Written by Roy Sekigahama
Directed by Yari Cervas
Presented at New Village Arts Theatre | 2787 State Street, Carlsbad Village
DESERT ROCK GARDEN is a memory play about belonging, family, and creating something beautiful out of nothing. This fictionalized historical story about a young orphan and a Japanese immigrant who forge a friendship in the Topaz Relocation Center in 1943 reveals the inherent human ability to transform nothing — loneliness and barren desert — into something long-lasting and precious.
February 19th, 2022 marks the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 resulting in the forced removal of 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry to incarceration camps across America.
Originally produced as part of NVA’s Final Draft New Play Festival, DESERT ROCK GARDEN is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Civil Liberties Program, the City of Carlsbad, and the Forsyth Leonard Fund.
Original Music and Sound Design by
Scenic Design by
Lighting Design by
Costume Design by
Development Stage Manager
Alex C Luong
Chloris Li (Penny)
Lane Nishikawa* (Fuzzy)
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association
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