Provincetown, Mass., is considered one of the best known gay summer resorts on the East Coast—think of it as the Palm Springs of Manhattan. And it’s our starting point for this latest production from the Coachella Valley Repertory, Drama to Drag: Provincetown History meets Palm Springs Future. The show tells the story of the various playwrights (think Eugene O’Neil, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller) who wrote some of America’s most famous plays while spending their summers in Provincetown. Naturally, we’ve gotta spice things up a bit so the evening’s entertainment will get some help from local drag troupe Les Originals, live performances from The Kinsey Sicks, one of Provincetown’s most successful—and outrageous—acts and Broadway singer-actor Danny Gurwin, who will be handling the hosting and narrating duties. But why focus on Provincetown? “It was the birthplace of many significant plays, most of which were unknown until they hit the New York stage,” says Drama to Drag creator and director Ron Celona. The show also serves as a fundraiser for the AIDS Assistance Program and Coachella Valley Repertory, so you’ll be assured that this evening of sensational entertainment comes fully equipped with charity in mind—and the goal of closing the gap between two legendary communities with so many differences—and so much in common. (Matt Tapia)
Drama to Drag: Provincetown History meets Palm Springs Future at Hotel Zoso, Main Ballroom, 150 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-8481; www.cvrep.org. Cocktail reception 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM. $25-$75 per person.