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Casting Complete for 12th Season for Award-Winning Dezart Performs Acclaimed Palm Springs Company Opens Season November 8 with HAND TO GOD

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Casting Complete for 12th Season for Award-Winning Dezart Performs
Acclaimed Palm Springs Company Opens Season November 8 with HAND TO GOD

Pre-Season Benefit  SQUEEZE MY CANS by Cathy Schenkelberg October 7 & 8

19 September 2019 – Palm Springs, CA:  Following a record-breaking 11th season, the award-winning Dezart Performs of Palm Springs heads into its 12th now fully cast for all four of its productions, taking place at thePearl McManus Theater (at the historic Palm Springs Woman’s Club / 314 S Cahuilla Road, Downtown Palm Springs). Starting with the raucous Tony Award nominated dark comedy HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins (November 8 – 17), the season switches to drama with the acclaimed off-Broadway hit DANIEL’S HUSBAND by Michael McKeever (January 10 – 19). Rounding out the season are the Pulitzer Prize-winning working class drama SWEAT by Lynn Nottage (February 28 – March 8) and the comedy/drama EVERY BRILLIANT THING written by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe (April 3 – 12). A full list of shows including casts follows at the end of this release.

Pre-ceding the official season, Dezart Performs presents a special two-night-only offering of SQUEEZE MY CANS. Written and performed by Cathy Schenkelberg, the critically-acclaimed hilarious but true exploration of one woman’s journey into-and-out-of Scientology will run Monday and Tuesday, October 7 and 8 at 7:30pm at the Desert Rose Playhouse  (69620 E Palm Canyon Dr, Rancho Mirage) and benefit Dezart Performs and the Scott Smith Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at or by phone by calling (760) 322-0179.

Dezart Performs, one of the Coachella Valley’s preeminent theatre companies, recognizes that the performing arts enrich the life and culture of a community, promote greater understanding and provoke insightful discussion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre company, its mission is to provide an artistic home for bold and cutting–edge plays, creating an atmosphere of artistic growth for actors, writers, and directors who uniquely contribute to the diverse theatrical environment in the Coachella Valley.

Season package prices: (4-Show Season Packages $124-164; 3-Show Season Packages $96-126)
All performances take place at the Pearl McManus Theater (at the historic Palm Springs Woman’s Club) 314 S Cahuilla Road, Downtown Palm Springs. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling (760) 322-0179

12th Dezart Performs Complete Season  & Cast Listing


Written by Robert Askins

Directed by Michael Shaw

Dark comedy

November 8-17, 2019


Margery – Yo Younger

Jason/Tyrone – Eddie Vona

Timothy – Danny Gomez

Jessica – Brenna Williams

Pastor Greg – Roy Abramsohn

The Tony-nominated Broadway hit comedy, where The Exorcist Meets Sesame Street! “HAND TO GOD is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good.” —New York Daily News

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. (note: for mature audiences)

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Written by Michael McKeever

Directed by Darin Anthony


January 10-19, 2020


Daniel – Michael Shaw

Mitchell – David Youse

Barry – Chuck Yates

Trip – Hanz Enyeart

Lydia – Deborah Harmon

Off-Broadway’s Latest Hit Drama! One of The New York Times plays to see! “A profound look at love and commitment.” —The Daily Beast

Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. Perfect house, perfect friends – even a mother who wants them married. They’d have the perfect wedding, too, except that Mitchell doesn’t believe in gay marriage. A turn of events puts their perfect life in jeopardy, and Mitchell is thrust into a future where even his love may not prove to be enough. DANIEL’S HUSBAND is a bold reflection of love, commitment, and family in our perilous new world. Starring WHITE GUY ON THE BUS’ David Youse and Dezart Performs Artistic Director, Michael Shaw.

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Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Michael Shaw


February 28-March 8, 2020

Evan – Eddie Stephens

Jason – James Owens

Chris – Cortez Johnson

Stan – Mike Truelock

Oscar – Miguel Arballo

Tracey – Theresa Jewett

Cynthia – Desireé Clarke

Jessie – Leanna Rogers

Brucie – Cary Thompson

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. SWEAT exposes the collapse of the American working class in the new millennium. “Sharp and threatening as a box cutter blade…ferociously engrossing…SWEAT never feels less than authentic—and crucial.” —

It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they’ve been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill is making some changes and the blood, sweat and tears of generations of loyal workers don’t seem to amount to much. SWEAT dissects the insidiousness of privilege and entitlement, reminding you that there’s always someone on a lower plane to blame for your troubles, and there will always be someone who stands to profit from your loss. 

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Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Directed by Deborah Harmon


April 3-12, 2020


Narrator – Joel Bryant

“A heart-wrenching, hilarious play…One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop!” —The Guardian

You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.