New Village Arts Reprogramming DESERT ROCK GARDEN

See + Do Final Draft New Play Festival, both productions slated for performances in Carlsbad

Wednesday, January 19, 20220

New Village Arts (NVA), the cultural center of North County, today announced that it has postponed the world premiere of DESERT ROCK GARDEN and the Final Draft New Play Festival and that both will take place at NVA’s home theater at Carlsbad and not at the Oceanside Theater Company as originally planned. The company has informed current ticket holders that they will be contacted directly by the box office to arrange exchanges if necessary.

DESERT ROCK GARDEN previews will take place from February 11 to 18, with an opening night on February 19 and ending on March 13. The Final Draft New Play Festival will take place from April 1-3.

“In addition to all the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Village Arts is also working on renovation plans for our building,” said Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner. “Construction was supposed to start in January but was postponed to April, so we decided to present the world premiere of DESERT ROCK GARDEN and the Final Draft New Play Festival in our home theater.”

desert rock garden

Written by Roy Sekigahama, DESERT ROCK GARDEN is a fictional historical story about a young orphan and a Japanese immigrant who forge a friendship at the Topaz War Relocation Center in 1943, revealing the inherent human capacity to transform nothing – loneliness and the arid desert – into something. durable and valuable.

“I wrote DESERT ROCK GARDEN as part of New Village Arts’ Final Draft New Play Festival 2019, and I’m grateful to NVA for helping launch the world premiere of the complete play this year,” Sekigahama said. “The story is a piece of memory about belonging, family, and creating something beautiful out of nothing, and I hope it draws attention to the history of Japanese incarceration camps. in the USA.”

The opening night on February 19 will feature a commemoration to mark the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 resulting in the forcible removal of 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry to incarceration camps across America. New Village Arts has received its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support this exciting new work, which is also supported by the California Civil Liberties Program and the City of Carlsbad
Cultural Arts Office.

Previews: February 11 to 18
Opening: February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Performances: February 20-March 13

National Foundation for the Arts
California Libraries Civil Liberties Program
City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office
Randy Pabst and Kathy Hagenbach

Final Draft New Play Festival

Produced by Farah Dinga, the Final Draft New Play Festival taking place April 1-3 will feature 10 never-before-seen plays written by talented local playwrights, along with delicious craft beers.

“This type of festival is rare in San Diego, and it’s an exciting opportunity to elevate local emerging playwrights and their stories,” said festival producer Farah Dinga. “Representing our community responsibly and accurately was really important to me, so we sought out a diverse piece selection committee made up of amazing artists who appreciate and understand the importance of recognizing diversity in our community. These values ​​were pervasive in our programming selection this year, and we are honored to help fill some of the gaps in representation and storytelling in the San Diego theater scene.

Saturday features a one-act play and a full play, and the festival ends on Sunday with another one-act play and a full play. Passes to all virtual viewings are available for $30.

Festival Producer: Farah Dinga
Festival Sponsors: Don & Becky Sciglimpaglia
Sponsors for The Forgotten Beasts and Weird(o): Bill & Judy Garrett
Beer Sponsor: Pure Project

New village arts
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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(760) 433-3245

New Village Arts 20th Anniversary Season 2021-2022

*Location(s) pending COVID guidelines; check the website for the most up-to-date information

February 11-March 13, 2022
New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad
Written by Roy Sekigahama
Directed by Yari Cervas

Co-production with Oceanside Theater Company
March 26 to May 1, 2022
Oceanside Theater Company at Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Directed by Kristianne Kurner

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! Select Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. (not available for performances at the Oceanside Theater Company)
Friday: 8 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. and some Sundays at 7 p.m.

Tickets and subscriptions
Single tickets for the 2021-2022 season cost between $30 and $59, or $27 for previews.
Season passes for all four shows cost $175. Discounts are available for seniors, military, and students, as well as groups of ten or more.

COVID safety protocols

Public safety is our primary concern. All NVA staff, performers, ushers, crew and volunteers are fully vaccinated. Throughout this season, all guests must have photo ID and either their physical CDC vaccination card, a photo of their vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record, until further notice. At least 14 days must have passed since the date of the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the date of completion. Wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, for all indoor performances,
events and activities.

About New Village Arts

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

NVA attracts over 20,000 spectators each year to experience professional theater, currently presented in the heart of Carlsbad Village. In addition to full seasons of plays and musicals featuring some of Southern California’s finest artistic talent, NVA hosts talks and other supplemental events designed to create conversation and cultivate community. NVA offers strong theater programs in partnership with local schools and strongly believes that theater 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 theater company as a crucial part 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 an IRS section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.

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