World-renowned actor Miles Anderson to star in benefit reading for Joshua Tree Veterans’ Residency at Melissa Morgan Fine Art

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — Film and theater actor, Miles Anderson, (La La Land, the original House of Cards, Eastenders, Macbeth with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Olivier Award nomination in Life is a Dream) will be starring in a dramatic reading of the comedic play An Actor’s Carol by playwright, director, and screenwriter, Charles Evered, presented on Friday, December 22nd at 5:30 pm and sponsored by Melissa Morgan Fine Art.
An Actor’s Carol tells the story of Hugh Pendleton, a cranky veteran actor who is sick and tired of playing Scrooge every holiday, subsequently suffers a nervous breakdown, and is visited by three ghosts of his own. The adaptation is a loving send up of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.  The play premiered in December 2015 at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree, and opened with Tony winner Hal Linden (Barney Miller) starring as Scrooge.  It was nominated for eight Desert Theatre League Star Awards, with Evered winning the Bill Groves Award for Outstanding Original Writing.
Mr. Anderson will be supported by a talented ensemble of actors playing seventeen roles between them, Wendy Rolfe Evered, (Just Shoot Me), Kirk Geiger, (Sordid Lives, world premier of An Actor’s Carol) and Marty James, (The Fall Guy). The play will be directed by Noelle Geiger, who was also a member of the ensemble in the play’s world premier.  
The reading is a benefit for the CHARLES J. EVERED HOUSE, an artist residency for veterans and those who serve in conflict zones, named for the father of the playwright who was a WWII Veteran.  The “CJE House” is situated near the Joshua Tree National Park and is the newest program division of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, the region’s premier tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization for almost 60 years.  All proceeds raised during this event will go toward the CJE House program and are tax deductible. 
Admission is free, although donations are highly appreciated, and light refreshments will be served. 
Melissa Morgan Fine Art is located at 73040 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260.  For information, call: 760-341-1056 or go to:
For more information about the Charles J. Evered House or to make a donation please visit
To view a two minute introductory video about the CJE House, please click:
PHOTO CAPTION: World-renowned actor, Miles Anderson, will star in a free benefit reading for Joshua Tree Veterans’ Residency at Melissa Morgan Fine Art on El Paseo December 22 at 5:30pm.
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a 50+ year non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that serves as the regional performing and visual arts organization for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park.  The Cultural Center operates its own performance venues and produces award-winning professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  It operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:

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