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Dezart Performs Wins 6 Desert Stars Awards for landmark productions Daniel’s Husband and Sweat

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Dezart Performs Wins 6 Desert Stars Awards
for landmark productions Daniel’s Husband and Sweat 

5 October 2020 – Palm Springs, CA: The Desert Theatre League has honored the  critically-acclaimed 12th season for Dezart Performs ( of Palm Springs with Six “Desert Star Awards” in the 33rd annual occurrence for the theatrical high-point of the year. The emotionally-charged Daniel’s Husband exploring the legal and family dynamics of same-sex marriage took home four awards:  Outstanding Production of a Comedy/Drama (Professional);  The Michael Cruickshank Award for Outstanding Director of a Drama (Professional) for Darin Anthony; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (Professional) for David Youse and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama (Professional) for Deborah Harmon. The wrenching drama of a recessionary rust-belt town, Sweat, garnered two awards:  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama  for Desireé Clarke and Outstanding Props and Special Effects for Cecilia Orosco.

“We are so honored to be part of the Coachella Valley theatre community, never more than this challenging year,” said Dezart Performs Founding Artistic Director Michael Shaw. “We look forward to next year when hopefully we will be able to gather together onstage, backstage and in person for the 34TH annual Desert Theatre League Gala.”

“I am thrilled that Daniel’s Husband touched the heart of Palm Springs,” said Darin Anthony, Los Angeles based director for the production. “Thank you Desert Theatre League. It was a true pleasure to work with such a talented company on this heart wrenching play.”

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.

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