The Desert Rose Playhouse was established back in 2010 and billed as the Coachella Valley's only LGBTQ+ live theatre venue, and continues to hold true to that motto.
In 2018, the Playhouse changed ownership and is now in the hands of the current President, Robbie Wayne. Since taking the reigns Robbie has created a platform for the artists, by the artists. With a handful of newly created works getting the chance to grace a stage, from local cabaret talents given the space to create their one man show and put it in front of an audience or that production that just works for the theatres target community. Robbie is a simple groundskeeper offering guidance and direction for those bringing their works of art to the community.
Not only does The Desert Rose harbor such creativity but it consistantly sticks to its mission of LGBTQ inclusion and diversity. In the last year Desert Rose has produced a world premier production of a gay cowboy musical, a woman's beauty pageant (I'm sure you can guess they weren't really woman) and a touching story of loving who you love in your youth and the acceptance that could follow. Our inclusion goes on to our community as we donate upwards of up to $10,000 in complimentary tickets to the Desert Aids Project of Palm Springs each season. Just this year, we were able to implement an ASL program for our deaf community; where a gay, deaf man attended a show and expressed his endless gratitude as this was the first gay show he could see, and enjoy and feel included!
If you didn't know already, Desert Rose Playhouse is a 501 (3)c non-profit organization. Every dollar we get goes directly back into the theatre. From rent, to utilities, to paying for repairs and maintanence. Each of our productions can run up a tab ranging from $5,000 - $8000, with some reaching over $10,000. We cherish the quality that comes with the cost. When we cannot get materials donated, we do have to purchase a handful of items. From building materials, production materials, and the talent that performs for our audiences. The quality is what has grown our playhouse to one of the most talked about and visited venues in the Coachella Valley. We feel confident enought to boast an entirely sold out season of shows prior to the current climate we are in.
COVID-19 has halted our operation indefinitely. As we are a gathering hot spot we are one of the unlucky ones who cannot open our doors for quite some time. With many forgivenesses across the board, we unfortuantley have a collection of rights left to pay, rents to cover and insurance to mainting during this suspension. Since our income is your attendance, we cannot keep things running.
We hope this campaign will allow for a quick and easy recovery once we all come out of this moment in time. Our goal is to entertain our community with uplifting and joyful productions of men in dresses, or flirty cowboys singing in twangy accents or a scary killer child with a dream of being a Broadway star...How outrageous is that? And how fun to escape a scary reality than spending time at the theatre. Your contributions will allow us to not skip a beat, pick back up where we left off, and allow us to get right back to what's been keeping our institution going for over 10 years now. Entertaining you and bringing laughter and smiles into your life.
Thank you from all of us at Desert Rose Playhouse. We look forward to entertaining you soon!