Playhouse Launches New First Fridays! Reader’s Theater Series

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s prestigious Hi-Desert Playhouse theater division is opening the first production of its new highly-anticipated “First Fridays! Reader’s Theater” series October 2, 2015 at 7pm at the Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater. Where directors, playwrights, and actors rehearse and present exceptional reader’s theater, the new series will showcase superb acting talent in a professional setting with an intent to create thoughtful discussion and social community for live theater actors and enthusiasts. General admission tickets are only $7 and include a complimentary beverage.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Suzanne Avalon, the new “First Fridays! Reader’s Theater” series will open with a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist Other Desert Cities and will feature an all-star cast: Meg Wolfe (CBS’s The Mentalist; FX’s American Horror Story; and ABC’s Private Practice), Howard Shangraw (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; The Fantastic Four; South Coast Repertory Theatre), Suzanne Avalon (Off-Broadway, TV & film, producer, director and actress; Founder/President Idyllwild Actor’s Theatre), Jeri Greene (celebrated Inland Theatre League actress; award-winning playwright), and Abram Rees-Davies (Idyllwild Arts Academy graduate).

Earning what the New York Times calls, “The most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has known in many seasons,” Other Desert Cities is the story of Brooke Wyeth who returns home to Palm Springs, after a six-year absence, to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. “Spending time with these messed-up, complicated people is a genuine pleasure.” —NY Post. “Power, passion, and superbly crafted palaver stippled with blowdarts of wit—this is what Baitz does best.” —New York Magazine.

To purchase tickets or for more information patrons may visit, visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person Monday through Friday from 1-5pm, or call the Box Office at 760.366.3777 from 9am – 5pm . The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is located at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s prestigious Hi-Desert Playhouse theater division will open its new “First Fridays! Reader’s Theater”


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!