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Theater Being Born: Dezart Performs Preps for Its Annual Play Reading Festival

Theater Being Born: Dezart Performs Preps for Its Annual Play Reading Festival

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

It all started because Michael Shaw and Dezart Performs co-founder Daniela Ryan wanted to bring more new live theater to the Coachella Valley.

In those first days of what would become the Play Reading Festival, performances were held in a small art gallery. Shaw and Ryan would solicit new scripts fro...

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Clean Comedy After Dark: Cash Levy to Perform at the Purple Room

Clean Comedy After Dark: Cash Levy to Perform at the Purple Room

Monday, March 23, 2015  |  Brian Blueskye

The After Dark series at the Purple Room continues to showcase a type of talent not often found performing in Palm Springs—and such will be the case on April 10 and 11, when comedian Cash Levy will take the stage.

Levy has recorded a special for Comedy Central, and performed on The Late Late Show With...

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A Success With Two Names: Palm Springs' Andrew Neiderman May Be History's Best-Selling Ghostwriter

A Success With Two Names: Palm Springs' Andrew Neiderman May Be History's Best-Selling Ghostwriter

Monday, March 16, 2015  |  Brane Jevric

Best-selling author Andrew Neiderman holds two prolific jobs.

The Palm Springs resident writes novels under his own name—46 so far, in fact. Seven of his novels have been made into films—most notably The Devil’s Advocate , starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.

He’s also the ghostwriter f...

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Local Playwright Does Good: Desert Ensemble Shows Off Two Fine One-Acts by Tony Padilla

Local Playwright Does Good: Desert Ensemble Shows Off Two Fine One-Acts by Tony Padilla

Saturday, March 14, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

For many years, Coachella Valley audiences have enjoyed the works of award-winning playwright Tony Padilla. He was co-founder of the Playwright’s Circle with Marilee Warner, and is now enjoying success with his own company, Desert Ensemble Theatre.

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Tony ha...

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Western Lit: 'Crow Blue' Tells the Imaginative Tale of a Brazilian Girl Who Searches for Her Father in the U.S.

Western Lit: 'Crow Blue' Tells the Imaginative Tale of a Brazilian Girl Who Searches for Her Father in the U.S.

Friday, March 13, 2015  |  Traci J. Macnamara

Brazilian-born novelist Adriana Lisboa’s latest novel, Crow Blue , depicts a precocious young woman’s quest for a place inside a splintered family.

Vanja is only 13 when her mother dies. That loss sparks her journey from Rio de Janeiro to Colorado, where she reconnects with her estranged stepfather, Fe...

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Family Ties: CV Rep's 'La Gringa' Reminds That Home Is Where the Heart Is

Family Ties: CV Rep's 'La Gringa' Reminds That Home Is Where the Heart Is

Monday, March 09, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Coachella Valley Repertory and artistic director Ron Celona are known for presenting challenging, thought-provoking theater pieces—and CV Rep has solidified that well-deserved reputation with Carmen Rivera’s La Gringa .

The Spanish version of the show opened at Repertorio Español in February 1996 and w...

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