CVRep Playhouse 2019-2020 Season

Dear Theatre Lovers,

Now entering our eleventh season, following the highly-anticipated opening of the new CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City, we announce our upcoming 2019-2020 Season consisting of three riveting and entertaining plays and one musical with the common theme of “New Beginnings”.

It’s tough to start over. That much is true when moving forward means leaving the past. This is certainly true for CVRep this last season. With a new building, additional staff members, new expenses and many new responsibilities we are definitely in a new beginnings phase of our history. Our 2019-2020 theme, “New Beginnings” has a different connotation for each person and situation. This coming season we will explore what that means in four different stories penned by some of America’s great playwrights. Although each story is quite different from the others, they all deal with the relationship between spouses, friends, family members, neighbors and strangers past and present. It is my pleasure to present yet another season of riveting and entertaining theatre at the new CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City.
– Ron Celona
Founding Artistic Director

2019-2020 Season
“New Beginnings”
DINNER WITH FRIENDS by Donald Margulies
November 6 – November 24, 2019
The complexities of marriage and friendship are examined with wit and intelligence in Dinner with Friends, Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1998 play about two married couples who have been friends for many years. As both couples struggle with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment in this deliciously funny, sharply observed drama, the ultimate question is posed – If Gabe and Karen didn’t really know Beth and Tom as well as they assumed…do they really know each other? The willingness or unwillingness to engage in this re-evaluation is the heart and spirit of the play.

*WINNER of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize.

BALLROOM Book by Jerome Kass, Score by Billy Goldenberg,
Lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman
January 29 – February 16, 2020
The delightfully humane and moving Broadway production was developed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Bennett, co-creator of A Chorus Line. Based on the CBS television movie The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom which starred Maureen Stapleton as aging widow Bea Asher who, having lost her beloved Morrie, begins life anew at the Stardust Ballroom, an old school Brooklyn dance palace.

*WINNER of the 1979 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Choreography
*NOMINEE – 1979 11 Tony Awards (All major categories), 7 Drama Desk Awards

March 11th – 29, 2020
In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other…where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she’s spent her whole life fighting for.

*NOMINEE – 2015 2 Lucille Lortel Awards
*NOMINEE – 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Play
*NOMINEE – 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Play

NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias
April 22 – May 10, 2020
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

“A lighthearted comedy with some heavier threads woven through for just the right amount of heft.” – Broadway World

“A comedy planted in difficult, painful issues.” – Chicago Tribune
Subscriptions go on sale soon!
See below for Subscription Sale Dates
Donate Now to our Annual Campaign!

Current sponsors and donors receive first choice for new season subscriptions.
Listed below are subscription sale dates for all levels. As a donor to the Annual Campaign, you will also be recognized in the coming season’s “Curtain Time” program, and included on our Donor Wall (Understudy level and above.) Please don’t delay!
Call now to make your donation to be eligible.

Starting Tuesday, May 28, all Executive Producer, Producer, and Associate Producer level donors of $10,000 or more may begin ordering their subscriptions.

Starting Monday, June 3, all Director level donors of $5,000-$9,999 may begin ordering their subscriptions.

Starting Thursday, June 6 all Leading Role and Supporting Role level donors of $1,000-$4,999 may begin ordering their subscriptions.

Starting Tuesday, June 11 all Understudy level donors of $250-$999 may begin ordering their subscriptions.

Starting Monday, June 17, all Friends of CVRep – people who have made a donation of $50-$249 from July 2018-present may begin ordering their subscriptions.

Starting Monday, June 24, subscriptions go on sale to all other returning 2018-2019 Subscribers.

Starting Friday, June 28, subscriptions go on sale to the general public.

Please call or email Barbara Wolser, Development Director
to make a donation to assist CVRep or increase your level, with our annual operating campaign, or to check on your donor level.
760-296-2966 x103 |

For all inquiries about subscription packages and seating,
please contact the Box Office.
760-296-2966 x2 |
CVRep 2019-2020 Subscription Series
Performances are Tuesday through Sunday
7:30 PM Evening Shows | 2:00 PM Matinees (Saturdays & Sundays)
All plays have 3-week runs and will take place at the new
CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City.

