amargosa

While driving across the country in the 1960’s, dancer and artist Marta Beckett and her husband Tom Williams, got a flat tire in Death Valley Junction (pop. 10, nearest town 30 miles). During the hour it took to fix the flat, Marta and Tom decided to lease an old theatre and settle in town. Marta has resided in this isolated desert town ever since—restoring the theatre, composing, creating, and performing. Marta, now well into her 70’s, performs regularly at the Amargosa Opera House, every inch of it covered with murals from her own imagination. This story of the passion of one individual is at times amazing and always entertaining. [us, 1999]