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August 19, 2018





A play written by Charles Evered.

Come join us for a dramatic reading of Charles Evered’s witty award-winning play, ADOPT A SAILOR, being produced as a fundraiser for The Charles J. Evered House, whose mission is to provide a safe and secure artistic residency that facilitates the creativity of veterans and those who serve in conflict zones. The “CJE House” is a program division of Hi-Desert Cultural Center. The residency is named after the playwright’s father, who served in World War II, Army Air Corps.

Adopt a Sailor tells the story of a dysfunctional, sophisticated New York couple, who inadvertently adopt a sailor—during Fleet Week— and in the course of one evening, these three very different people become a kind of surrogate family.

“Evered’s razor sharp wit and dialogue help to illuminate this tale of the meeting of a young sailor from Arkansas who typifies navy core values: ‘Honor, Courage and Commitment,’ with a sophisticated couple from New York City who hold their own, no less legitimate and equally heartfelt set of values. Charles Evered makes the grade in bringing both of these worlds together and reminding us that in a country so often split down the middle both politically and culturally, the truth is that all of us have more in common than we ever imagined.” -Christopher Scholl, Commander, United States Navy.

One performance only!


Charles Evered, Writer

Charles is an American-born playwright, screenwriter and film director. Born in New Jersey, he took his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Newark and an MFA from Yale University, where he studied with director George Roy Hill. Mr. Evered has won several awards for his writing including The Crawford Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, the Edward Albee/William Flanagan Fellowship, the Bert Linder Fellowship and the Lucas Artist Fellowship at the Millay Colony.

His plays include Running Funny, (premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival featured Paul Giamatti), Billy and Dago, (Actor’s Studio—NYC) premiere featured Scott Cohen, The Size of the World, (Yale Repertory premiere featured Liev Schreiber, Circle Repertory Company—NYC premiere featured Rita Moreno and Frank Whaley, directed by Austin Pendleton), The Shoreham, (LA premiere featured Eric Stoltz), Adopt a Sailor, (Town Hall—NYC premiere featured Sam Waterston, Eli Wallach and Neil Patrick Harris), Celadine, (premiere featured Amy Irving) and Class, (premiere featured Thaao Penghlis and Heather Matarazzo.) His plays have been published by Broadway Play Publishing, Samuel French and Smith and Kraus among others. Additional plays include: Traces, Wilderness of Mirrors, Bridewell, Ted’s Head, Clouds Hill, Looking Again, (“Best Ten Minute Plays 2012”, Smith and Kraus) and Ten.

He has written screenplays and teleplays for studios such as Universal Pictures, NBC, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures. His produced film and television credits include an episode of Monk entitled “Mr. Monk and the Leper” for USA Network, starring Tony Shalhoub. Mr. Evered wrote and directed the feature film Adopt a Sailor, starring Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth. Adopt a Sailor was an official selection at more than twenty national and international film festivals, premiering on Showtime. In addition, he wrote and directed the short film Visiting, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. His second feature film as a director, A Thousand Cuts, starred Michael O’Keefe and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It was distributed by Kino Lorber. Mr. Evered’s most recent film, Out, starred Gloria LeRoy and had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. His play, Knock, Knock, premiered in London at Theatre503 in 2014. His newest play, An Actor’s Carol, which he directed, premiered in December 2015 starring Tony winner Hal Linden and was nominated for eight Desert League Awards, winning the Bill Groves Award for “Outstanding Original Writing.”

Mr. Evered is founder of the “Charles J. Evered House,” a non-profit artist residency for military veterans and those who serve in conflict zones located in the Hi Desert of Southern California, near Joshua Tree National Park. The house is named for his father, a veteran of World War II. Evered himself served in the United States Navy Reserve, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He is currently Professor of Playwriting at the University of California – Riverside, where he served as the founding artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets. In 2010 he formed a production company called Ordinance 14.


The Charles J. Evered House

CJE House is a program division of Hi-Desert Cultural Center whose mission is to facilitate the creativity of veterans and those who serve in conflict zones. The residence is located in the renowned artistic communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

The CJE House has brought together an impressive group of successful artists and supporters (Mentor Board) that have agreed to work with the residents in their chosen field, should they request such guidance. The Mentor Board has among its ranks best-selling authors, Emmy, Tony and other major award-winning working artists and related professionals that are willing to volunteer their time and mentor our residents.


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