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Sam's Online Salon: Thoughts, Musings and Looking Ahead from Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse

Plays About the Place We Call Home
Think for a moment about the WHERE of the plays you have seen and loved. Most stories are local - be that locality New York City ( Lin - Manuel Miranda )  or London ( Caryll Churchill ) or the Southwestern desert (  Sam Shepard ). Why can't a play be set in Southern California or San Diego or on the border.

 It can. At San Diego REP we have repeatedly done just that. I call it " theatre about the place we call home. " Here are three of my favorites...

Sam's Online Salon: Please Tell Me a Story

Over the past 6 years, audiences at San Diego REP have enjoyed a regular offering of unforgettable one-person shows. Rather than thinking a solo performance is somehow “less than,” I find such performances uniquely engaging and satisfying.
 
Remember with me for a moment…

The Guild at the Lyceum - Art Exhibit Moved Online

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild was originally scheduled to hold their 2020 Membership Exhibition in the Lyceum Gallery during the spring run of Hershey Felder's A Paris Love Story. With the theatre dark, the Guild has decided to hold their exhibit online. You can now view works by over 30 artists, showcasing a wide breadth of subjects and mediums, online through June 30th!

Sam's Online Salon: Truth in Comedy

I have been an ardent fan of and a decades long practitioner of comedy. My first venture into what I will call the world of Absurd and Irreverent Comedy was when, fresh out of grad school at Cal Arts, I joined the San Diego theatre troupe Indian Magique in the early 1970’s. We played weekends in Zorro Gardens in Balboa Park just west of the Space Theatre…..

Horton Plaza Construction Update

As you may be aware, Horton Plaza Mall, where the REP is located, was purchased by LA-based real estate investment firm, Stockdale Capital Partners, and is on its way to transition to an office campus. Our Audience Engagement Curator, Sherisa Oie, video-conferenced with our Managing Director, Larry Alldredge, to discuss how this construction will affect San Diego REP and your experience, once we are safely able to welcome you back to the theatre.  

Ever Wonder How We Choose Our Season?

Ever wonder how we choose the plays that make up a season at The REP? With hundreds of plays and musicals to choose from and many factors to consider including budget, casting requirements, directors’ availability, diversity of stories and perspectives and more, narrowing it down to a final 6 or 7 can be quite the challenge. REP Literary Manager, Danielle Ward, shares how we do it!

Season 45 Stay and Play Club Book List

Stay and Play is a post-show REP XTRA event hosted by Literary Manager, Danielle Ward, after select matinee performances. The conversation is like a book club for theatre. For those hungry to dig deeper into the themes and contexts of each play on our 45th season, Danielle has assembled a recommended reading list for your enjoyment! 

An Interview with Jeff and Sheila Lipinsky

In 2001, Bernard Lipinsky took a leap of faith and underwrote the first festival, allowing it to grow into one of the most successful Jewish cultural and artistic events in the country. Although Bernard passed away the following year, his legacy of generosity and community service continue to be perpetuated by his children. In 2018, Jeff and Sheila shared their reflections on Bernard Lipinsky’s life, the history of the Jewish Arts Festival, and their family’s legacy.

A Note from Hershey Felder

Our upcoming production at San Diego REP is A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of the great French composer, Claude Debussy. I was to bring you my beloved city of Paris and the story of its music this May, but in order to protect us all, we must postpone our Paris Love Story at San Diego REP to the upcoming November, when we will be able to share in the magic of this city and its music in a safe and healthy environment. If you have your seats already, those seats will be waiting for you in November; you'll be getting an email from San Diego REP with your new date and time soon. If you don’t, I hope to see you join us.

A Little Background on Claude Debussy

In A Paris Love Story, Hershey Felder will bring to life the music of Debussy. Here is an introduction to how Debussy's creative journey began. 

Sam's Online Salon

A weekly note from REP Artistic Director, Sam Woodhouse. 

