Desert Ensemble Theater’s (DET) Artistic Director Jerome Elliott Moskowitz is excited to announce the innovative lineup of plays for its 12th season. The season will feature four theatrical productions, including two world premieres, plus a new musical season opener benefit. The 12th season theme, “West Coast Originals,” will shine a bright spotlight on the works of talented (and often forgotten) west coast playwrights. Last year was a challenging time for the arts. DET’s board President; Shawn Abramowitz explains, “the move to our new home at the Palm Springs Cultural Center allowed us to safely distance audience members within the theatre. This helped us to set record attendance for any DET season. We’re confident that this, our 12th season, will be the most successful yet.” For additional information or to purchase season subscriptions and individual tickets call 760-565-2476 or order online at desertensembletheatre.org. DET is located at 2300 E. Baristo Rd. in Palm Springs. Tickets go on sale July 1, 2022

DESERT ENSEMBLE’S 12TH SEASON: “WEST COAST ORIGINALS”

12th SEASON OPENER, SPECIAL EVENT BENEFIT
SINGING WITH THE DESERT STARS
Conceived by Danny Kopelson
Friday, October 7, 2022

This one-night-only evening of song will benefit DET’s’ Internship and Scholarship Program. The stars are local, popular, professional singers who will coach prominent community members in a competitive evening of singing. The winner will be determined by the audience. All tickets include a pre-and post-performance reception at the theatre. Stars scheduled to perform are: Jeff Barnett, Darci Daniels, Charles Herrera and Lizzie Schmelling, with more to be announced. 

DO NOT REMOVE LABEL (World premiere)
By Jerome Elliott Moskowitz (Palm Springs, CA)
Directed by Michael Pacas
December 2–4, December 9–11, 2022

It’s Hanukkah 1966, and 12-year-old Bobby and his newly widowed mother Tammy are making latkes, preparing to celebrate. A missing label on the sofa triggers an ill-timed visit from the FBI and Hanukkah is turned upside down. Can the next-door neighbor Cookie Balinsky, save the day with Rugelach and good cheer?

KILL THE EDITOR
By Aren Haun (San Francisco, CA)
Directed by Kudra Wagner
January 27-29, February 3–5, 2023

Ben, a young editor, is hired to edit a documentary for the Cannes Film Festival. With only one week, can he cut a five-hour version down to size? The filmmaker doesn’t want to touch a frame. When the previous editor demands her position back, what will Ben do? Will he give in to the 5-hour vision, let the previous editor take over or will he edit the film into his own vision? 

KAFKA’S JOKE (World premiere)
By Rich Rubin (Portland, OR)
Directed by Jerome Elliott Moskowitz
March 10–12, March 17–19, 2023

On his deathbed, Franz Kafka instructs his best friend Max Brod to burn his unpublished manuscripts. Brod does not destroy his work believing Kafka is a literary genius, Brod then escapes from Nazi Europe with Kafka’s works in 1939, bringing them to Palestine. At the time of Brod’s death in 1968, he left the manuscripts to his secretary. However, Brod’s will is very confusing. Who owns Kafka? A true story based on a 2016 Israeli Supreme Court case. 

FUTURE THINKING
By Eliza Clark (Los Angeles, CA)
Directed by Keith M. Cornell
April 14–16, April. 21–23

Dressed as a character from his favorite sci-fi TV series, middle-aged super fan Peter finds himself being held in Comic Con security after violating a restraining order against him by his favorite actress from the TV series. Meanwhile, the spoiled starlet from the TV show, Chiara, is stuck in a hotel suite with her stage mom and bodyguard. Will Peter ever be able to deliver Chiara an important and mysterious message?

For additional information or to purchase season subscriptions and individual tickets call 760-565-2476 or order online at desertensembletheatre.org. DET is located at 2300 E. Baristo Rd. in Palm Springs. Tickets are available July 1, 2022.