The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ+ Stage Company, will present the world premiere of a new play, Dare, by Allan Baker, opening Friday, April 20, 2018 for a four-week run.

Where: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
When: April 20 – May 13, 2018; performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM.
Tickets: $37.00 Friday & Saturday evenings and $34.00 Sundays matinees, including a $2 facility fee
To order:  Online at or call 760-202-3000

The comedy/drama is about Jack, an 82-year old gay man living in a Central California nursing home, who reveals his role in LGBT history to his compassionate doctor, Josh. Jack was once a vibrant activist for gay causes.  He has lived his life to the fullest and is now ready for his final curtain – on his own terms. During their conversation Jack recalls his life coming out in San Francisco, and his relationship with his one true love, David, a much younger man. 

The flashbacks go from the early 1970s in San Francisco, to early 1980s Fire Island, later in Greenwich Village, and finally the 1990s in New York.  This covers the horror of the AIDS outbreak, the allure of the Fire Island Pines, and the beginnings of the ACT UP movement. Jack tells Josh of his life as a closeted banker meeting David, and the changes that came to his life because of David’s influences and love.   

Playwright Allan Baker is an award-winning LGBTQ voice from Austin, TX.  Dare is the winner of the 2017 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest at the Castillo Theatre, New York, NY.  It was created with early support of ScriptWorks.

Dare features Richard Marlow as “Jack”, Mathew Hocutt as “Josh”, Terry Huber as “Younger Jack”, Noah Arce as “David”, and Robbie Wayne as “Nurse Assistant”. 

The production is directed and designed by Jim Strait and choreographed and costume designed by Robbie Wayne. Lighting design is by Phil Murphy. Frank Ellsworth is the Producing Partner.