Coyote StageWorks, an award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, is pleased to announce its schedule of performances for 2015. The season will include the Company’s signature one-night-only benefit and a full production of a smash comedy hit, presented at the brand new, state-of-the-art Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.
Twice voted “Best Live Theater” by Desert Magazine in 2013 and 2014, Coyote StageWorks was presented with fifteen Desert Star Awards by the Desert Theatre League in 2013, and has received 39 nominations for its 2014 season. The Desert Star Awards will be given out on October 5, 2014.
For its annual benefit gala, Coyote StageWorks will present “Side By Side By Sondheim.” Pending rights approval, a star-studded cast will present the classic musical revue for a single performance on Saturday, January 17. Tickets for the benefit are $75 and $125 per person for performance only; $250 per person ticket includes VIP cast reception following performance.
The most talked about comedy of the year, “Buyer & Cellar” will be presented for nine performances beginning March 27. An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs, the show’s initial run in New York has won multiple awards for best solo show and performance. Ticket for matinees are $45 – $55 per person, and evening performances are $50 – $60 per person.
“It was a huge coup for our young company to obtain the rights to the hysterical ‘Buyer & Cellar’ while it was still playing Off-Broadway,” exclaimed Chuck Yates, Founding Artistic Director of Coyote StageWorks. “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and the community for continuing to support high-quality theater in the Coachella Valley, and are enthusiastic about our sixth season in our beautiful new home!”
The change in venue for the 2014-2015 season came about as the result of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s realignment plans for the Annenberg Theater. Coyote StageWorks was abruptly informed at the beginning of July that it would no longer be able to rent the theater for its productions. “We are thrilled to have landed in this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility,” explained Yates. “I attended a performing arts high school, so I am extremely excited about the mentoring opportunities with the students. I also know from personal experience how an important program like this can change the course of one’s life.”
Coyote StageWorks is a nonprofit, 501(c)iii company dedicated to advancing theatre as a vital art form in the desert communities of the Coachella Valley. It is their mission to provide a forum for thought-provoking, entertaining, and culturally significant works in an environment that nurtures the creativity of the individual and the enrichment of the community.
For more information about Coyote StageWorks and its 2015 season, please visit coyotestageworks.org. Group sales: 760-318-0024. To purchase individual tickets or subscriptions, call 760-202-6482 or visit hgpac.org.
About the shows:
Side By Side By Sondheim (Pending rights approval)
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm
The genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. This dazzling array of some of his best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized musical theatre. Also included are classics written with legends such as Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, and Richard Rodgers.
Buyer & Cellar
March 27 through April 5
Inspired by Barbra Streisand’s “My Passion for Design,” “Buyer & Cellar” is part truth, part fiction. The facts? Streisand has a shopping mall in the basement of her Malibu home, featuring a doll shop, an antique clothing store and a sweets shop, complete with a frozen yogurt machine, as detailed in her 2010 book. Playwright Jonathan Tolins takes the wackiness a step further as he imagines a man who is hired to work in the mall…with Babs as his only customer. The one-man show tells the story of Alex More, a struggling Los Angeles actor who takes a gig working in the basement mall, and develops an unlikely and hilarious friendship with Streisand.