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Updates from the Desert Theatreworks stage

Who would have thought six months ago that theatre worldwide would be dark due to a worldwide pandemic? Our community partners at Desert TheatreWorks hope that you and your family are safe and healthy as we continue to find our way through this difficult time. "The DTW Family remains strong and healthy; however, we miss our community, friends and patrons terribly," adds Ron Phillips-Martinez, CEO of DTW.

But Phillips-Martinez also has some good news to share! Desert Theatreworks recently received the most nominations of any valley theatre company for the Desert Theatre League’s annual Desert Star awards. DTW at the Indio Performing Arts Center was nominated for 72 awards! The winners will be announced Oct. 4. Visit for a full list of nominees and more information.

DTW has been on pause since March 14, halting its SOLD-OUT performances of The Producers. Since then it has been awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of California as to when it would be safe to resume operations. "DTW takes the safety of our guests seriously and we will not resume operations before we can safely do so in an environment we can all feel comfortable in," said DTW Artistic Director Lance Phillips-Martinez. Regardless, DTW will be presenting a virtual play reading series this fall and virtual improvisation classes. Follow Desert Theatreworks on social media or visit for updates.