The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s LGBTQIA stage company, will present a revival of last summer’s smash hit comedy, PARTY by David Dillon, opening Friday, June 23, 2017 for a six-week run. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through July 30, 2017.
The wildly popular comedy depicts a group of gay men getting together for their monthly evening of drinks and games. Tonite, the game is a gay version of “Truth or Dare” called "Fact, Fiction or Fantasy". True life stories are shared, fictional encounters related and fantasies often require the player to remove his clothing. By the end of the evening, everyone is nude, singing and laughing together in a great show of brotherhood. Playwright Dillon says, “PARTY is not about flesh, but celebrates the fact that, as a group, we are positive and honest about our sexuality and free from a lot of the inhibitions and hang ups that exist in other groups."
The play opened for a five-week run in Chicago that turned into a two-year engagement, followed by a hugely successful Off-Broadway production and subsequent productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, London, Ft. Lauderdale, etc. As a member of the original cast stated, “They come for the nudity, but come again because it is such a funny, positive and affirming event. We’ve had gay men, straight couples, bachelorette parties, and all sorts of people in the audience and everyone has a great time!”
Last year’s DRP production was a huge success. DRP Artistic Director Jim Strait is thrilled that many of the actors in last season’s show can reprise their roles in this year’s revival, joined by a couple of actors who have recently made very positive impressions on Playhouse audiences.
PARTY stars Desert Rose Playhouse company members Miguel Arballo, David Boyd, Samuel Frank, Jason Hull, Allan Jensen, Kam Sisco and Robbie Wayne. Jim Strait designs and directs the production with award-winning Phil Murphy designing the lighting and Paul Taylor costuming.
This production is recommended for mature audiences due to nudity and sexual situations.