Desert Rats at The Los Angeles Theatre Center

The U.S. premiere of dark comedy about a kidnapping gone awry.
By: Latino Theater Company
Desert-Rats at LATC
Desert-Rats at LATC
LOS ANGELES - Oct. 14, 2018 - PRLog -- The Latino Theatre Company presents the U.S premiere of Desert Rats by Nate Rufus Edelman. Angie Scott directs this dark comedy about life and crime in America's contemporary West for an Oct. 27 opening at downtown's The Los Angeles Theatre Center, where performances will continue through Nov. 18. Two low-priced previews take place on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

A plan by two brothers to kidnap a Calabasas teenager for ransom comes to fruition in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun.

Desert Rats received its world premiere at the Arts Theatre on London's West End.

"I wanted to write a noirish crime story that shows two sides of L.A.," says Edelman. "The brothers are based on people I grew up with in a rough East L.A. neighborhood. But in L.A., even those who seem to have everything can be totally screwed up. In the play, the brothers have each other, but Amber only has money. As in the noir stories I grew up reading, the characters lose everything because they have no control over the world they live in."

Edelman is a founding members of The Temblers, a collective of seven diverse and acclaimed Los Angeles-based playwrights based at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the auspices of the Latino Theater Company. His other plays include The Belle of Belfast, which was the recipient of numerous L.A. Weekly and Ovation nominations when it premiered at EST/LA and was a New York Times "critic's pick" when it was produced by Irish Repertory in New York City; Bright Light City, which premiered at the LATC; Blind Struck; Ugly Luck; and Another Fine Mess. He received his MFA in dramatic writing from NYU. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation.

The Latino Theater Company is dedicated to providing a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; and a place where the convergence of people, cultures and ideas contribute to the future. Now in its 32nd year, LTC has operated The Los Angeles Theatre Center, a landmark building in Downtown's Historic Core, since 2006.

Desert Rats opens on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., with performances taking place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Nov. 18 (dark Thursday, Nov. 8). There will also be one additional performance on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., and two preview performances, on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $24$60. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Parking is available for $5 with box office validation at Joe's Thursday Parking structure, 530 S. Spring St. (immediately south of the theater). For more information and to purchase tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or go to

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