Joshua Tree Summer Theatre Under the Stars takes top 2021 BROADWAY WORLD Palm Springs Regional Theatre Awards
High desert event’s inaugural season garners Best Direction, Best Play, Best Supporting Performer honors
Having kick-started the return of live entertainment in Greater Palm Springs last summer with its inaugural run at Wind Walkers Medicine Wheel, Joshua Tree Summer Theatre Under the Stars has capped its critical acclaim with three honors in the 2021 Broadway World Palm Springs Regional Theatre Awards.
The national online theatre publication has awarded two of the event’s four plays in these categories:
Best Direction of a Play — Miri Hunter, SHAKESPEARE IN REVUE
Best Play — EYELESS IN COLONUS
Best Supporting Performer in a Play — Mackenzie Naylor, EYELESS IN COLONUS
High desert-based director, writer and performer Miri Hunter conceived as well as directed SHAKESPEARE IN REVUE, which finds four struggling wordsmiths — Frances Beaumont, Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare — meeting in a saloon, sharing their aspirations to become the world’s best playwright.
“It is truly an honor to receive the Best Direction acknowledgement/award for my theatre work,” said Hunter, who is also the producing/artistic director of Thought Theatre Morongo Basin and co-founder and co-producer of the annual Hi-Desert Fringe Festival in Wonder Valley. “I want to thank my amazing cast, who were also nominated for their performances: Nathan Bosworth, Kurt A. Schauppner, Kevin Hayles and Chalise Kunz. My special thanks to Abe Daniels for producing Joshua Tree Summer Theatre Under the Stars and to Broadway World for recognizing the work of the Hi-Desert theatre community.”