World Premiere Production Of "The King of the Desert (El Rey del Desierto)"
A Boy, A Barrio, A Dream...
Hollywood, CA – CoActive Content has announced that the production company's World Premiere of "The King of the Desert (El Rey del Desierto)," a new play by Stacey Martino, performed by actor René Rivera, and directed by Valentino Ferreira, will be extended. Tracy Lane, a Co-Producer for the show said: "Due to production's critical acclaim and the increased demand for tickets to see the show, we will be expanding the performance schedule and extending the run."
Performances will now be given on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. through June 13, 2010, with the exceptions of Saturday and Sunday May 29th and 30th when no performances will be given in observance of Memorial Day Weekend.
The play depicts a Mexican American boy's journey of self-discovery through adulthood and the realization of his dreams. The play is being presented on The Chaplin Stage at the El Centro Theatre; 804 N. El Centro Avenue (between Gower Street and Vine Street, just north of Melrose Avenue); Hollywood, CA 90038.
Ten percent of the proceeds from the run of the show will benefit The National Latino Children's Institute headquartered in San Antonio, TX, which focuses attention on issues and challenges facing young Latinos by assisting communities in finding solutions. An exhibit of Los Milagros provided from children from The National Latino Children's Institute will be on display at all performances. The Milagros Exhibit is designed to provide a forum for the voices of children. The word "Milagros," or miracle, represents an ancient tradition of hanging small photos, symbols and supplications in the churches of Latin America. Children design and create artistic messages about their wishes, dreams or desires. The National Latino Children's Institute has received over 15,000 children's messages since 1996. The Milagros are exhibited at conferences and special events around the country.
Tickets for performances of "The King of the Desert (El Rey del Desierto)" are $15.00 each for General Admission. Tickets for Students, Seniors and Guild Members are $10 each. The running time of the play is approximately 80 minutes without intermission. For reservations and further information please call the Box Office at 323-960-5774 or buy online at www.plays411.com/kingofthedesert. Parking will be available for $5 at the intersection of North Gower Street and Waring Avenue at a Paramount Pictures garage, within a five-minute walk to the El Centro Theatre. Street parking is also available in the vicinity.
Five Out of Five Stars: "Astouding...electric...passionate...luminous...riveting....fast paced direction...smooth...focused...evocative...a winner...bravo!" – Don Grigware, www.BroadwayWorld.com
Four Out of Four Stars: "Impassioned one-man show...played out vividly and powerfully...Rene Rivera's solo performance is one of the best I've ever seen!" – Willard Manus, www.TotalTheater.com
"An inspiring and intense story with one extraordinary actor...I was speechless!" – Andrea Carrión, Hoy LA, Los Angeles Times Media Group
"An amazing tour de force performance...written to perfection...a compelling sense of urgency dominates the storytelling...a spectacular play...an extraordinary, fresh theatre experience directed with exuberance!" – Bea Wolff, The Tolucan Times
"Great flow and liveliness...astounding...Rene Rivera shifts effortlessly from one character to the next...so well done...totally spellbinding!" – Ximena Herschberg, Campus Circle
FROM DIRECTOR MARK RYDELL
"I am drunk with this play...I am so moved...true and powerful...Stacey Martino's writing is like poetry...Valentino Ferreira's direction is spot on...Rene Rivera's acting is absolutelly brilliant!" – Mark Rydell, Co-Artistic Director, The Actors Studio West; Academy Award and Golden Globe Award Nominated Director
FROM ACTRESS SALLY KELLERMAN
"One of the best shows I've seen in a long time...a unique, captivating and special evening in the theatre!" – Sally Kellerman, Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominated Actress
FROM ACTRESS/DIRECTOR BARBARA BAIN
"I need six new words to describe this work...Rene Rivera is king of the stage!" – Barbara Bain, Golden Globe Nominated and Three Time Emmy Award Winning Actress
FROM ACTRESS FRANCES FISHER
"Transcedent experience...Rene Rivera is incredible...stunning...this is what theatre is all about!" – Frances Fisher, New York Drama Desk Award Winning Actress
FROM ACTOR JOHN RUBINSTEIN
"Powerful, riveting, heartfelt, funny, literate and eye opening...a deeply human and affecting story...smooth direction, skillful writing and vituoso acting!" – John Rubinstein, Tony, New York Drama Critics, Theatre World and Los Angeles Drama Critics Award Winning Actor
FROM ACTOR, SCREENWRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER DANIEL DeWELDON
"Rene Rivera's performance and Stacey Martino's writing in "The King of the Desert" is an examination in goliness and Valentino Ferriera's direction exposes it in full light!" – Daniel DeWeldon, Actor, Screenwriter, Director and Producer
FROM ACTOR JIM ANTONIO
"This show is a must see!" – Jim Antonio, The Actors Studio