Virtual Theatre Event Extends by Popular Demand with Closed Captioning & Live Chat with Artists

MOXIE Theatre, located in San Diego’s college area, launched its sixteenth season, despite closed doors due to the pandemic, with a virtual theatre premiere in September that dazzled critics and audiences alike. Now MOXIE’s production of THE NICETIES, which Broadway World called “A smart and ambitious play” is back by popular demand with three added performances on November 13, 14, and 15, 2020. With a special post-show discussion on November 13th and closed captioning on November 14th and 15th, MOXIE is proud to bring this critically acclaimed production back for audiences who may have missed or wish to see it again!

We did a Pod-View about this play! Listen here

HOW IT WORKS: Audiences tune in, enjoy live pre-show content, a clip from a documentary about making theatre during COVID19, followed by the recorded production, which San Diego Story called “effective on a visceral level” filmed from the front row of MOXIE’s audience. The event also features a live post-show discussion with the artists and members of the community after the play!

ABOUT THE PLAY: Set in an elite East Coast university, THE NICETIES tells the story of an ambitious young Black student and her esteemed white professor who meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly they’re in dangerous territory – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone. As the Chicago Tribune said, “The Niceties absolutely make you think about the question of the American moment.”


All Female and non-binary Design and Production Team: Set Design, Julie Lorenz; Costume Design, Faith James; Lighting Design, Cynthia Bloodgood; Sound Design, Mason Pilvesky; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Beonica Bullard; Assistant Director, Vanessa Duron 

Eleanor Burgess (Playwright) After studying History at Yale College and completing an M.F.A in Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts, Burgess has had work produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Portland Stage Company, and Centenary Stage, and developed with The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. The events in her most popular work, and Moxie’s second production of our Sweet 16 season, The Niceties, is based on her own experiences as an undergraduate student at Yale in 2015, surrounding the campus conversation around cultural appropriation. The Niceties opened Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2018 to stellar reviews and has since been produced at multiple theater companies across the country, including the Huntington Theatre Company and the Geffen Playhouse. Of her work, Burgess says, ““I write to understand things, I write about things that confuse me, I write about things that trouble me, topics where I really thought I knew what I believed and then someone said something that shook me down to my core and all of sudden I realized that maybe I don’t know what I believe.”

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) is a founder and the former Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, which she helmed for 12 acclaimed seasons receiving The Des McAnuff New Visions Award for “Risk Taking Leadership and Body of Work” and “2015 Director of the Year” from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She has also directed plays for Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, San Diego REP, The Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre and Playwrights Project. Some honors include: Theatre Communications Group's New Generations Program, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Women's International Living Legacy Award, Van Lier Fund Fellowship (Second Stage Theatre) and the New York Drama League's Directors Project.


Mouchette val Helsdingen (Janine) During these challenging times, Mouchette is beyond grateful to the MOXIE Theatre for the opportunity to be part of this amazing play. She is a member of the Ruskin Theatre in Santa Monica, where she recently appeared in a new comedy, Bad Habits, starring the late Orson Bean. Other productions include The Mousetrap and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Crown City Theatre, and The Gun and Rainbow Bridge at the Ruskin Theatre. Born in Amsterdam, she studied drama at the Kleinkunst Akademie, and continued her education at The Drama Studio in London.

Deja Fields (Zoe) majored in Musical Theatre and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts 2019 from UCLA’s Theatre Film and Television program. This San Diego native is passionate about her work and has had the privilege of working at various theatre companies throughout San Diego including the San Diego Repertory Theatre, MOXIE Theatre, and lastly The Old Globe. She specializes in Mezzo-Belting Vocal techniques, Acting, Dance, and seeks to use her voice as a tool to share and create new and innovative stories many are afraid to tell.

FACTS ABOUT The Niceties

WHAT: The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

WHERE: On Zoom


Nov 13 @7pm

Nov 14 @7pm with CC

Nove 15 @2pm with CC

TICKETS: $35.00 DISCOUNTS: Seniors, Students, and Military $15.00 rush tickets 60

minutes before the show, groups of 10 or more tickets 25% OFF,

BOX OFFICE: 858-598-7620,, or

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