By SDCN Editor
Carlsbad, CA–New Village Arts launches its 20th anniversary season with a world premiere of a new holiday musical, “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas.”
The story centers on the family holiday experience in a humorous and touching way. The festive evening features all of the Black family traditions including Italian food, dancing, singing, and skits. The evening may also include a bit of drama, because, well it’s family. But seriously, how much drama can there be on Christmas Eve?
The musical features a joyous mix of original holiday songs with traditional carols reimagined.
“I feel the entire play is a reimagined Christmas Eve where ‘Silent Night’ is a love song, ‘What Child is This’ a protest song, and the choreography for ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain’ stops just short of offending Jesus,” says playwright Dea Hurston. “It’s been an act of joy to bring Dorothy Black, her family, and her home to life in this adult holiday musical and I’m thrilled to share 1222 Oceanfront with San Diego.”
The musical is directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg with original music by Milena (Sellers) Phillips. It features music adaptation and direction by John-Mark McGaha. It is written by San Diego playwright Dea Hurston and devised by Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, and Dea Hurston.
The cast stars Frankie Alicea-Ford (Javier), Deja Fields (Aadya), Portia Gregory (Lizzie), Victor Morris (James Sr./Victor), Durwood Murray (Brian/others), Milena (Sellers) Phillips (Dorothy), and Kory LaQuess Pullam (James Jr.).
“New Village Arts is incredibly proud and honored to bring this world premiere experience to North County San Diego. While looking for shows to produce over the holidays, New Village Arts realized that most holiday offerings are told from one perspective, so we decided to commission a new musical and expand the theatrical canon of holiday shows,” says Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of developing a new Christmas story to add to the American theatre canon,” says Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, director. “I’m sincerely grateful that NVA is not only giving voice to the fictional Black family in the play, but also lifting the real-life voices of the Black and Latino artists who created this fun Christmas world.”
“1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas” will be performed at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street in Carlsbad Village. Previews are November 19 to 26, with performances November 27–December 26.