New Village Arts Presents “The Ferryman” From January 27 Through March 5, 2023
New Village Arts, North County’s cultural hub, presents playwright Jez Butterworth’s masterful 2017 international hit and 2019’s Tony Award winning Best Play, The Ferryman, from January 27 through March 5, 2023 – in its first US production after it’s Broadway triumph – and the first in the newly renovated, named after Conrad Prebys Theatre at the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center, in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego.
New Village Arts presents “The Ferryman”
“The Ferryman” takes place in rural county Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1981 during the heart of The Troubles. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
It is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest plays of the 21st century. The play also won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play during its West End run in London, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play for its Broadway run.
The 21 member acting company of “The Ferryman” includes actors Tom Daugherty, Joy Yvonne Jones, Kym Pappas, Antonio TJ Johnson, Max Macke and Lena Palke. The full cast listing can be found here.
Ben Brantley said in The New York Times, “An endlessly vibrant work, the real sustenance provided here comes from the sheer abundance within a work that picked up most of the awards on offer during its London run last year. This is theater as charged and cluttered and expansive as life itself. And the three and a quarter hours and 21 speaking parts required to tell its story — which is at once a shivery suspenser, a hearthside family portrait, a political tragedy and a journey across mythic seas — barely seem long enough to contain all it has to give us.”
“From the moment I finished reading Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman” I knew it would be the highlight of my 20+ year career to be able to direct the show,” said Kristianne Kurner, Founder and Executive Artistic Director, of NVA.
“I was immediately drawn in by the way it addresses the effect of violence in society through the lens of an epic family story. There is so much joy, laughter, romance and play amidst the stark realities of the North of Ireland in 1981. I’ve spent my career focused on the work of the actor and I can’t imagine a better play and a better cast to bring that work to fruition. I’m also proud that we are bringing a diverse group of actors and designers together to tell this universal story. All of us at New Village Arts are honored to bring this incredible show to our community.”
Performance Dates and Times
Friday, January 27 to Sunday, March 5, 2023
Opening Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 7:30PM
Wednesday matinees at 2PM
Saturdays: 2PM and 7:30PM
Tickets and Subscriptions
Single tickets for THE FERRYMAN are $50.
With Senior or Military ID. $41
Preview Performances are $30
See you there, San Diego!