Desert Theater League Announces 2016 Nominations

By Noelle Geiger on Aug 02, 2016 at 01:32 AM in Kirk Geiger's Press, Noelle's Geiger's Press

Congratulations To Our Desert Stars Nominees!

Hi-Desert Cultural Center Joshua Tree

"An Actor's Carol," Receives 7 Nominations

An Actor's Carol Charles Evered
  • Outstanding Production-Comedy - Hi-Desert Cultural Center
  • Outstanding Director of a Comedy/Professional - Charles Evered
  • The Bill Groves Award for Outstanding Original Writing - Charles Evered
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy/Professional - Hal Linden
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Professional - Kirk Geiger, Ben Atkinson 
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Noelle Geiger

The Desert Theatre League will once again host its annual Desert Stars Awards gala to honor theatrical performers in the Coachella Valley and High Desert communities for the 2015-2016 theatre season. Winners in the various categories will be awarded a statuette. 

The ceremony will take place at Sun City Palm Desert on October 9, 2016. Reception and check-in begin at 4:00 PM. Ceremony begins at 5:15 PM. There will be a no-host bar. A 3 course seated dinner will be served. 

Seats are limited. Purchase early to avoid being shut out. Ticket sales close at 3:00 PM on Wednesday October 5, 2015 or when the supply of tickets is exhausted. Please be aware that our program format no longer separates presentation of youth/ballet awards and adult awards.

Desert Theater League Announces 2016 Nominations

About the Desert Theatre League

The Desert Theatre League (DTL) is a non-profit public benefit corporation founded in 1987 with the mission of supporting and cultivating theatre in the Coachella Valley. The DTL now boasts thirty-four Producing Members and thirty-eight Individual Members. Producing Members include professional and non-professional theatre companies, educational theatres and dance companies. Individual Members include area artists and others interested in furthering quality theatrical entertainment.

The DTL annually sponsors the Desert Stars Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in theatre arts. At that ceremony, it also recognizes those who have made continuing significant contributions to the Valley’s growing theatrical community. To assist aspiring artists, the DTL awards two scholarships each year to advance continued study in the arts. It also maintains an Emergency Financial Aid Fund to help members in times of extreme need.
The DTL is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which convenes on a monthly basis. Current Officers and Directors are as follows:


Gina Bikales, President
Susan Berman, Vice President
Pamla Abramson, Secretary
Frank Berman, Treasurer


John Abramson
Tony Bogard
Shirley LeMaster
Jo Rotunda
Irwin Rubinsky
Karen Schmidt
Derik Shopinski
John Toogood

I've gotten a lot of flack from the gay community about casting straight actors in gay roles, but I've also cast gay actors in straight roles and I'll bet you didn't know that, but I did. I don't discriminate against straight or gay people in casting; I'm open to good acting. Let's take Kirk Geiger, who played Ty in the Sordid Lives movie. The day he auditioned for me, he was very gay. I didn't feel it was my right to ask if he was gay or straight, but I cast the best actor in the role. You know what I say to people who criticize me for that? I say, "Fuck you." In Yellow, I happen to have a straight boy playing a straight boy and a gay boy playing a gay boy, but they were the best actors for the roles.
Del Shores
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