Coachella Valley Repertory (CV REP) 2012/13 Season
THE SUNSET LIMITED
by Cormac McCarthy (March 20th – April 7th)
On a subway in New York City, an ex-con from the South saves the life of an intellectual atheist. This unlikely encounter leads to a moving debate about truth, fiction and belief.
ML Berry (Black) & Don Oscar Smith (White)
March 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, April 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th @ 8:00 pm
March 24th, 31st, and April 7th @ 2:00 pm
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS
by Richard Alfieri (January 23rd – February 10th)
This is a comedy about a relationship between the widow of a Southern Baptist minister and her gay dance instructor. Their antagonism gives way to compassion as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha!
Bobbi Stamm (Lily Harrison) & Sean Galuszka (Michael Minetti)
January 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th, 31st, February 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th @ 8:00 pm
January 27th, February 3rd, and 10th @ 2:00 pm
The cast posed with sponsors, Patty & Arthur Newman
Thank You For Flushing My Head In The Toilet
And Other Rarely Used Expressions
by Jonathan Dorf
December 4th – 14th For school children throughout the Coachella Valley
December 8th, 2PM & 7PM Public Performances
by Donald Margulies (October 24th – November 11th)
This is the story of the passionate conflict between two women, a prominent short-story writer and her protégé. The teacher shares intimate details of her life. The student cannibalizes her stories by writing a book. Once we share our secrets and truths, are they no longer ours?
Eileen T’Kaye (Ruth Steiner) & Erika Whalen (Lisa Morrision)
October 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st, November 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th @ 8:00 pm
October 28th, November 4th and 11th @ 2:00 pm
COLLECTED STORIES QUOTES
To experience Theatre of the highest professional quality, treat yourself to “Collected Stories”. David and I loved it !!!
Tell your friends, please. They will thank you.
I’m living here in The Springs for 4-1/2 years. I’ve gone to many shows in that time. Last week we went to see “Collected Stories” at the CV REP Theatre at the Atrium. Undoubtedly the best stage presentation I’ve see thus far, directed by Ron Celona and starring Eilee T’Kaye and Erika Whalen. Well worth the schlep to the Atrium
morris I. diamond, author
We went to the matinee on Sunday. Wow, what a great performance and so thought provoking. It’s so nice to have this theatre here local, small, intimate and first class entertainment.
Paula LaBellarti, CRS, GRI, PMN
We saw Collected Stories yesterday and it was superb. The acting was so good that I forgot it was a play, and really was caught up in it.
I was delighted to find a local theatre presenting first class acting in a dramatic play. I recently saw their first play of the 2012-13 season, Collected Stories, and was mezmerized by the high quality of the production and of the two actors. Go to their website at www.cvrep.org for more info on the 3 plays that they are offering. You can still catch Collected Stories with playdates on 11/7, 11/8, 11/9 & 11/10 at 8 pm and 11/11 at 2 pm. They are at 69-930 Hwy 111 in Rancho Mirage and can be reached at 760 296 2966. If you like live theatre, this small theatre needs our support.
HI hope you have an awesome day two people were able to sign up for the CVrep subscription that play was awesome I sent out a email to a large group telling them about it
angie and i went to see collected stories yesterday afternoon. we both loved it. acting was great and it was easy for angie to follow. the atrium reminds me of some of the venues in nyc. i think it will do well. we have tickets for the other 2 plays and are looking forward to it. thanks for talking it up. i will tell my friends also.
best to charlie,
Coachella Valley Repertory (CV REP) 2011/12 Season
July 7th – 8th, 2012 CV Rep presented a Summer Staged Reading of Roger Karshner’s critically acclaimed comedy, “The Man With The Plastic Sandwich.” “Fired after twenty years, Walter Price encounters three provocative characters while contemplating his options on a park bench: Ellie, a high spirited ingenue who represents hope; Haley, a distinguished hobo representing wisdom; and Lenore, a hooker who represents reality.”
“You will laugh until your sides feel as if they will burst, until your eyes begin to water, until you are sure that one more clever line or witty exchange will send you into a laughing fit from which you may never recover.” – The Chicago Sun Times
“Truly high comedy…I can’t think of a soul who wouldn’t love the off beat characters.” – Chicago Reporter/Progress Newspapers
April 19th – May 6th, 2012 CV Rep presented a 3-week run of Michael Weller’s “What The Night Is For,” its second in-house production for an adult audience. “What The Night Is For” is a flirtatious, funny, and thoughtful award-winning play that explores timeless questions about marriage, infidelity, and finding your soulmate. Indeed, Talkin’ Broadway described Michael Weller as “one of the most emotionally and sexually acerbic playwrights around.” We are indebted to our amazing cast (actors Peter Trencher and Jan Broberg) and crew for their talented performances and intrepid work during this time!
