Monday, October 10, 2011

THE ENSEMBLE PROJECT at New Village Arts continues with the revered American classic John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN.

Of Mice and Men “Guys like us got no families.  They got a little stake and then they blow it in.  They ain’t got nobody in the world that gives a hoot in hell about ‘em!  But not us.”
– George & Lennie, OF MICE AND MEN

“The deafening silence that greeted the final blackout and the cheers that followed gave witness to the enduring power of John Steinbeck's dramatization of his 1937 novel to grab its audience by the heart and never let go... timely and devastatingly effective”
- New York Times

ArtsNFashion recommends saving the date for New Village Arts rendition of one of the best American stories of all time: John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN.  Directed by Daren Scott, OF MICE AND MEN is the unforgettable story of George and Lennie: two migrant workers during the Great Depression who dream of a place they can call their own, joined by an ensemble of characters each searching for their own version of the American Dream.  OF MICE AND MEN will be playing at New Village Arts Theatre (2787 State Street, Carlsbad Village) from October 26 – November 20, 2011.  The official opening night is October 29 at 8 PM.  Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 760-433-3245.

Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN is one of the most cherished stories in American literary history.  Frequently included as required reading for most high school students, it is also one of the most banned books in American history.  OF MICE AND MEN creates an ensemble of people all trying to find a place to belong, led by two of the best characters ever created: George Milton (actor Justin Lang) and Lennie Small (Manny Fernandes).  It’s been adapted for film and television many times, most recently by Gary Sinise and John Malkovich in an award-winning 1992 film version, and has even been adapted into an opera.   New Village Arts brings the talent of director Daren Scott, who portrayed Lennie in a 2005 production by San Diego’s Renaissance Theatre Company, to lead this production highlighting the intense, close-knit work of NVA’s Ensemble.

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902, and spent most of his life in Monterey County, the setting of much of his fiction. He attended Stanford University intermittently between 1920 and 1926. Steinbeck did not graduate from Stanford, but instead chose to support himself through manual labor while writing. His experiences among the working classes in California lent authenticity to his depiction of the lives of the workers, who remain the central characters of his most important novels.

Director Daren Scott knows the play well, having appeared as Lennie in Renaissance Theatre Company’s highly acclaimed 2005 production of OF MICE AND MEN OF MICE AND MEN invites the men in NVA’s Ensemble to take the stage.  NVA is gifted with an amazing group of talented actors, and this production will showcase that.  The production is led by one of the best actors in San Diego, Manny Fernandes, as Lennie, and one of the best up-and-coming actors in San Diego, Justin Lang, as George.  Fernandes has won numerous awards in San Diego and is one of NVA’s founding Ensemble members.  Lang portrayed Orlando in NVA’s AS YOU LIKE IT and has appeared frequently with Moxie Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare and Poor Players.  Also featured in the cast are Adam Brick (THOM PAIN), John DeCarlo (SUMMER AND SMOKE), Kelly Iversen (SWEET STORM), Kyle Lucy (AH, WILDERNESS!), and Jack Missett (DEATH OF A SALESMAN),  with NVA acting debuts from Charles Maze, Durwood Murphy, and Samuel Sherman (longtime NVA Stage Manager, now making his acting debut).

New Village Arts is proud to announce that they are partnering with MandoBasso to create an original musical soundtrack for the play.  MandoBasso is a duo featuring Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin.  Biggs and Bradbury first came together as colleagues working on projects at both Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos.  Biggs comes from a strong background in jazz and classical performance, Bradbury from a composition and computer music background.  Their mutual love of Irish and traditional American music brought them together in this unusual pairing of mandolin and bass.  MandoBasso performances include mainly new compositions, along with arrangements of traditional music, classical music, jazz and ragtime.
Tim Wallace will be designing the set with Adam Brick designing sound.  Christopher Loren Renda is designing lights and Kristianne Kurner and Frances Regal are on costumes.  Bonnie Durben will be creating the world of props, Ashley Watkins is the stage manager and Kristianne Kurner is the Artistic Director.

Ticket prices range from $25 - $29 for all performances, with the exception of three pay-what-you-can previews on October 26, 27 & 28 at 8 PM.  Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 3 PM & 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM (no 3 PM show on Opening Night, October 29).  The theatre is located in the heart of Carlsbad Village, at 2787 State Street.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 760-433-3245.


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