Playhouse produces new play April 5-14 by TV’s Emmy Award-Winning writer of NBC’s “This Is Us”

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s top-awarded Hi-Desert Playhouse will stage five performances April 5-14 of Bekah Brunstetter’s new play, Going To A Place Where You Already Are, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.

In what the Los Angeles Times calls “a terrific new play”, playwright Bekah Brunstetter’s delightful and thought provoking new dramedy—Going To A Place Where You Already Are—takes a whimsical look at life, asking the question “Is there a Heaven?” Playhouse Artist Director Howard Shangraw directs this warm and funny new play by the writer of TV’s Emmy Award-winning smash hit “This Is Us.”  The play stars Desert Theater League award-winning actors Jeanette Knight, Cooper Gillespie, and Howard Shangraw and also stars Playhouse favorites and Desert Star Award Nominees Doran Ray and William Hart.  It is a love story that explores the meaning of life with humor and hilariously awkward characters that serve up a magical world full of delight and surprise.  As we examine our levels of belief, faith, humanity, and our heavenly expectations in a world that may seem cynical, this play is uplifting, life-affirming, and is sure to warm the heart.

Going To A Place Where You Already Are plays April 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:30 pm, and a 2:30 matinee on Sunday, April 14.  The play has a suggested rating PG 13 due to mild adult language and content.  Doors open one half-hour prior to the performance.  Tickets range from $15 for General Admission up to $26 for Elite Seating.  A cash bar is available prior to each performance and during intermission.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org, call 760.366.3777, email info@hidesertculturalcenter.org, 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.

PHOTO CAPTION (FROM LEFT): Actors Howard Shangraw and William Hart perform in the Hi-Desert Playhouses new play, Going To A Place Where You Already Are, opening this Friday, April 5, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.

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ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER

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: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org

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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!

 

 

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