Carlsbad, CA — (JULY, 2022) New Village Arts (NVA), North County’s cultural hub, is proud to announce its 21st Season of programming, and the first in the newly renamed Conrad Prebys Theatre at the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center. The season features two regional premieres, a return to an original
holiday musical commissioned by NVA, and a popular movie musical. Kristianne Kurner, Founder and Executive Artistic Director calls this “the most ambitious season in our history. With the renovation of our Carlsbad Village home and the renaming of our building and theatre, we knew it was important to include some statement plays this season.” “The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus
“This 21st season of professional theatre is all about CHANGE. In each of our shows, the characters are confronting times of change in their lives. They have to make the choice between keeping things the way they have always been or stepping out into the unknown to make a different life. The results are thrilling,”
The newly renovated and renamed Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center will reopen December 3rd with the return of 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS, written by Ms. Hurston with original songs from Milena (Sellers) Phillips and created by Hurston, Phillips, Frankie Alicea-Ford and Kevin “Blax” Burroughs. Acclaimed San Diego-based director Jacole Kitchen will be leading the team through this joyous holiday show that the Union Tribune named one of the “best plays of 2021” in San Diego.
Next up is Jez Butterworth’s 2019 Tony Award-winner THE FERRYMAN. New Village Arts is the first theatre company outside of London and New York to be granted the rights to produce this epic thriller that takes place during The Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1981. With a cast of 21 actors, live animals onstage, and much more, this play promises to invade NVA’s intimate theatre space and have the audience feeling very much a part of the Carney family. NVA’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner will direct with an Opening Night of February 4, 2023.
Following THE FERRYMAN is the two-person show THE ROOMMATE written by Jen Silverman. This regional premiere will be directed by Samantha Ginn and features Milena (Sellers) Phillips and Kim Strassburger. A dark comedy, THE ROOMMATE explores the search for connection at times when life is constantly changing.
The 21st Season will conclude with SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, directed by NVA’s former Director of Connectivity AJ Knox. This beloved movie musical will be re-created in the style that NVA has become known for – creating intimate versions of largescale musicals that focus on the storytelling and talents of the performers. The score includes such popular numbers as “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Good Mornin’”
in addition to the title song. This inaugural season in the newly renamed Conrad Prebys Theatre is sponsored by the Conrad Prebys Foundation.
Season Passes go on sale on August 1, 2022 and single tickets for 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS will be released for sale on September 1, 2022. More information can be found on the New Village Arts website at www.newvillagearts.org.
Showtimes: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Matinees/Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Please visit www.newvillagearts.org for exact dates and showtimes.
Tickets: Season Passes $106 – $208, Single Tickets $25 – $57, with discounts available for Seniors, Students, and Active Military. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newvillagearts.org, or via phone at 760.433.3245