desert in

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Do anything to keep love safe.

A groundbreaking new eight-part series, desert in brings an operatic, episodic story of love, loss and redemption in a strange, run-down motel in the American West. Developed by 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid (“p r i s m”), playwright christopher oscar peña, and film and opera director James Darrah, who brought cinematic flair to 2017’s production of The Threepenny Opera.

This series contains strong language, some nudity and strong sexual content.

To learn more about the artists, please visit blo.org/desert-in

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  • FIRST LOOK: desert in

    Do anything to keep love safe.

    Lost souls are found, love is rekindled, and secrets are exposed at a mysterious motor lodge in the American West. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, playwright christopher oscar peña, and director James Darrah, desert in is a groundbreaking, ...

  • desert in Episode 1: "This House is Now"

    Cass and Sunny, innkeepers at a remote motor lodge called Desert Inn, are on the verge of a milestone anniversary. New guests Ion and Rufus are celebrating their honeymoon, but their love story is lined with tragedy. Ion must play by the innkeepers’ rules – and pay up — to continue seeing his hus...

  • desert in Episode 2: "Love is Like the Sea"

    Dusk brings mandatory happy hour for all Desert Inn guests. The music and dancing celebrates all shapes of love — and the party goes way beyond curfew. It’s all great fun… until Rufus accuses Ion of forgetting their past. Tensions boil over before Federico comes to save the party.

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  • desert in Episode 3: “Someday you’ll know…they’re calling to you too”

    Ion struggles to understand what’s really going on at the Inn. The motel guests attend a ritual of sacrifice, and the high cost of keeping memories alive is uncovered.

    This series contains strong language, some nudity and strong sexual content.

    Lost souls are found, love is rekindled, and secre...

  • desert in Episode 4: "A Single Man"

    After a guest’s mysterious disappearance, Ion and Federico are tasked with clearing out their room–and their memories. Ion discovers new feelings for Federico and learns how old memories are kept alive at the Inn. An after-hours swim forces Ion to remember a past trauma.

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  • desert in Episode 5: “i miss you more than I remember you”

    Federico, flush with new feelings, lies when Cass asks if Ion is a threat. The betrayal generates a powerful charge that shorts out the Desert Inn sign. Meanwhile, Sunny shows signs of forgetting people from her past.

    This series contains strong language, some nudity and strong sexual content.

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  • desert in Episode 6: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

    Sunny’s memories continue to fade, and Federico tries to remind her of their shared past. She refuses to believe until she dives into the roiling pool and emerges with disturbing new insights on her beloved Cass.

    This series contains strong language, some nudity and strong sexual content.

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  • desert in Episode 7: “The Sun Also Rises”

    Sunny confronts Cass for lying about the past and changing their future. Tension and anger build throughout the Desert Inn. Federico tells Ion the truth about why he’s there, and encourages him to leave for his own safety. Cass finds Sunny’s wedding ring in an unexpected place, and things begin t...

  • desert in Episode 8: “Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us”

    With Cass’s secrets revealed, and the Inn seemingly in collapse, Federico releases Ion and locks himself in a room. With a plan to free everyone, Ion tells Cass she can stop the destruction she caused and start over. Instead, Cass remains with her memories, determined to rebuild and carry on unti...