January 25th – February 5th, 2012 CV Rep debuted William Mastrosimone’s “The Woolgatherer,” its first first in-house production for an adult audience. Featuring actors Courtney DeCosky and Chip Bent, it was celebrated in local press: Jack Lyons of DesertLocalNews.com wrote, “the beauty and the joy of this production, which is seamlessly and creatively directed by [Ron] Celona (the company’s Artistic Director), are the performances of DeCosky and Bent. Their on-stage chemistry perfectly compliments the characters that playwright Mastrosimone must have envisioned and more.” And Bruce Fessier, Arts and Entertainment Reviewer for The Desert Sun, stated that “after [CV Rep's] second straight high-quality play, the Coachella Valley Repertory is making a strong argument that it’s the missing piece in this desert’s cultural tapestry.”
December 6th-Dec. 16th, 2011, “Thank You For Flushing My Head in the Toilet” opened for school children throughout the Coachella Valley. December 10th CV Rep offered a public performance. “Thank You for Flushing” was the story of Achilles and Helen, with whom getting bullied is a dismal fact of life – Achilles regularly has his head flushed in the toilet, and Helen invents reasons to arrive late to school so she can avoid a vicious clique. When cool girl Glinda magically materializes and offers them a way out, they each jump at the chance. But Glinda’s solution is to turn them into the very people who have tormented them. Can Achilles and Helen find another way out?
November 18 – 20th, “VIVIEN” opened as a limited engagement and fundraiser at the Coachella Valley Repertory Theater. Proceeds were to benefit CV REP. “VIVIEN” starred renowned actress Judith Chapman, who utilizes her time, talent, and love of the theater to perform and raise money for organizations like the Coachella Valley Repertory.
Opening in a darkened theatre, “VIVIEN” was an illuminating journey beyond Leigh’s triumphs into the madness that tortured her all of her life, as she reflected on her tumultuous relationship with actor Laurence Olivier and her tragic battles with manic depression and tuberculosis. The very English Leigh also expresseed her insecurities, despite winning two Oscars for her “Southern Belle” performances in “Gone with the Wind” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Other highlights of the play were Leigh’s frank, often humorous “conversations” with the people who touched her most, including friend and confidante Katharine Hepburn, Winston Churchill, Olivier, co-star and lover Peter Finch and critic Kenneth Tynan, whose harsh stage reviews haunted the actress throughout her career.
Judith Chapman, her generosity, spirit and support is appreciated and honored by the whole CV REP Board of Trustees.
Coachella Valley Repertory (CV REP) 2010/11 Season
Our production of Captain Louie, sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation, was a grand success! 2,400 children from Beaumont to Coachella were treated to free admission and transportation to the Annenberg Theater to see special performances of Captain Louie during its week of production. Their reaction to seeing a musical theater production was GREAT! We had a Q & A after each performance and the majority of the children were seeing a live performance for the very first time. It was very rewarding for the whole company.
On October 7th, CV REP presented, in partnership with the AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs, DRAMA to DRAG, Provincetown History meets Palm Springs’ Future. This exciting event showcased the work of historic playwrights who wrote some of America’s most famous plays while spending their summers in Provincetown.
Drama to Drag included selected scenes from well-known theatrical masterpieces, and featured sensational live performances from the The Kinsey Sicks,one of Provincetown’s most successful nightclub acts, recently billed by the San Francisco Chronicle as ‘outrageous.’ Guests will were also treated to a performance from local drag troupe, Les Originals. The evening was hosted/narrated by Broadway singer/actor, Danny Gurwin.
Coachella Valley Repertory (CV REP) 2009/10 Season
The Coachella Valley Repertory (CVREP) partnered with the Palm Springs Art Museum as a part of their Education Program. Download Press Release HERE!
This production was a part of the Museum’s free family “Second Sunday of the Month Series,” which kicked off on October 11, 2009.
CV REP presented Reflections of Lino, an original performance piece in association with the museum’s art installation of the world renowned glass artist, Lino Tagliapietra. Like his extraordinary glass art which has beautiful movement, color and light; CV REP’s goal was to reflect Mr. Tagliapietra’s work through theatrical lighting, music, dance and narrative.
The artistic staff included original music by one of Hollywood’s most successful composers, Nathan Wang, Dance which will be choreographed by Kate Hutter, the Artistic Director of the LA Contemporary Dance Company and performed by members of their company. Original script by Jonathan Dorf, a playwright who has focused primarily on youth-oriented plays which have been performed all over the world. Lighting, Sound and Projection design was by the Annenberg Theatre staff designers, Moira Wilkie and Dave Simpson. Costumes were designed by Aalsa Lee. Directing this fine team of artists was Ron Celona.
This performance was Free to the public!
Coachella Valley Repertory (CV REP) 2008/09 Inaugural Season
Children’s Outreach Production
Our Dad is in Atlantis by Javier Malpica and translated from the Spanish by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas.
Performed March 4, 2009 through March 15, 2009 at the Indio Performing Arts Center.
There were 10 performances; 6 in English and 4 in Spanish.
Review Press regarding Our Dad is in Atlantis