Desert Rose Playhouse To Hold 2014-15 Season Auditions

Desert Rose Productions, Inc., the Coachella Valley’s stage company serving LGBT and Gay-Friendly residents and visitors, announces open auditions for the 2014/15 Season of productions. Auditions will be held from Noon – 4 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the company’s performance venue, The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69-620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, 92270.

The 2014-15 Season includes the Brian Christopher William’s memory play Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, a madcap English Music Hall version of A Christmas Carol Scrooge In Rouge, and Terrance McNally’s Tony Award winning comedy/drama Love! Valour! Compassion!,   Also scheduled is the Charles Busch outrageously comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns The Divine Sister, and the sexy Hollywood satire The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane.

All Auditioners should bring a headshot and resume to the open auditions. Auditioners should prepare a one-minute monologue and a short English Music Hall song if you want to be considered for SCROOGE IN ROUGE. Script readings will be at callbacks only. For more information and character breakdowns for the planned productions, go to


Style icon’s art collection benefits Desert AIDS Project at Gallery 446 in Palm Springs

When Steve Chase was honored by Desert AIDS Project at “A Valentine’s Gala” in 1993, along with former first lady Betty Ford and McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc, the program for the evening noted;

Steve’s intense interest in art has generated a significant collection of contemporary art, displayed in his private residences and Rancho Mirage office. While his collection contains museum quality works, he constantly acknowledges and seeks out work by young and upcoming artists. He is a supporter of art scholarships … and major contributions from his collection have been made to the Desert Museum in Palm Springs.

When the award-winning interior designer created his own 7,000-square-foot home in the desert, Chase made sure the living room was large enough to display his 17-foot-wide painting by Helen Frankenthaler, along with other massive works of modern art. Chase designed interiors and helped choose artwork for homes around the world of celebrity clients like Dyan Cannon, Farrah Fawcett, Gene Hackman, Johnny Mathis, and a variety of others. Right here in the Coachella Valley, clients like Helene Galen not only counted Chase as the talented professional who designed her home’s interiors but also as a friend. Involved with Desert AIDS Project from its earliest days, Chase was a long-time volunteer, donor, and board member. He knew that one of his clients had already made gifts totaling more than $5 million to support AIDS research and provide care through her Joan B. Kroc Foundation. Working closely with Mrs. Kroc, Chase helped make possible her major gift that created the first medical clinic at Desert AIDS Project. Following his death in 1994, many in the community rallied together the very next year to create the First Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala, to benefit D.A.P. Twenty years later, the event has grown to become one of the highlights of the Palm Springs social season. Honoring major HIV/AIDS activists from science and medicine, as well as stars of stage and screen, “the Steve Chase” attracts 1500 or more attendees from across the country and has grossed well over $1 million for the last several years. Now, Chase is helping to contribute to D.A.P. once again through the Steve Chase Associates Art Collection. Gil Rose, a long-time member of D.A.P.’s Partners for Life annual giving program, along with Stan Russell. Rose, who is also D.A.P.’s Volunteer Curator of Art & Collectibles, said “This is everyone’s opportunity to purchase artwork from the D.A.P. Archival Collection, including the Chase Collection and works from a variety of other artists.”

Dimitri Halkidis, who regularly offers his talents as a photographer on a pro bono basis, has made his Gallery 446, at 446 S. Indian Canyon Drive, available for showing this art collection. Following an opening reception on July 5, “The HeART of Giving”, the collection will be on display until August 31.