Season 19

Stand Alone Production:
 
A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO
A Teatro Pueblo Nuevo Production
Written by and Starring Herbert Siguenza
Directed by Todd Salovey
August 10 – 25, 2019
  
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
  
A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO finds the artist living in France in 1957 at the height of his celebrity and facing an unexpected high-profile commission to crank out six paintings and three vases over the course of a single weekend (“Who do you think I am — Dali?” he grouses on the phone to his art dealer). Picasso has grudgingly allowed a group of art students — the audience — to stay at his home/studio while his family is away, a serviceable premise allowing Siguenza to directly engage us with jokes, stories and insights into the artistic life culled from Picasso’s interviews and writings.
  
“a delectable, 80-minute tour-de-force – San Jose News
  
“an utterly engaging portrait of an artist at work. That this is arguably the most important artist of the last century – and a fascinating character – only adds to the show’s appeal. Don’t miss it.” - SDGLN
  
 
SEASON 19
 
INTIMATE APPAREL
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed
September 28 – October 20, 2019
Previews September 20 — 27
 
Wearing her heart on her sleeve while sewing intimates for her clientele, Esther is the talented African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York who has built a savings for herself making beautiful undergarments—while earnestly daydreaming of new beginnings, romantic possibilities, and the lingering affection she shares with a Jewish fabric merchant. But when an egregious deception cuts short heartfelt desires, can class, culture and circumstance outmatch the strength of the human spirit? Inspired by a true story, Intimate Apparel is a heart-rending contemporary work in the style of an enduring classic—from the first female playwright to win two Pulitzers.
  
Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
 
"Nottage's play has a delicacy and eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting… New York has no richer play…" —NY Daily News
 
 
"… thoughtful, affecting… The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress—and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public." —Variety
  
 
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
By Laura Eason, based on the book by Jules Verne
With music by The Shantyannes
Directed by Kristianne Kurner
November 16 – December 22, 2019
Previews November 8 — 15
  
The majestically mysterious, fabulously wealthy, heartbreakingly lonely Victorian Phileas Fogg has determined, with mathematical precision, that the world can be circumnavigated in 80 days. On this belief, he has wagered his entire fortune. Will bandits, a herd of buffalo, an act of chivalry, an unreliable but ever faithful valet, and an unrelenting inspector from Scotland Yard keep him from his impossible task? Follow Fogg and his unforgettable companions aboard steamships, locomotives, and pachyderms as they learn about love, themselves, and a world that they never anticipated. Directed by Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner after she returns from her voyage of 100 days around the world. With original pirate rock ‘n roll music by The Shantyannes.
 
“Not a minute is wasted in this new, family friendly adaptation of Jules Verne's 1873 classic. Laura Eason's brisk script runs with the same clockwork precision that Phileas Fogg times his globe-trotting adventures to win his famous wager... Bursting with imagination, this exuberant whistle-stop tour through Verne is a lot of fun and a trip worth making.” -- The Stage
 
Fun and imaginative... This spin on Jules Verne's classic hot air balloon romp is an eccentric treat.” -- Time Out
 
“A fun-filled comedy caper... All the components - ingenuity, enthusiasm and a cracking good story - are present to make it a rollicking success.” -- reviewshub
  
 
MURDER FOR TWO
Written by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian
Directed by AJ Knox
February 1 – March 1, 2020
Previews January 24 – 31
  
Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed…fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills – with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit? Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur’s scene-stealing wife, give him a big finish? Is Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina, the prime suspect? Did Dr. Griff, the overly-friendly psychiatrist, make a frenemy? Marcus has only a short amount of time to find the killer and make his name before the real detective arrives…and the ice cream melts! Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles – not to mention the piano – in a witting and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.
 
Ingenious! A snazzy double-act!” New York Times Critics’ Pick
 
“A hilarious musical whodunit!” – New York Observer
 
 
 
 
THE ROOMMATE
Written by Jen Silverman
Directed by Samantha Ginn
March 28 – April 19, 2020
Previews March 20 — 27
SAN DIEGO PREMIERE
 
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.
 
tugs at the heartstrings as much as it tickles the funny bone.” – Louisville Magazine
 
“a new play about isolation, second chances and the consequences of our choices, is as tragic as they come – and it’s a tragedy that subtly grows beneath peals of uproarious laughter.” – Broadway World
 
“in between the laughs and poignant moments… The Roommate delivers 90 minutes of what theatre can and should look like!” – The Theatre Times
 
 
INTO THE WOODS
Written by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine
Directed by Tony Houck
May 16 – August 9, 2020
Previews May 8 - 15
 
Ten years ago, New Village Arts produced its first musical. Now, on the cusp of their 20th season, NVA returns to the musical that started it all. Into the Woods brings well-known fairytale characters to musical life. Interwoven through their tales is the story of a baker and his wife, whose longing for a child is thwarted by a mischievous witch. Stephen Sondheim's songs, seamlessly melded to James Lapine's text, are perfect expressions of the complications of living in modern society and the difficult choices we encounter on the paths of our lives. Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987, winning three Tony Awards.
 
potent stuff - as old as time, or at least as old as fairy tales” – New York Times
 
this is a ‘Woods’ with a heart!” – San Diego Union Tribune
 
 

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