OCEANSIDE, CA — “Songs for a New World,” a musical written and composed by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (“The Last Five Years,” “Bridges of Madison County”) opens this weekend at the Historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside.
The Oceanside Theater Company (OTC) presents “Songs for a New World” in conjunction with the San Diego Theater. The show is an adaptation of Teatro San Diego’s successful inaugural production broadcast during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Songs for a New World” is a moving collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and the choices we make. The production, first seen in 1995 Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre, is co-directed by Kevin “Blax” Burroughs and Julio Catano of the San Diego Theater, with choreography by Alyssa “Ajay” Juniorus and musical direction by William Ah Sing.
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Teatro San Diego’s original broadcast production received three BroadwayWorld 2021 San Diego Awards, including Best Directing for a Broadcast (Kevin “Blax” Burroughs), Best Editing for a Broadcast (Christian Ezell), and Best Scenic Design for a Play or musical (Reiko Huffman). ) and was featured on Pam Kragen’s Best of 2021 list for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“This year-long, diversity-focused theater company impressed with its debut production,” Kragen wrote in December 2021. “Director Kevin “Blax” Burroughs re-imagined the scenes, about people throughout history about to of making life-changing decisions, from a 2021 Perspective.”
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Preview of “Songs for a New World” from June 3 to 5. Tickets are available for $20. Opening night is June 10 and the show runs through June 26. The show is presented on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:00 pm office at 760-433-8900.
SYNOPSIS: Songs for a New World is, according to songwriter Jason Robert Brown, “about a moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a decision, or take a stand, or turn around and come back.” With a soulful score that blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz, with tight harmonies and bold vocals, Songs for a New World transports its audience from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship bound for a new land, to the ledge of a ship. from New York. penthouse. The characters range from a young man from the Bronx who dreams of becoming a famous basketball player, to a homeless and abandoned Mrs. Claus who grieves as Christmas approaches.
A small but powerful and diverse cast, coupled with a well-crafted, supercharged score, appeals to both old and new generations, as each character, in their own way, seizes that unique moment and enters a new world.
“What makes this production unique,” says San Diego Theater Co-Director and Artistic Associate Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, “is the fact that we went from a broadcast production last year to now a live audience with a live band and a new location – it’s exciting!”
“We were inspired by the 2020 civil rights movement,” says Teatro San Diego Co-Director and Chairman of the Board Julio Catano, “and now we can present it live in 2022. So we’re very excited to share these conversations that have been happening across the nation and among all of us as a community.
Choreographer and founding member of Teatro San Diego Alyssa “AJay” Junious says, “We have two ensemble dancers who are able to embody the story through movement, and I really enjoy bringing the cast together. There are two unique things about this production : It’s a collaboration between two amazing theater companies here in San Diego, and it’s run by BIPOC. I love the fact that Teatro San Diego is focused on that mission and that the Oceanside Theater Company is on board.”
“I’m excited to bring this bold production of ‘Songs for a New World’ to Oceanside,” said Alex Goodman, Interim Managing Director of OTC. “I think our North County patrons will be impressed by the immense talent and creativity that “Blax” and his team will bring to the Brooks stage. We are proud to help increase the visibility of a startup and share their first concert in live”. producing with our audience. And there couldn’t be a better time to build a company that is specifically focused on telling diverse stories and celebrating our community’s rich cultural heritage.”
June 3 – 26, 2022
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for $15 – $45 online at www.oceansidetheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900.
Timyra-Joi* began her acting and singing journey at the age of 4. She recently completed a two-year run on the hit Las Vegas mix, BAZ! Star Crossed Love, as “Juliet” and she enjoyed being a finalist at the tender age of 15 on NBC’s THE VOICE.
Christian Duarte graduated from the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) and received his BA in Theater and Community from UC Santa Barbara. There, he was president of a student-run theater company and directed “The Last Five Years” and “Mamma Mia!”
Brittany Adriana Carrillo last appeared on OTC as Rapunzel/Stepmother in “Into the Woods” in April. She is a co-founder of @abctheatreco and is currently pursuing her BA in Theater Acting at SDSU.
Mikaela Rae Macias is currently a 3rd year Theater Performance student at San Diego State University. She is a graduate of the Coronado School of the Arts Drama and Musical Theater Program.
Keri Miller is a veteran on stage and is an elementary school teacher at Leonardo daVinci Health Sciences Charter.
Joshua Washington is an accomplished dancer, recently seen on the Jabbawockeez Prism and the Jabbawockeez China Tour.
