SEASON 17 AT NEW VILLAGE ARTS:
★★★ BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY ★★★
The Musical Celebration of a Rock and Roll Icon!
Written by Alan James | Directed by Christy Yael-Cox
CO-PRODUCTION WITH INTREPID THEATRE COMPANY
Runs May 18 – July 2, 2017 at the Horton Grand Theatre, and
Runs July 15 - August 27, 2017 at New Village Arts
(Previews at NVA July 13 & 14, 2017)
The season kicks-off with a co-production with Intrepid Theatre Company of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, written by Alan James. Celebrating the life and music of Buddy Holly and his contemporaries, this award-winning musical illustrates how music can bring diverse people together. BUDDY will be directed by Intrepid’s Producing Artistic Director, Christy Yael-Cox, and will run for six weeks at the Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp District before transferring to the NVA stage for an additional six-week run.
★★★ AMERICAN HERO ★★★
A New Comedy about Minimum-Wage Heroes!
Written by Bess Wohl | Directed by Kristianne Kurner
SAN DIEGO PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PREMIERE
Previews September 15 – 22, 2017
Runs September 23 – October 15, 2017
NVA’s Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner will take the helm for the next show, the San Diego professional theatre premiere of Bess Wohl’s AMERICAN HERO. This modern and timely comedy follows the employees of a newly-franchised submarine sandwich shop. When corporate America gives up on them, they take things into their own hands, using hard work and ingenuity to come together, proving that heroes aren’t born--they’re made.
★★★ THE SECRET GARDEN ★★★
The Classic Family Story of Enchantment and Discovery!
Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman | Music by Lucy Simon
Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Directed by Rosina Reynolds
1991 TONY AWARD-WINNER FOR BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Previews November 3 – 9, 2017
Runs November 10 – December 24, 2017
For the holidays, NVA will bring a beloved, classic story to life with the musical THE SECRET GARDEN. This enchanting tale will be directed by the incomparable Rosina Reynolds and celebrates the power of family -- both the one you are born into and the one you make for yourself. It’s a redemptive story of a young girl finding her voice, and the adults around her discovering the bravery in letting go of the past. Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman created this Tony-winning musical that is sure to delight audiences of all ages for the holidays.
★★★ CLOUD TECTONICS ★★★
A Magical Tale of Love Lost in Time and Space
By Jose Rivera | Director To Be Announced Soon
IN CONJUNCTION WITH TEATRO NUEVO PUEBLO
Previews January 26 – February 2, 2018
Runs February 3 – 25, 2018
2018 will start with the magical realism of Jose Rivera’s CLOUD TECTONICS. NVA will announce the director of this production soon, and Nadia Guevara will be featured as Celestina del Sol. This unforgettable play examines how love affects time and how time affects love, and how the elemental forces around us truly shape who we become. The play will be part of NVA’s new bilingual Teatro Nuevo Pueblo initiative and include many surround events.
★★★ MEN ON BOATS ★★★
The Gender-Bent Historical Adventure Comedy!
By Jaclyn Backhaus | Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed
Featuring Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner as John Wesley Powell
Previews March 23 – 30, 2018
Runs March 31 – April 22, 2018
NVA will take you on a grand adventure with the Regional Premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus’ MEN ON BOATS. This fantastical comedy recreates John Wesley Powell’s ten-man 1869 exploratory expedition into the Grand Canyon with one twist: all of the roles are played by women. The production will be directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed (who is directing NVA’s HAVING OUR SAY for Season Sixteen), featuring Kristianne Kurner as John Wesley Powell, and showcasing a diverse group of San Diego’s finest female actors.
★★★ AVENUE Q ★★★
The Raunchy and Hilarious Puppet Musical!
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez | Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by AJ Knox
WINNER OF THE TONY “TRIPLE CROWN”: BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE, AND BEST BOOK
Previews May 18 – 25, 2018
Runs May 26 – July 1, 2018
The season will conclude with the Tony Award-winning musical, AVENUE Q, in celebration of how community brings people of all types together. This unique and hysterical musical follows a puppet named Princeton as he moves into a new neighborhood and explores the diversity around him. The denizens of Avenue Q are a far cry from the wholesome puppets of Sesame Street, but these humans, puppets, and monsters all share one thing in common: their lives may suck, but not when they’re together. NVA’s Director of Connectivity, AJ Knox, will bring this comedy to life.