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Calendar >  New Village Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary

New Village Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Announces 2021–22 Season with Two World Premieres 
 With its theatre renovation underway, NVA will be in residency at Oceanside Theatre Company for half the season

Carlsbad, CANew Village Arts (NVA), North County’s cultural hub, celebrates its 20th anniversary with the announcement of a season of plays that includes two world premieres, and a residency at Oceanside Theatre Company while the renovation of its home theatre in the heart of Carlsbad Village is completed.

The 20th Anniversary Season includes two world premieres, beginning in November 2021 with 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS, a new holiday musical written by prominent San Diego arts leader and playwright Dea Hurston and devised by Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, and Dea Hurston, centering on the family holiday experience in a humorous and touching way. The other world premiere, DESERT ROCK GARDEN, marks the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Japanese-American internment camps, telling the story of a young orphan and an older immigrant who forge a friendship in the Topaz Relocation Center during World War II. A co-production with Oceanside Theatre Company of a musical to be announced soon and the beloved classic SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN round out the season. 

Two of the four plays will be presented at Oceanside Theatre Company, where New Village Arts is in residence while its home theatre, at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad Village, is undergoing an extensive renovation funded by THE NEXT STAGE, a $2.5 million fundraising campaign with major support from The Conrad Prebys Foundation and The Sahm Family Foundation.

“What an honor and a thrill it is to announce our 20th Anniversary Season after this very long year and a half being away from our indoor home,” says Kristianne Kurner, founder and executive artistic director. “Like everyone else, we’ve spent the last year reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. For over 20 years, New Village Arts has been presenting theater that has surprised, entertained and enlivened our community. And our future is brighter than ever.”
Details, subscriptions and tickets: www.newvillagearts.org.

New Village Arts 20th Anniversary Season 2021–22


1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS

WORLD PREMIERE HOLIDAY MUSICAL

  • Previews: November 19–26, 2021 
  • Performances: November 27–December 26, 2021
  • Venue: New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad
  • Previews: November 19–26, 2021 
  • Performances: November 27–December 26, 2021
  • Venue: New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad
  • Written by Dea Hurston 
  • Created and Devised by Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, and Dea Hurston
  • Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
  • Original Music by Milena (Sellers) Phillips
  • Music Adaptation and Direction by John-Mark McGaha

Dorothy Black invites you to join her and her family for Christmas Eve at 1222 Oceanfront. The festive evening features all family traditions including an abundance of delicious food, dancing, skits, and the singing of new, original holiday songs mixed with reimagined carols. And lots of love, because it’s family. The evening may also include a bit of drama, because, well—it’s family. But seriously, how much drama can there be on Christmas Eve? 


DESERT ROCK GARDENWORLD PREMIERE PLAY

  • Previews: January 21–28, 2022 
  • Performances: January 29–February 20, 2022 
  • Venue: Oceanside Theatre Company, Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
  • Written by Roy Sekigahama
  • Directed by Albert Park

DESERT ROCK GARDEN is a fictionalized historical story of a young orphan and an older immigrant who forge a friendship in the Topaz Relocation Center during World War II. Originally produced as part of NVA’s Final Draft New Play Festival, DESERT ROCK GARDEN is an unforgettable story of persistence and the importance of art in the most difficult of times. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and California Civil Liberties, DESERT ROCK GARDEN will be presented during the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 1066, with which President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, now known as the Day of Remembrance.

MUSICAL TBA Co-production with Oceanside Theatre Company

  • Previews: March 18–25, 2022Performances: March 26–May 1, 2022 
  • Venue: Oceanside Theatre Company at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN CLASSIC MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Previews: May 6–13, 2022
  • Performances: May 14–June 26, 2022
  • Venue: Oceanside Theatre Company, Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
  • Written by Betty Comdon, Adolph Green, Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
  • Directed by AJ Knox

The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.

This season is about family,” says Kristianne Kurner. “It’s about the family you are born into as well as the family that you make. It’s about those people who you know will show up for you no matter what. The ones that help you get through the rough times and celebrate the good times.”

Performance Days and Times New this season!

  • Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets and Subscriptions Single tickets for the 2021–22 season range from $30–$59, or $27 for previews. Discounts are available for seniors, military, and students, and for groups of ten or more.

Season Passes for all four shows are $175.Details, season passes, and tickets: www.newvillagearts.org.

COVID Safety Protocols Audience safety is our primary concern. All NVA staff, performers, ushers, crew, and volunteers are fully vaccinated.  

Throughout this season all guests need to have a photo ID and either their physical CDC vaccination card, a picture of their vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record, until further notice. There must be at least 14 days elapsed from the date of the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Any unvaccinated person must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the performance date. Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, for all indoor performances, events and activities.

About New Village Arts Celebrating 20 years of award-winning professional theatre, thrilling and unique visual arts, and thriving education and outreach programs, New Village Arts (NVA) has truly become the cultural hub of North County San Diego.

NVA attracts more than 20,000 patrons each year to experience professional theatre, currently presented outdoors at The Flower Fields. In addition to full seasons of plays and musicals featuring some of the best artistic talent in Southern California, NVA hosts talkback discussions and other supplementary events designed to create conversation and cultivate community. NVA offers robust theatre programs in partnership with local schools and strongly believes that theatre and arts experiences should be accessible to ALL people, becoming a recognized leader in equity, diversity, and inclusion in San Diego. NVA has been fortunate to receive support from the City of Carlsbad and other local businesses, who recognize the importance of a resident professional theatre company as a crucial component of an inclusive and creative community. In turn NVA prioritizes serving its community by presenting works that respect its diversity, engaging every citizen with relevant and inspiring stories.

New Village Arts is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization listed under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS.

New Village Arts, Inc. 2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-433-324 5www.newvillagearts.org

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