Kevin “Blax” Burroughs – Co-Director (He/Him/His) is an actor, director, choreographer, and lighting designer. Directing Credits: Songs… New World, Carrie, Next To Normal and others. Choreographer Credits: Little Shop Of Horrors, In The Heights, Legally Blonde, James…Giant Peach, Matilda and others. Performance Credits: Bobby/Memphis, Armand/Once On This Island, Benny/In The Heights, Judas/Jesus Christ Superstar, Enjolras/Les Miserables and others. Lighting Design Credits: The Addams Family, Matilda, Next To Normal, The Little Mermaid, Carrie and others. Co-Founder of the San Diego Theater. Instagram: @kevinblaxburroughs @teatrosandiego
Julio Catano – Co-Director National / International Tours: The Addams Family (Ancestor), West Side Story Centennial World Tour (Chinese). Regional: Kiss me Azteca! (La Jolla Theater); Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Theater Under the Stars); Camelot (Shakespeare Theater Company); Anything Goes (Arena Stage); West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company, Musical Theater West, and Lamb’s Players Theatre). Film/TV: Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FOX’s Pitch, TNT’s 12. Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ailey School/Fordham University. Executive Artistic Director of the San Diego Theater and Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University. @juliocatanoyee @teatrosandiego”
Alyssa “Ajay” Juniorus – Choreographer Ajay is a choreographer, theater artist, art educator, and Pilates practitioner from Oceanside, California. She received her BFA in Performance, Choreography, and Certificate in Arts Management from the University of California, Irvine. She is the founder of Continuum Arts & Pilates and co-founder of Soultry Sisters Arts + Wellness Collective. She has choreographed for New Village Arts/OTC (Into The Woods), Teatro San Diego (Songs of a New World), and NVA (Beehive: a 1960’s Musical). Her work has been featured at Art Produce, Oceanside Museum of Art, LUX Art Institute, Temecula Front & Main Dance Festival, Palm Springs Dance Festival, RAW Artists San Diego, Orange County Dance Festival, The Vine Theater and Oceanside Public Library. Her professional acting credits include: La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Musical Theatre, Disneyland Resort, Entity Contemporary Dance Company, San Diego Dance Theatre, Oceanside Theater Company, Legoland Resort, PGK Dance Project, Disney’s ABC Christmas Special, Demi Lovato, Anika Noni Rose and Cheryl Burke. For more information visit AlyssaRJunious.com and @continuum.sd
William Ah Sing – Music director and conductor.
Reiko Huffman, Scenic Designer, is excited to be a part of staging Songs for A New World with the San Diego Theater and in association with the Oceanside Theater Company. Reiko Huffman’s recent and future credits include The Importance of Being Earnest and Silent Sky with the Summer Repertory Theater Festival, The Wiz with the San Diego Theater, Cinderella at the Rose Theater in Omaha, NE, and Legally Blonde with the GREAT Theater in Minnesota.
Morgan Zwonitzer – Stage Director Morgan’s credits with OTC include stage directing A Christmas Carol: A Radioplay (2021 and 2019) ASM for Foxfire (2019) and Dancing Lessons (2019) Other credits include: The role of The Kid in QueerSpawn for Diversionary (2018) and Assistant Director Hir for Cygnet Theater (2018)
Located in the heart of downtown Oceanside, the Brooks Theater is the cultural focal point of this North County region, uniquely recognized as one of California’s 14 inaugural State-Designated Cultural Districts.
About the Oceanside Theater Company:
Oceanside Theater Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company that operates the Historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside, is a focal point of the Oceanside CA Cultural District (OCCD). OTC’s mission is to produce professional theatrical, visual arts and musical productions for the entertainment and enrichment of the community; present educational opportunities in the arts for children and adults; and to provide a safe, state-of-the-art public venue for the expansion of artistic endeavors in North San Diego County and Southern California. OTC produces a season of theater on the four-show main stage at the 198-seat venue, as well as an ongoing music and event series and play readings at the adjacent black box theater, Studio 219. An important part of the mission of OTC is to inspire and share the arts. with local youth through the Youth Theater Arts Program, which includes Summer Theater Camps and Youth Theater Arts Outreach in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside during the school year. For more information, visit www.oceansidetheatre.org.
About Teatro San Diego:
Teatro San Diego was founded in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic to help San Diego become the vibrant and inclusive community it has always had the potential to be. At the time of the organization’s creation, the two largest minority communities in San Diego were Mexican and Filipino. Therefore, the two most predominant languages in the city, besides English, were Spanish and Tagalog. “Teatro” means “Theater” in both languages. These original San Diegans have been underserved and underrepresented in the San Diego performing arts community and the San Diego Theater works to rectify this disparity by emphasizing and accounting for the inclusion of all nationalities and local languages. For more information, visit: www.teatrosandiego.org.
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