Stephan Replaces Kurner As Director Of SURE THING In New Village Arts Comedy Festival

Executive Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner, originally slated to direct David Ives' SURE THING as part of New Village Arts' Summer Comedy Festival, has just accepted the role of Doctor Flora Whetstone in Moxie Theatre's upcoming DRINK ME, OR THE STRANGE TALE OF ALICE TIMES THREE. Taking over the role of director of SURE THING will be Mark Stephan. Mr. Stephan directed the first full production at NVA, BRILLIANT TRACES, and soon after left San Diego for New York and Los Angeles. He recently returned to town and directed PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS for Compass Theatre and is Assistant Directing TIME FLIES for NVA. New Village Arts' Summer Comedy Festival runs July 30 through August 16 at the New Village Arts Theatre, located at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad Village. Tickets range from $15 - $20 and are available by calling the box office at 760-433-3245 or by visiting

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New Village Arts Theatre was founded in April 2001 by graduates of New York's Actors Studio Drama School. NVA is about to embark upon its ninth season of producing award-winning, critically acclaimed theatre in North County San Diego. Thanks to the support of the City of Carlsbad and many generous individuals and companies, New Village Arts opened their new theatrical space in the heart of Carlsbad Village in June of 2007. Season Nine includes two regional premieres, two American classics and a thought-provoking comedy, along with an entirely new Foundry space for art and education.

New Village Arts presents theatre fueled by the power and passion of the artist and shares with its audience an uncompromising appetite for the human experience.

New Village Arts' Summer Comedy Festival features David Ives' TIME FLIES, Emily Reit's PROM NIGHT, David Ives' SURE THING, and BILLY WATSON AND THE SILVER STRING SUBMARINE BAND. It runs August 1 through 16, 2009 at the New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad Village.


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