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Nuevo California

Bernardo Solano and Allan Havis

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San Diego Theater Critics Circle 2003 Award for New Play


A fabulist comedy-drama of a future city-state made up of Tijuana and San Diego after a great California earthquake. The world greets the first Mexican Pope who leads the region back into recovery.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (6 female, 4 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 110 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“The year is 2028. A massive earthquake has reconfigured Southern California, wiping out Los Angeles and Orange County. The whole region has to be reconceived. In a controversial move, a new city-state has been proposed, combining San Diego and Tijuana into one cross-cultural community known as Nuevo California. This imaginary world is at the center of a new play premiering at the San Diego Repertory Theater. So the wall is coming down and there’s a Mexican-American pope who comes to the region to bless its demolition. What follows is a wild mix of fantasy and reality — chaos and crisis, murder, mystery and a budding bicultural romance — all played out by Mexicans, Anglos, Asians, blacks, Jews, Muslims and Kumi Indians.” —Robert Siegel, All Things Considered, N P R News

About the Author


  • Allan Havis

    Over three decades, Allan Havis has had his plays produced at theatres across the country and in Europe, including San Diego Rep, Old Globe, Seattle's ACT, Odyssey, Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, American Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage, WPA, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Trapdoor Theatre, Coral Gable's New Theatre, Interact Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co. and Rowholt Theater-Verlag (National German Radio). Works commissioned by England's Chichester Festival, Sundance, San Diego Rep, Ted Danson's Anasazi Productions, South Coast Rep, Mixed Blood, CSC Rep, Malashock Dance, Carolina Chamber Chorale, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, San Diego City Opera and University of California, San Diego. Nineteen published full-length plays including his signature drama MOROCCO: Penguin/Mentor, Theatre Communications Group, Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, and Broadway Play Publishing. Harper/Collins published his young adult novel Albert the Astronomer in 1979. His sequel novel Albert Down a Wormhole was published by Goodreads Press in 2019. His book on ninety years of cinema, Cult Films: Taboo & Transgression, was published by University Press of America. In collaboration with composer Anthony Davis, his play LILITH was re-imagined as a chamber opera, premiering at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center December 2009. His next collaboration with Mr. Davis was Lear on the 2nd Floor, which premiered as a work-in-process March 2012 at Princeton University, and a full-length piece at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center March 2013. Both operas can be viewed online at UCSD TV. His third opera, St. Francis de Los Barrios, was presented in showcase at the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego in 2015. His latest opera project, The Golem of La Jolla, in collaboration with composer Michael Roth, will have a concert presentation October 2019 in La Jolla Playhouse's WoW Festival. Recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Kennedy Center/American Express, CBS, HBO, National Endowment for the Arts Awards, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle 2003 Outstanding New Play for NUEVO CALIFORNIA (co-author Bernardo Solano) and San Diego's 2008 Patté Best Play award for THE TUTOR. University of Illinois Press published in 2001 his edited volume: American Political Plays. Southern Illinois University Press published in 2010 his second edited volume American Political Plays Post 9/11. In 2019 London's Bloomsbury/Methuen published his third volume American Political Plays in the Age of Terrorism. He was Provost of Thurgood Marshall College/UC San Diego for ten years, has headed the MFA playwriting program at University of California, San Diego and continues to teach in their graduate writing program over thirty years where he serves as Chair of Theatre and Dance. He holds an MFA from Yale Drama School.

  • Bernardo Solano

    A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bernardo Solano is a recipient of the Fulbright and McKnight Fellowships as well as an AT&T OnStage and two Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest grants. Productions include LOS FAUSTINOS at the Cornerstone Theater; SCIENCE AND THE PRIMITIVES at Towne Street Theatre; EL GRECO, an opera (librettist), at Intar Theatre in NYC and broadcast by the National Public Radio; BUENAVISTA at Mixed Blood Theatre; FRONTERAS at Los Angeles Theatre Center; JUNGLE TOONS at Cucaracha Theatre (NYC); and SPEAK SPANISH FOR ME at the Yale Cabaret, Macalester College, and Buckness University. THE DEATH AND LIFE OF LUIS RODRIGUEZ, BUENAVISTA, and SCARLET MACAW have been presented at South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights' Project. ENTRIES premiered at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/1/2005
Pages 72
ISBN 9780881452518

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by San Diego Repertory Theater

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Nuevo California is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


10/27/2016 – 11/6/2016
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Storrs, CT