2017-2018 SEASONPalm Springs, CA
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Main Stage Season

ANNENBERG THEATER

The Coyote StageWorks season opens with a performance of Dirty Blonde for nine performances, running February 2 – 11, 2018. This will be followed by the production The Cocktail Hour, running March 23 - April 1 for nine performances.

Dirty Blonde

Dirty Blonde (A Play with Music)

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By Claudia Shear
Original score by Bob Stillman
February 2 thru 11 (9 performances)

Winner! 2000 Theatre World Award
Nominee! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Play
Nominee! 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play

A funny, bawdy New York hit with dream roles for actors, Dirty Blonde combines transformation and drama with a fabulous dollop of show biz magic. "Hands down the best new American play of the season...Take off your hats, boys Mae West is back on Broadway...in a compact Rolls Royce of a vehicle...written by Claudia Shear...This is no evening of mere impersonation.... Dirty Blonde is a multilayered study of the nature of stardom, as experienced by one of its avatars and two adoring fans. Shaped with remarkable fluidity and inventiveness, Dirty Blonde presents one of the canniest portraits on record of that floating dialogue between icons and idolizers that remains so much a part of American culture...Ms. Shear finds the enduring substance in the smoke and mirrors of one actress's stardom, allowing Mae West to shock and delight once again." - The New York Times

The Cocktail Hour

The Cocktail Hour

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By A.R. Gurney
March 23 thru April 1 (9 performances)

THE STORY: The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play, which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized by an alien future, the ties which bind them do prevail—surmounting disputes and disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness." —NY Post. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.