Desert Rose Playhouse to Present Mart Crowley's THE BOYS IN THE BAND 4/5-5/5


The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley's live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present Mart Crowley's classic play "The Boys in the Band", at The Commissary in Rancho Mirage. The show will open April 5, 2013 for a five-week run closing on May 5.

It's Harold's birthday and his friends are throwing him a party he'll never forget, complete with his surprise gift --- a street hustler named Cowboy. As the evening progresses, many drinks are swilled and a game of Truth goes terribly wrong. This is a funny, bitchy and very moving classic gay play presented in an engrossing environmental production co-directed by Steve Fisher and Jim Strait.

"The Boys in The Band" opened off-Broadway in New York in 1968. The production ran for over 1000 performances and was recognized as the first commercial play written about homosexual characters that humorously and dramatically treated them as "real" human beings living outside of normal society. Playwright Crowley explained, "The self-deprecating humor was born out of a low self-esteem, from a sense of what the times told you about yourself." A 2-record LP album of the play's dialogue was released the same year and a film directed by William Friedkin opened in 1970 with most of the original Off-Broadway and London cast reprising their stage roles.

The Desert Rose Playhouse is a project of Desert Rose Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. "The Boys in The Band" continues Desert Rose Productions' mission to produce and present literate, relevant and entertaining plays and musicals to LGBT and Gay-Friendly theatregoers in the Coachella Valley.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now. To order go online at or call 760-202-3000.

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David Green David Green is the Executive Director of The American Foundation For Arts Education, founded by Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian -- working to restore the Arts to our nation’s public schools and provide an arts education to every child in America. He is the founder and President of the nationally acclaimed "Musical Theatre University", a training ground for talented young people with aspirations for careers in theatre, most specifically musical theatre. Mr. Green's Broadway alumni include Tony -nominees Matthew Morrison and Stephanie Block, Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez, Krysta Rodriguez, Scott Barnhardt and Anneliese VanDerPol to name a few. As a producer and director, he has staged over 150 theatrical productions for both educational and professional theatre and with such stars as Carol Channing, Cathy Rigby, JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith, Jonelle Allen, Eric Kunze, Davis Gaines, Stephanie Zimbalist, John Raitt, Betty Garrett and more. Mr. Green is the Regional Editor and Reviewer for the Inland Empire of Southern California.

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