By Dee Jae Cox

Anyone who thinks the desert is simply a dry, barren landscape, has never spent time appreciating the wonder of the wildflowers that bloom during the months of February through May.  Their colors and vibrancy serve as inspiration for muses of all kinds.  2020 through the first part of 2021 was unfortunately a dry landscape for live desert theatre.  But now with the world once more venturing out, dust clearing from the stages and the doors opening to new and wonderous performances, desert theatre is once more in bloom.

Here are some of the upcoming shows that will have you fully appreciating the joy of live theatre.

PALM CANYON THEATRE will open for its only in-person show since the pandemic with “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The show will run from July 9th – July 18th.


PCT’S 2021/2022 SEASON

The Guys – Sept. 11-12

Sordid Lives – Sept. 23-Oct 3

Shrek – Oct. 22-Nov.7

This Side of Crazy – Nov. 18-21

The Sound of Music -December 3-19, 2021

Les Misérables – Jan. 21-Feb. 13

Palm Springs Getaway (New Musical) – Feb. 25-March 13

Cyrano de Bergerac – March 31-April 3

Monty Python’s Spamalot – April 22-May 1

Into the Woods – May 13-22

Into the Woods, Youth Ensemble – May 26-29

Godspell – July 8-17


The conservatory will present a double bill in July 2021;

Youth ages 8 to 14 year-old cast presents The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet,

ages 13-18 will present a brisk version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in a gay disco in pre-AIDS San Francisco circa 1979.

Opens July 23, 2021 with an evening gala and present a bargain matinee and second evening on July 24.  The following weekend we offer two more matinees and two more evening shows on July 30 and 31.


A Night on Broadway– July 9, 2021 & July 10, 2021

An Evening of Comedy with Jason Stuart/ Shann Carr / Selene Luna

July 17th.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

July 22 – August 8, 2021

The Rocky Horror Show – August 26 – September 12, 2021

Xanadu– Sep 30 – Oct 17, 2021

Hedwig and the Angry Inch– Nov 4 – Nov 21, 2021

Christmas With The Crawfords– Dec 9 – Dec 26, 2021

DESERT ENSEMBLE THEATRE (At the Palm Springs Cultural Center)

Oct. 22–24: Season 11 Opening Weekend Benefit Concert: Reunited and It Feels So Good, conceived feature popular singers Keisha D, Charles Herrera and Darci Daniels, along with Jerome Elliott, in a fast-paced, cabaret-style revue. This production benefits DET’s theatre internship and scholarship program.

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles Dec. 10­–12 and 17-19, 2021

Artificial Morality Jan. 21–23 and 28–30, 2022

Salty -Feb. 18–20 and 25–27, 2022

All This Intimacy Mar. 25–27 and Apr. 1–3, 2022 


Girlfriend– October 27-30, 2021 (at Rancho Mirage Amphitheater)

The Mountain Top – January 14-23, 2022

Grand Concourse – March 4-13, 2022

Every Brilliant Thing – April 1-10, 2022


(Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 10th) –

Bakersfield Mis tNovember 9 – November 21, 2021

Life X 3 January 25 – February 6, 2022 

Closer Than EverMarch 1- March 20, 2022
Native Gardens
 April 12 – 24, 2022

Visit the theatre websites, read the play synopses and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows.  If you’ve been feeling the desolation of barren landscape during the pandemic, it’s time to appreciate the desert in full bloom with the upcoming season of music, arts and the inspiration that only live theatre can provide.

Dee Jae Cox is a playwright, director and producer.  She is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project.