Playhouse to open timely dark comedy DOG LOGIC April 15

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Dog Logic Cast

The Hi-Desert Playhouse’s newest theatrical production, DOG LOGIC, will play April 15-23 and star Doran Ray, Jeanette Knight, Daniel Graff, and Vanessa Malcolm.


— The Hi-Desert Playhouse opens its ninth production this season on Friday, April 15th with the fabulously quirky and wonderfully surreal dark comedy, DOG LOGIC.  This incredibly timely play feels eerily familiar—the California desert, impending encroachment of urban sprawl, real estate brokers prowling to acquire land, development deals, subdivisions, and, of course, a cemetery.  The plot is both introspective and optimistic as Hertel Dagget, a reclusive and deeply spiritual caretaker of a run-down pet cemetery, fights to protect those departed pets in his care from the greed and the so-called progress that is “coming like an amoeba.”  This Kennedy Center award-winning play gives Hertel the logic and instinct of a dog—simple, precise, immediate, benign—and weaves the shaggy dog story with ancient Egyptians, dinosaurs, Godzilla, Indian pictographs, and lava lamps—as he deals with his grasping, estranged mother, his desperate ex-wife, and an unscrupulous realtor.  DOG LOGIC realizes that “we’re all connected,” and that we’re all “just trying to figure it out.  Survival is instinct.”  And when we die, and the Egyptian gods ask, “Were you kind to animals?” … how will you answer?

Written by playwright Thomas Strelich, and directed by the playhouse’s celebrated Artistic Director, Howard Shangraw, the production stars returning Playhouse actor, Doran Ray (Sheriff Joe Sutter in The Spitfire Grill, Jesus in Godspell), as Hertel, Playhouse newcomers Daniel Graff (GW Nethercott in Sordid Lives, JD Winkler in Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife) as Dale, and Vanessa Malcolm (Helen in Baby with The Bathwater, The Fool in King Lear) as Kaye, and veteran award-winning equity stage actor and director, Jeanette Knight, (Louise in Always, Patsy Cline and numerous other award-winning productions) as Anita.

The play runs April 15-23, 2016.  A cash bar and complimentary light refreshments are available during the performances.  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.  Group discounts available.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is located at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.  Suggested Rating: 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!