New Village Arts Presents THOM PAIN, Closes 10/2


New Village Arts is thrilled to introduce one of the most exciting new American Playwrights to San Diego audiences. Will Eno's THOM PAIN (based on nothing) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and one of the most exciting new plays to come out of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York City. Directed by Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner, THOM PAIN (based on nothing) is a one man show that examines life, love, the nature of performance and the performance of nature. THOM PAIN (based on nothing) will be playing at New Village Arts Theatre (2787 State Street, Carlsbad Village) from September 7 - October 2, 2011. The official opening night is September 10 at 8 PM. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 760-433-3245.

THOM PAIN (based on nothing) is many things: a one-man show with the entire audience; a bleak comedy that thrives on paradox; an existential nightmare; a great piece of theatre that makes you simultaneously filled with despair and thrilled to be alive. The New York Times calls it "stand up existentialism". Thom Pain and his audience navigate their way through life and love on a search for happiness and acceptance. It's an incredibly written show by a brilliant American playwright.

Will Eno's internationally heralded play THOM PAIN (based on nothing) had a successful year-long run at the DR2 in New York, produced by Bob Boyett and Daryl Roth; following a sold out run at the August 2004 International Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First Award and the Herald Angel Award), and a subsequent transfer to the Soho Theatre in London. The play is now being produced across the United States, as well as Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Mexico and other countries. THOM PAIN (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Mr. Eno's new play MIDDLETOWN received its world premiere in fall 2010 at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City and recently completed a run at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His play TRAGEDY: a tragedy received its US premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Spring 2008, and his collection of short plays entitled OH, THE HUMANITY and other exclamations world premiered at The Flea Theater in winter 2008. Mr. Eno's play THE FLU SEASON received the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for the best debut production in New York by an American playwright. Mr. Eno's plays have been produced by the Gate Theatre, the SOHO Theatre and BBC Radio, in London; the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company and Naked Angels, in New York. His plays are published by Oberon Books and have appeared in Harper's, The Antioch Review, The Quarterly, and Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two Actors. Mr. Eno is presently under commission by the Royal National Theatre. He is a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, and was awarded the first-ever Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship by the Theater Hall of Fame, as well as the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. Mr. Eno lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Director KRISTIANNE KURNER is the co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of New Village Arts, where she has directed such productions as Death of a Salesman, Summer and Smoke, The Santaland Diaries, Be Aggressive, Bulrusher, True West, Sailor's Song, The Waverly Gallery and A Lie of the Mind. She has been seen on the NVA stages many times, most recently as Essie Miller in Ah, Wilderness!, Amanda Blue in Waving Goodbye and the title role in The Heidi Chronicles. Her work has received numerous awards, including San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and Patte Awards for Theatre Excellence. Kristianne created THE ENSEMBLE PROJECT for Season 11, including commissioning the world premiere by Suzanne Bachner. She received her BFA in Theatre at The College of William & Mary and her MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio/New School.

Actor ADAM BRICK is a founding Ensemble Member of New Village Arts, where he has appeared in Ah, Wilderness!, Sweet Storm, Things We Want, Time Flies, The Complete Work of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Three Sisters. Adam graduated from The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco. Previous acting roles in local performances include: Tartuffe (Cleante), Dark Rapture (Ray), and Waiting for Lefty (Joe) with Palomar Performing Arts. In addition to his work as an actor, Adam has done numerous sound designs and photography shoots for New Village Arts.
Tim Wallace will be designing the set with Justin Lang designing sound. Christopher Loren Renda is designing lights and Kelly Iversen is designing the costume. Bonnie Durben will be creating the world of props and Justin Lang is also the stage manager.

Ticket prices range from $20 - $34 for all performances, with the exception of three pay-what-you-can previews on September 7, 8 & 9 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, September 10). 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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