Hi-Desert Cultural Center Well Represented at Desert Theatre League Awards

by Jacob Coakley
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The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s award-winning cast and crew of Moon Over Buffalo: Justin Dilling, Joy Groves, Dave Jessup, Wendy Cohen, Jarrod Radnich, Marge Doyle, Richie Sande, and Howard Cohen.  Not pictured: Analisa Pilecki, Scott Cutler, Hanna Mohn, Heather Anderson and Joshua Schmid.The Hi-Desert Cultural Center won the most awards in Morongo Basin at the 2014 Desert Theatre League Desert Star Awards, most of which for its production of Moon Over Buffalo.

Hi-Desert Cultural Center Receives Top Honors at Desert Theatre League Awards

JOSHUA TREE, CA — Garnering the most awards in the Morongo Basin at the 2014 Desert Theatre League Desert Star Awards ceremony, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center received top honors among regional theaters for its blockbuster theatrical production of Moon Over Buffalo — also the highest nominated production in the Hi-Desert. Taking the theatrical comedy category by storm, the Center’s five Desert Star Award-winners are Wendy Cohen and Marge Doyle who shared “Outstanding Director”, Analisa Pilecki for “Outstanding Supporting Actress”, Richie Sande for “Outstanding Supporting Actor” and the entire cast and crew — that also included actors Joy Groves, Howard Cohen, Scott Cutler, Wendy Cohen, Dave Jessup, Hanna Mohn, and crew members Heather Anderson, Joshua Schmid, and Justin Dilling — for the prestigious award of “Outstanding Production” received by the Cultural Center in that same category.

“This was our first adjudicated production since recently rejoining the Desert Theatre League, and it’s great to once again be a part of this vibrant performing arts organization,” stated Cultural Center President, Jarrod Radnich.  “We’ve been honored with many awards in the past, and having this production continue the Center’s long award history is a true testament to the exceptional quality and professionalism of our ongoing productions and the dedication of all involved.”

For more information about the Desert Theatre League, visit www.deserttheatreleague.org.  For more information about the Hi-Desert Cultural Center visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org.

Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a non-profit educational and cultural arts center operating since 1964.  The mission of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center is to operate a Cultural Center that provides venues, support facilities, funding, promotion, leadership, innovation, education, and other resources for programs and productions whose focus is on the aesthetic arts – including dramatic, musical, visual, and other forms of artistic expression.  See www.hidesertculturalcenter.org

Desert Theatre League (DTL) is a non-profit public benefit corporation founded in 1987 with the mission of supporting and cultivating theatre in the Coachella Valley. The DTL now boasts thirty-one Producing Members and thirty-three Individual Members. Producing Members include professional and non-professional theatre companies, educational theatres and dance companies. Individual Members include area artists and others interested in furthering quality theatrical entertainment.