The Del Shores and Palm Springs love affair continues with the Palm Springs premiere of, This Side of Crazy.  Mr. Shores, who loves Palm Springs, stated “It was almost as if Palm Springs adopted Sordid Lives; it became theirs.” Due to its continued popularity and cult following, Palm Canyon Theatre just performed its eighth production of Sordid Lives this September.  The theatre’s co-artistic director, Se Layne states “I’m so excited that Palm Canyon Theatre will be the first production in Palm Springs of this soon-to-be classic, This Side of Crazy.”  This Side of Crazy will run one weekend only, November 18-21 at Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT), 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive.  

Opening night, Thursday, November 18, will be a very special evening at Palm Canyon Theatre.  Del Shores will join us live at the theatre to introduce the show and will participate in audience Q&A after the show. All Del Shores fans will not want to miss out on this very special personal appearance and opportunity to ask him questions. 

The plot of This Side of Crazy evolves around Ditty Blaylock, the most prolific singer in gospel music history, who is being honored by Gospel Music Network.  But there is one glitch. Ditty has promised a reunion of The Blaylock Sisters, her three adult daughters who were once national sensations – “Little Superstars for Jesus.” 

Rachel, the oldest sister, who lives with Ditty, is furious when she finds out that her baby sister Bethany, an atheist and lesbian, and Abigail, her middle sister, who has “anger issues” and currently is confined to a mental facility, are headed home. These complicated sisters have been estranged for over twenty-five years — and extreme past circumstances, including a husband left in a coma, have made reconciliation impossible.  Once reunited, secrets are revealed, tempers flare and family wounds are exposed.  But… the show must go on!

Director Richard Marlow and Yo Younger as Rachel, Deborah Harmon as Ditty, Melanie Blue as Bethany and Denise Strand as Abigail

Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of This Side of Crazy is directed by Richard Marlow and has a strong cast of four powerful women actors: Deborah Harman, Yo Younger, Denise Strand and Melanie Blue. 

This Side of Crazy runs from November 18-21. Show times are Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m.; Friday, November 19, 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 20, 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 21, 2 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 and $15.00 for students. 

For tickets or other information, call the PCT Box Office at 760-323-5123 or order online at PalmCanyonTheatre.net. Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, at the corner of Alejo Road. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.