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Written by Roy Sekigahama
Directed by Yari Cervas

Photo Credit: Rich Soublet | Graphic Design: AJ Knox
February 11 – 18
Opening Night
February 19
February 20 – March 13

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 FestivalDESERT ROCK GARDEN is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Civil Liberties Program, the City of Carlsbad, and the Forsyth Leonard Fund.


Yari Cervas 

Dramaturgy by

Shirley Fishman

Stage Manager

Nathan Waits 

Original Music and Sound Design by

Marc Akiyama 

Scenic Design by

Reiko Huffman 

Lighting Design by

Annelise Salazar 

Costume Design by 

Jojo Siu 

Development Stage Manager

Alex C Luong 

Cultural Consultant

Michael Kurima 

Chloris Li (Penny
Lane Nishikawa* (Fuzzy
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association 

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