Matthew Scott Montgomery's DEAD BOYS Comes to The Arthur Newman Theatre In Palm Desert

Matthew Scott Montgomery's DEAD BOYS Comes to The Arthur Newman Theatre In Palm DesertCLago Productions has announced a four-performance engagement of Matthew Scott Montgomery's award-winning drama Dead Boys, running September 20-23 at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert. Under the direction of Christopher James Raymond, the production will feature (in alphabetical order) playwright Montgomery and Andrew Puente.

The end of the world. Two millennials trapped in the basement of their old high school. The only gay kid in school. And the guy who used to beat him up. Provocative, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Dead Boys is about two modern American young men who have no choice but to face fate, race, sexuality - and each other.

A 2017 production of Dead Boys was a City of West Hollywood: One City One Pride Scholarship Award-winner. It was designated as Best of Fringe and won an Encore! Producers Award. The play was also a Diversity in American Theater Award finalist.

Matthew Scott Montgomery is an actor and emerging playwright. Acting credits include Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss at Geffen Playhouse, Del Shores' Southern Baptist Sissies (as well as the adapted film version), and Shores' Yellow at the Coast Playhouse, for which he won the LADCC Award for Best Actor. Television work includes Jane the Virgin, White Famous, and Disney Channel's Sonny With a Chance, So Random!, Shake it Up!, and Austin & Ally. He is also one of the writers and stars of the web series Nasty Habits. His writing has been produced onstage at the Let Live! Theatre, Theatre Banshee, and The Working Stage Theater in sold-out runs of the annual Halloween show Spook Night (and its three sequels), as well as the dark comedies Fuck Valentine's Day, Dead of July, and Dead of Winter.

Andrew Puente is a resident artist at the Ovation Award-winning Chance Theater in Anaheim. His television credits include NCIS and the web series Nasty Habits. Theatre credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, In the Heights, Hamlet, Dogfight, and Avenue Q, among others.

Christopher James Raymond is the Associate Artistic Director of The Blank Theatre and oversees its new play development program, The Living Room Series. Other work at The Blank includes the critically-acclaimed world premiere of A Singular They by Aliza Goldstein. He also served as assistant director for The Blank's west coast premiere of Speech and Debate and the LA premiere of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. He directed Doomsday Cabaret! A Rock Musical of Apocalyptic Proportions in the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He has worked at The Pearl, The Public, NADA, EST/LA, Moving Arts, and Theater of Note, among others.

Dead Boys will play four performances only - Thursday, September 20, at 7:30pm; Friday, September 21, at 7:30pm; Saturday, September 22, at 7:30pm; and Sunday September 23, at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.CLagoProductions.com/tickets or by phone at (760) 820-9169. The Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Senior Center is located at 73-750 Catalina Way in Palm Desert, 92260.

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