy Awards, an accomplishment that would not be repeated for another four decades.

The cast of HDCC favorites include Michael Lombardo (Coming Attractions, Every Christmas Story Ever Told), William Hart (The Diviners, Coming Attractions), Jered B. Palmer (WORKING: The Musical), Desert Theatre League (DTL) Award-winning actor Andrew Accardi (Best Actor – The Diviners), multiple DTL nominated actress Haley Kooyman (The Spitfire Grill, A Christmas Carol, The Red Priest), and multiple DTL Award-winning best actress Analisa Pilecki (The Spitfire Grill, Godspell, Mother, Dearest). Directed by William Hart, CLOSING CREDITS: An Evening With Frank Capra takes us on the amazing rags to riches journey of this legendary Hollywood filmmaker.

Where directors, playwrights, and actors rehearse and present exceptional reader’s theater, the Playhouse’s “Reader’s Theater Series” showcases superb acting talent in a professional setting with an intent to create thoughtful discussion and social community for live theater actors and enthusiasts.

Elite seating tickets are $18 and General admission tickets are only $12.  All tickets include one drink ticket.  A cash bar is also available.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit, call 760.366.3777, email, or visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person weekdays from 1-5 pm at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree.  The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

PHOTOS CAPTION: Actors perform in the original production of CLOSING CREDITS, being newly performed in a special staged reading March 22-23 at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:



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