When choosing your subscription package, first pick the day of the week, and then which week of performance you want to attend. You must choose the same day of the week and same week of performance (1st, 2nd or 3rd) for all plays; that is how we ensure you get the same seats for each play! The dates of each package are listed next to the subscription number.
(For example, if you want to attend Opening Nights, that package number is D1
and the dates are 11/8, 1/31, 3/13 and 4/24.)
Series A: Tuesdays – 7:30pm
A2) 2nd Week – Nov. 12 / Feb. 4 / Mar. 17 / Apr. 28
A3) 3rd Week – Nov. 19 / Feb. 11 / Mar. 24 / May 5

Series B: Wednesdays – 7:30pm
B1) 1st Week – Preview Night* (see Special Pricing)
Nov. 6 / Jan. 29 / Mar. 11 / Apr. 22
B2) 2nd Week – Nov. 13 / Feb. 5 / Mar. 18 / Apr. 29
B3) 3rd Week – Nov. 20 / Feb. 12 / Mar. 25 / May 6

Series C: Thursdays – 7:30pm
C1) 1st Week – Preview Night* (see Special Pricing)
Nov. 7 / Jan. 30 / Mar. 12 / Apr. 23
C2) 2nd Week – Talk Back Thursday
Nov. 14 / Feb. 6 / Mar. 19 / Apr. 30
C3) 3rd Week – Talk Back Thursday
Nov. 21 / Feb. 13 / Mar. 26 / May 7
The Actors will stay after the show for an open discussion on Talk Back Thursdays.

Series D: Fridays – 7:30pm
(see Special Pricing)
Nov. 8 / Jan. 31 / Mar. 13 / Apr. 24
D2) 2nd Week – Nov. 15 / Feb. 7 / Mar. 20 / May 1
D3) 3rd Week – Nov. 22 / Feb. 14 / Mar. 27 / May 8

Series E: Saturday Matinees – 2:00pm
DATES: *see Special Pricing
E1) 1st Week – Nov. 9 / Feb. 1 / Mar. 14 / Apr. 25
E2) 2nd Week – Nov. 16 / Feb. 8 / Mar. 21 / May 2
E3) 3rd Week – Nov. 23 / Feb. 15 / Mar. 28 / May 9

Series F: Saturdays – 7:30pm
F1) 1st Week – Nov. 9 / Feb. 1 / Mar. 14 / Apr. 25
F2) 2ndWeek – Nov. 16 / Feb. 8 / Mar. 21 / May 2
F3) 3rd Week – Nov. 23 / Feb. 15 / Mar. 28 / May 9

Series G: Sunday Matinees – 2:00pm
G1) 1st Week – Nov. 10 / Feb. 2 / Mar. 15 / Apr. 26
G2) 2nd Week – Nov. 17 / Feb. 9 / Mar. 22 / May 3
G3) 3rd Week – Nov. 24 / Feb. 16 / Mar. 29 / May 10

Series X: FLEX
If you can’t commit to always coming on the same day and week, a Flex Subscription gives you the subscription rate savings, but with the flexibility to choose your performances at a later date. Flex subscriptions are limited, so you can sign-up now to ensure you receive the subscription rate, and choose your dates after Sept. 4, 2019.

* Savings of up to $5 per ticket over individual show pricing
…(Previews and Saturday Matinees save $3 per ticket)
* Advanced ticketing
* Priority seating
* Free ticket exchange for same play
…(exchanges must be made at least 48 hours prior to performance)
* Advance notice of upcoming events

3 Play Subscription $171.50 All 4 Plays $227

*Preview Nights (B1-1st Wednesday, C1-1st Thursday)
*Saturday Matinees (E1, E2, E3)
3 Play Subscription $147.50 All 4 Plays $195

** Opening Night (D1-1st Friday)
Play with Post-Performance Reception
3 Play Subscription $201.50 All 4 Plays $267

All Subscription Prices include $2.50 per ticket handling fee
CVRep Playhouse
68510 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Box Office Hours:
Saturday, May 18, 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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