Charles Evered Play Premieres in Joshua Tree

“An Actor’s Carol” to be performed Dec. 4-12 in Joshua Tree

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – “An Actor’s Carol,” a new play by UC Riverside professor of playwriting Charles Evered, will be performed at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree this December. Evered will direct the production; the play will run from Dec. 4-12. Tickets are available for purchase online.

"An Actor's Carol," is written and directed by Charles Evered.

“An Actor’s Carol,” is written and directed by Charles Evered.

The Hi-Desert Cultural Center has been recognized by the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times as the “new bohemia” and “mecca” for the arts. It’s become the performing arts center of the Morongo Basin and is said to provide the desert’s best in professional live entertainment, according to Evered, who has been a part-time resident of Joshua Tree for several years.

“An Actor’s Carol” tells the story of Hugh Pendleton, an actor who has played the role of Scrooge one too many times and is visited by three spirits of his own after a particularly humiliating performance. The play is a take on Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Evered said he wrote the play because of his great affection toward the original material, and toward the actors who perform it every holiday season.

“I love ‘A Christmas Carol,’ but I’ve always wondered what it’s like for an actor who has to play that role night in and night out, and might not exactly be in a holiday frame of mind,” Evered explained. “It’s a loving, somewhat harsh take on the oft- performed holiday classic.”

A cast of four actors play the 17 characters, including Tony and Emmy Award- winning actor Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”), and TV actor Barry Cutler (“Deuce Bigelow”), who will split the performances. The cast also includes Kirk Geiger, Noelle Geiger, and Ben Atkinson. The set design is by internationally recognized Haibo Yu, professor of production and design in the UCR Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production.

Evered’s work has been published and performed all over the world. He has written for the hit series “Monk,” starring Tony Shalhoub, as well as for major studios such as Dreamworks and Paramount. He directed the feature films “Adopt a Sailor,” starring Emmy winners Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote, as well as “A Thousand Cuts,” which starred Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe and was nominated for a Saturn Award.

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