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Calendar >  1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas At New Village Arts

1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas At New Village Arts

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Carlsbad, CA—New Village Arts (NVA), North County’s cultural hub, creates a new holiday tradition with the return of the hit musical, 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS. Written by San Diego playwright Dea Hurston and devised by Frankie Alicea, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, and Dea Hurston, critics raved about this funny and heart-warming show. Performances at New Village Arts in Carlsbad will run from December 2 to December 24 with Previews on November 30 and December 1.

Featuring lively songs, an eclectic and lovable cast of characters, and lots of seasonal cheer, 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS is a celebration of Black culture, family and love. Meant for audiences of all backgrounds and identities, 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS reminds us that the holiday spirit has the power to unite us together in love, song and joy.

This original musical invites us into the home of Dorothy Black’s family on the Carlsbad coast, purchased during a time when a culture of discrimination and exclusion was heavily practiced in the area. The approaching Christmas holidays brings the return of Dorothy’s sons, her sister and a few surprise guests. Coming together to sing several familiar holiday songs including “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Silent Night,” the family celebrates the past and future.

Directed by Kandace Crystal, this season’s production will feature a completely new design with set design by Reiko Huffman and costumes by Zoë Trautmann. Returning cast members include Milena (Sellers) Phillips as Dorothy Black; Portia Gregory-Burnette as Lizzie; Victor Morris as James Sr./Victor; and Halin Morris as James Jr.. Kiara Hudlin, last seen in NVA’s hit musical SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, joins the cast as Aadya. Jacob James has also been cast as Brian, after performing in last season’s successful run of JEZ BUTTERWORTH’S THE FERRYMAN, and Matthew Javier will play Javier.

“We are thrilled to go back to Dorothy Black’s home for Christmas this year. With an all new creative
team, fresh music and a dynamic cast, this year proves to be the perfect way to celebrate the holidays in
Carlsbad, ” says Executive Artistic Director, Kristianne Kurner.

Previews November 30 & December 1
Opens December 2 – December 24

Performance Days and Times
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm

Tickets and Subscriptions – Subscriptions for the 3 Show Package range from $81 to $158
Subscribers receive a 15% discount on all tickets to 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS.
Single tickets range from $25 to $55 for plays and $25 to $60 for musicals.

About New Village Arts …. Celebrating 22 years of award-winning professional theatre 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 30,000 patrons each year to experience professional theatre, music and art events in the heart of Carlsbad Village. 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. New this year, the White Family Next Stage in the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center presents a series of music and spoken word events throughout the year. 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. Phone: 760-433-3245



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