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DTW Artsworks

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey through the realms of imagination and emotion as we proudly unveil the captivating line-up for the 2024-2025 DTW: Artsworks season!


DTW Artsworks 24-25

A Staged Reading
Tue, Oct 29, 2024
Wed, Oct 30, 2024

When Ann thinks of her father, she immediately remembers playing Peter Pan in her hometown theater in Iowa, particularly when he used to bring her flowers after her performance. Her memory is jogged by the fact that she and her four siblings are in their father’s hospital room during his final moments. His death sparks a conversational wake that includes everything from arguments over politics to when each sibling realized that they grew up. A loving look at a family’s view of death, life and the allure of never growing up.

Tue, Oct 29, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Wed, Oct 30, 2024 at 7:30 PM
AMERICAN MOOR by Keith Hamilton Cobb
A Staged Reading
Tue, Nov 19, 2024
Wed, Nov 20, 2024

A seasoned African-American actor auditioning for the role of William Shakespeare’s iconic Black hero ,Othello, must respond to the dictates of a younger white director who presumes to understand how to maximize the Black character for believability. What could possibly go wrong? A poetic exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America, not necessarily in that order.

Tue, Nov 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 20, 2024 at 7:30 PM
SIX YEARS OLD by Daphne Silbiger
Tue, Feb 25, 2025
Wed, Feb 26, 2025

Adalaide is six years old, and she knows a few things: Her stupid babysitter Kim is stupid, her younger brother Dewey is an idiot and she does NOT like being treated like a girl. Though Kim takes Adalaide’s frustrations seriously and tries to offer support, Adalaide’s family and peers discourage her, leaving her to seek out dangerous measures in order to transform into who she was born to be (her hero, Han Solo). Played with a cast of Senior actors, SIX YEARS OLD is a comic and poignant play reflecting back on the wild fantasies and serious desires of queer childhood.

Tue, Feb 25, 2025 at 7:30 PM
Wed, Feb 26, 2025 at 7:30 PM
Tue, March 25, 2025
Wed, March 26, 2025

When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: When identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?

Tue, March 25, 2025 at 7:30 PM
Wed, March 26, 2025 at 7:30 PM
GLADYS IN WONDERLAND by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
Tue, April 29, 2025
Wed, April 30, 2025

87-year-old Gladys' days of munching donuts and scouring the obituaries seem numbered when Death himself comes knocking on her door one morning. Ready to whisk her off into the great unknown, her cheerful grim reaper is startled by Gladys' stubborn refusal to expire. In order to push Gladys toward the light, he ushers in a parade of obnoxious friends and relatives who nitpick and whine. He also gives her a taste of nursing home life from an inmate's point of view. Suddenly, the afterlife doesn't look so bad.

Tue, April 29, 2025 at 7:30 PM
Wed, April 30, 2025 at 7:30 PM
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In addition to our main programming areas, Desert TheatreWorks (DTW) is proud to introduce ArtsWorks, a specialized program tailored for seniors. ArtsWorks invites older adults to partake in creative expression, social connection, and personal growth through a variety of performing arts activities designed specifically for their needs. From engaging in play readings to participating in singing sessions, ArtsWorks provides seniors with opportunities to stay active, enhance cognitive function, and cultivate meaningful connections within a supportive community. At DTW, we firmly believe in the transformative power of live performance to inspire, educate, and unite our community. Our commitment to enriching the cultural tapestry of the Coachella Valley drives us to create experiences that resonate with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

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Kidsworks Programs

Summer Musical Theatre Camp

Track A – June 12-23,2023 (Mon-Fri)
Disney On Broadway A:
Grades 1-3
– 8AM-10:30AM, final performance Friday June 23 at 10am

Broadway On The Edge A: Grades 4-8
– 1PM-5PM, final performance Friday June 23 at 4pm

Leadership A: Grades 7 and up
– 8am-5pm

Track B – AM July 10-21,2023 (Mon-Fri)
Disney On Broadway B:
Grades 1-3
– 8AM-10:30AM, final performance Friday July 21 at 10am

Broadway On The Edge B: Grades 4-8
– 1PM-5PM, final performance Friday July 21 at 4pm

Leadership B: Grades 7 and up
– 8am-5pm

Desert Theatreworks’ KidsWorks Summer Musical Theatre Camp Program offers three choices of 2-week performing arts summer camp for grades 1-8 and extended leadership opportunities for High School Students. Every summer students learn singing, dancing, and acting or technical theatre and be a part of a staged musical production.

Desert Sands Unified Students grades 1-8 can attend for FREE
through the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP). All you need is your student’s name, school, grade and student ID number. Please note *George Washington Charter School is not included in the DSUSD funding for this program and is not eligible for FREE tuition.

*Students from surrounding districts can attend our 2 week camp for $600.


Register Here!
May 3rd, 2024


Experience the heart-pounding intensity of Laura Jacqmin's "Airborne," where emotions soar as high as the stakes. Dive into the whimsical wonder of Marco Ramirez's "Chester, Who Painted The World Purple," a tale of imagination and creativity that knows no bounds. Then, buckle up for the riotous laughter of Ian McWethy's "Appropriate Audience Behavior," a hilarious exploration of the do's and don'ts of theater etiquette. Finally, brace yourself for the wild ride of Tess Barker's "Showdown at Palm Tree Pines," where the dusty streets of the old west come alive with drama and intrigue. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of diverse and captivating storytelling.

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May 4th, 2024

Thorton Wilder's OUR TOWN: An Interactive Staged Reading

Embark on a journey through time with imaginative presentation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Our Town: An Interactive Staged Reading." Immerse yourself in the intimate atmosphere of this unique theatrical experience as the lines between audience and actors blur, inviting you to become an integral part of Grover's Corners' rich tapestry of life. Delve into the universal themes of love, loss, and the beauty of everyday existence in a way you've never imagined before. Join us for a night of unforgettable storytelling that will touch your heart and leave you pondering the profound meaning of life.

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May 5th, 2024


Join us for a thrilling musical journey through the heart of Broadway as our talented DTW actors take center stage to deliver show-stopping performances of the greatest hits from the stage. From beloved classics to modern showstoppers, each song brings to life the drama, passion, and excitement of the theater. Don't miss your chance to be swept away by the extraordinary talent and infectious energy of DTW's finest performers.

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