New Village Arts presents World Premiere of New Holiday Musical, 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS, November 19–December 26, 2021
Written by Dea Hurston, devised by Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, and Dea Hurston
Carlsbad, CA—New Village Arts (NVA), North County’s cultural hub, launches its 20th Anniversary Season with a world premiere: 1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas, a new holiday musical written by San Diego 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.
1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas will be performed at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street in Carlsbad Village. Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg with original music by Milena (Sellers) Phillips, it features music adaptation and direction by John-Mark McGaha. Previews are November 19–26, with performances November 27–December 26.
Dorothy Black invites you to join her and her adult children for Christmas Eve dinner at 1222 Oceanfront. The festive evening features all of the Black family traditions including Italian food, dancing, singing and skits. 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?
1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas features a joyous mix of original holiday songs with traditional carols re-imagined.
“I feel the entire play is a reimagined Christmas Eve where ‘Silent Night’ is a love song, ‘What Child is This’ a protest song, and the choreography for ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain’ stops just short of offending Jesus,” says playwright Dea Hurston. “It’s been an act of joy to bring Dorothy Black, her family and her home to life in this adult holiday musical and I’m thrilled to share 1222 Oceanfront with San Diego.”
“New Village Arts is incredibly proud and honored to bring this world premiere experience to North County San Diego. While looking for shows to produce over the holidays, New Village Arts realized that most holiday offerings are told from one perspective, so we decided to commission a new musical and expand the theatrical canon of holiday shows,” says Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner. “In February of 2020, we commissioned four exemplary artists: Dea Hurston, Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin ‘Blax’ Burroughs, and Milena (Sellers) Phillips, to devise and write a musical based on their own experiences of the holidays. The team met weekly over Zoom throughout the pandemic and brought 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS to life. As we moved forward in the process, we were thrilled to bring on Joy Yvonne Jones to produce, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg to direct, and John-Mark McGaha to adapt the music and music-direct the premiere. When you add this amazing cast of actors as well, we have a true dream team of people telling this story.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of developing a new Christmas story to add to the American theatre canon,” says Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, director. “I’m sincerely grateful that NVA is not only giving voice to the fictional Black family in the play, but also lifting the real-life voices of the Black and Latino artists who created this fun Christmas world.”
Frankie Alicea-Ford (Javier) • Deja Fields (Aadya) • Portia Gregory (Lizzie) • Victor Morris* (James Sr./Victor)
Durwood Murray (Brian/others) • Milena (Sellers) Phillips* (Dorothy) • Kory LaQuess Pullam (James Jr.)
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association
Creative Process Sponsor: Peace Thru Arts Foundation • Production Sponsor: Denise and Lon Bevers
Media Sponsor: Michael Taylor and Theatre Corner • Rehearsal Sponsor: The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office
Actor Housing Sponsors: Katie Keller, Jay and Julie Sarno, Carlsbad Inn
New Village Arts 20th Anniversary Season 2021–22
DESERT ROCK GARDEN – WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
January 29–February 20, 2022 – Oceanside Theatre Company, Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
Written by Roy Sekigahama – Directed by Albert Park
INTO THE WOODS – STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S TWISTED FAIRY TALES
Co-production with Oceanside Theatre Company
March 26–May 1, 2022
Oceanside Theatre Company at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
Written by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine – Directed by Kristianne Kurner
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – CLASSIC MUSICAL THEATRE
May 6–July 10, 2022
New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad Village
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Directed by AJ Knox
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 are $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.