The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ+ Stage Company, will present Christopher Durang’s acclaimed comedy, VANYA & SONIA & MASHA + SPIKE, opening Friday, September 22, 2017, for a four-week run. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through October 15, 2017.

Vanya and Sonia live in their family’s home in Bucks County, PA. Their “Movie Star” sister Masha arrives with her new boy-toy Spike to tell them she is selling the family manse and moving on with life. Add a “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” costume party and a voodoo-spell-casting housekeeper and it’s Christopher Durang at his best! New York Times calls the comedy, “Deliriously Funny” and USA Today raves, “A wild winning ride!”

Tony Winner for Best Play 2013!!

The cast includes award-winning DRP Artistic Director Jim Strait as “Vanya”, DRP award-winning actress Adina Lawson as “Sonia”, DRP newcomer Heather Brendel as “Masha”, and DRP veteran Cody Frank as “Spike”. The rest of the cast includes DRP newcomers Beaumont resident Alma Lacy as “Cassandra” and April Mejia as “Nina”. Robbie Wayne directs and designs scenery and costumes for the production. Lighting is designed by Phil Murphy.


The Desert Rose Playhouse is a project of Desert Rose Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. VANYA & SONIA & MASHA + SPIKE continues Desert Rose Productions’ mission to produce and present literate, relevant and entertaining plays and musicals for LGBTQ and Gay-Friendly theatregoers in the Coachella Valley.

Tickets are $37 for evening performances and $34 for matinees, which includes a $2 per ticket facility fee. Go online at or call 760-202-3000 to order tickets after September 1, 2017.


VANYA & SONIA & MASHA + SPIKE, by Christopher Durang

Where: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

When: September 22 – October 15, 2017; 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 after September 1, 2017