The Desert Theatre League has honored the critically-acclaimed 14th season for Dezart Performs (www.dezartperforms.org of Palm Springs with Eight Desert Star Awards in the 35th annual occurrence in honoring outstanding performances and productions. The emotionally-charged The Mountaintop exploring the final night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took home six awards including Outstanding Props and Special Effects, Greg Thorneycroft;  Outstanding Sound Design – Professional, Clark Dugger; Outstanding Set Design – Professional, Thomas L. Valach; The Michael Cruickshank Award for Outstanding Director of a Drama, Professional, Michael Shaw; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, Shante Deloach; and Outstanding Production of a Drama – Professional.  The one-person dramatic comedy performed in the round, Every Brilliant Thing (pictured, above), garnered two awards: Outstanding Director of a Comedy – Professional, Deborah Hamon and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy – Professional for Joel Bryant.

“The evening of awards was a long-overdue gathering of all of our friends in the theatre community,” said Dezart Performs Founding Artistic Director Michael Shaw. “The joy of seeing everybody in one room after three long years of separation, and basking in the glow of the night was magical and so missed! Receiving the recognition from the Desert Theatre League was the icing on the cake.”

Below is the full schedule for the upcoming 15th Season for Dezart Performs, beginning on October 28.

15th Dezart Performs’ Season Listing

CHOIR BOY
October 28 – November 6, 2022
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Director: Michael Matthews
Musical Director: Ignoisco Miles
Choreographer: Joyce Guy
Drama with music
2019 Tony nominee for Best Play
2019 Drama Desk winner for Outstanding Music in a Play

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A BRIGHT NEW BOISE
January 13 – 22, 2023
Written by Samuel D. Hunter
Dark comedy

2011 Obie Award winner for Playwriting
2011 Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Play

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT THE MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY
March 3 – 12, 2023
Written by Halley Feiffer
Comedy 

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THE GARBOLOGISTS
April 14 – 23, 2023
Written by Lindsay Joelle
New comedy/drama