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New Village Arts Presents THE COLOR PURPLE

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Music and Lyrics by
THE COLOR PURPLE was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah
Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of THE
COLOR PURPLE was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia.

Musical Direction by LEIGH SCARRITT
Choreography by ALYSSA “AJAY” JUNIOUS
June 22nd – July 21st , 2024
Previews: June 14th – 21st , 2024

Carlsbad, CA—New Village Arts (NVA), North County’s cultural hub, presents the San Diego Professional
Premiere of the groundbreaking musical: THE COLOR PURPLE, based on the novel by Alice Walker, with
book by Marsha Norman, and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. THE
COLOR PURPLE will be directed by Kandace Crystal, musical direction by Leigh Scarritt, and choreography
by Alyssa “Ajay” Junious. This will be the final production of our 22nd season, performed on the newly
appointed Ray Charles Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre at the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center.
THE COLOR PURPLE will run from June 22nd – July 21st, 2024. Previews will be held from June 14th-21st,
with an Opening Night Reception on June 22nd, 2024.

Adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, THE COLOR PURPLE chronicles the inspiring
journey of Celie, a remarkable woman who discovers her inner strength and voice amidst a lifetime of
adversity. Set against the backdrop of 40 years, THE COLOR PURPLE follows Celie’s evolution from a
downtrodden young woman to a beacon of hope and empowerment. Featuring a vibrant score infused
with jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music, and blues, this musical celebration is a testament to the human
spirit and the healing power of love.

THE COLOR PURPLE premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, before captivating
audiences on Broadway in 2005, where it received eleven Tony Award nominations, including Best
Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. Its triumphant journey continued with a Tony
Award-winning revival in 2015, and an award winning movie adaptation in 2023, starring Fantasia
Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, and Danielle Brooks.

The creative team for THE COLOR PURPLE is full of San Diego’s finest. Kandace Crystal is set to pioneer
this groundbreaking musical, with musical direction by Leigh Scarritt and choreography by Alyssa “Ajay”
Junious. Kandace & Alyssa recently worked together for NVA’s most recent production of
Dea Hurston’s 1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS in 2023. This will be Leigh’s debut with
New Village Arts. Joseff Paz will stage manage this musical with Tori Jones assisting; Reiko Huffman (1222
OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS, 2023, DESERT ROCK GARDEN) will be the scenic consultant;
lighting design and assistant choreography by Kevin “Blax” Burroughs; sound design by Marc Akiyama;
props design by Aria Proctor (1222 OCEANFRONT: A BLACK FAMILY CHRISTMAS, 2023); costume design
by Janet Pitcher (winner of the 2023 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Costuming); wig design by
Jaqueline Dennis with assistance and maintenance by Kevane La’Marr Coleman; fight choreography by
Jake Millgard; intimacy coordination by Kate Rose Reynolds; and audio operation by Marcus Rico. The
rehearsal accompanist will be Susie Zapata.

Crystal has put together an incredible company of performers for this production. Leading the cast as
Celie is Nio Russell (NVA Debut), Hadiyyah Noelle as Shug (NVA Debut), and Actors Equity Member Kirk
Brown as Mister (NVA Debut). Eboni Muse, a fan favorite at New Village Arts (BEEHIVE, LITTLE SHOP OF
HORRORS & SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE) will take the stage as Sofia. Continuing the cast is Kingsley Jackson
(NVA Debut) as Harpo, and Taylor Renee Henderson (NVA Debut) as Nettie. Another NVA veteran,
Jasmine January (who has starred in over six productions of NVA, including INTO THE WOODS, LITTLE
SHOP OF HORRORS, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE) also joins the cast as Squeak and Shug understudy. Kiara
Hudlin, NVA’s Education and Fellowship Manager will be in the ensemble, as well as understudying the

role of Nettie. Completing the ensemble are Kevane La’Marr Coleman, Destiny Denny, Isaac Jackson, and
Erin Vanderhyde. Sierra Alicea will join the cast as a understudy and swing. Hadiyyah Noelle had this to say about the upcoming production: “I am absolutely ecstatic to be performing my dream show with this amazing cast! It’s not that often that we get to see the stories of Black and queer people represented and I’m so honored to get to play one of my dream roles while also bringing this representation to this area on stage for all the viewers that might see themselves in me.”

NVA’s Founder and Artistic Director, Kristianne Kurner says: “THE COLOR PURPLE is one of the most
important stories of our lifetime, and NVA has been fortunate to put together the most amazing group of
artists to bring the story to life in Carlsbad. We are honored to be the San Diego professional premiere of
this groundbreaking musical that is all about the power of love and sisterhood.” As we embark on this profound journey with THE COLOR PURPLE, we extend a heartfelt invitation to join us in amplifying the powerful message of Black voices, resilience, love, and empowerment that resonates within this iconic production.

THE COLOR PURPLE at NVA is sponsored by the Peace Thru Arts Foundation, the County of San Diego’s
Board of Supervisors’ Community Enhancement Grant, Visit Carlsbad, and the ongoing support of the
Prebys Foundation.

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
Single tickets range from $30 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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