REP Memories

Stories of favorite memories and moments from REP Productions, shared by REP Artists

Stories from Quarantine

One of our loyal REP patrons sent us a story that brightened our day. If you'd like to share your own story for us to share as well, email it to our Audience Engagement Curator, Sherisa Oie, at soie@sdrep.org

"Intimate, Provocative, Inclusive" Movies and TV Recommended by the REP's Company Manager

While the theatre is dark, our Company Manager, Sarah Zimmerman, has come up with a list of movies and TV Shows available for you to stream online that she feels are aligned with the types of productions we do at the REP. Happy viewing!

Everything You Want to Know About Kuumba Fest

Kuumba Fest founder Dajahn Blevins shares the inside story of the birth through what is now nearly three decades of giving to the community through the festival held at San Diego REP.

The Siguenza Family's Recipe for Chicken Pozole
Need an easy meal the whole family can cook at home while we Quarantine? Herbert Siguenza, his wife Samantha and daughter Belen have shared with us their recipe of "Lazy" Chicken Pozole. 

A Message from Sam Woodhouse

I write to you with deep wishes for your safety and health in these unprecedented times. The staff of San Diego REP are mostly working remotely, observing safe distancing recommendations. All of us are very busy working on the future. There is nothing we wish more than to see you in the seats, our actors on the stage, and the stories that enrich our lives being told and shared. I have always said that there is no San Diego REP without the meeting of audience and artists. The day that we can all meet again will be a day I will never forget...

A Fond Farewell from the House of Joy 

San Diego REP's production of Madhuri Shekar's play, House of Joy, was something truly special. Although it had to close the day after it's opening night performance due to COVID-19 precautions, we didn't want to let it go before giving you an inside look at the heart of what made this production great. Meet the cast as they reflect on their experiences and the impact the play has had on them.

Remainder of March Performances Canceled Due to COVID 19

In light of the recent communications from Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health regarding COVID 19, San Diego Repertory Theatre will be canceling all remaining performances of its production of House of Joy, and all public activities until March 31st, 2020. We are currently in the process of contacting our patrons regarding their ticket options...

It Takes a Village
A glimpse at the intricate work that went into creating a world of paradise for 'House of Joy.'

By San Diego REP's Company Manager, Sarah Zimmerman

Opening the door into 'House of Joy' playwright Madhuri Shekar's Mind

by Danielle Ward, San Diego REP Literary Manager

The Curious Report: An Inside Look at HOUSE OF JOY

Explore context, themes, background information and more surrounding San Diego REP's production of House of Joy!  From what we're excited about, interesting tidbits and food for thought questions, we think you'll enjoy this magazine-like report written by dramaturgs and others and edited by the REP's Literary Manager, Danielle Ward. 

Announcing REP XTRA's for House of Joy!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of the recent communication from Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health regarding COVID 19, San Diego REP has cancelled all remaining performances and surrounding events of its production of 'House of Joy.'. Please contact our box office at 619-544-1000 or applause@sdrep.org with any questions.

Every show, San Diego REP holds free events we call REP Xtras, many of which are also open to the general public, to provide additional opportunities to experience art, engage in dialogue, explore themes of the play and help you enjoy your time at the Lyceum Theatre. Check out the events scheduled for the run of House of Joy!

The Curious Report
Explore context, themes, background information and more surrounding San Diego REP's production of The Humans!  From what we're excited about, interesting tidbits and food for thought questions, we think you'll enjoy this magazine-like report written by dramaturgs and others and edited by the REP's Literary Manager, Danielle Ward. 

Announcing REP XTRA events for "The Humans"

Every show, San Diego REP holds free events we call REP Xtras to provide additional opportunities to experience art, engage in dialogue, explore themes of the play and enjoy your time at the Lyceum Theatre. Check out the events scheduled for the run of The Humans!

What does it mean to you to be an American?


We asked our audiences what it means to them to be an American. See some of the responses!

Hear from Herbert: What is the REP's Playwright-in-Residence up to?

What do Moliere, Isaac Asimov and the San Diego Airport have in common? Our playwright-in-residence Herbert Siguenza! Read about it here as he gives a glimpse into his creative world. 


Helping the REP Give Back

Volunteer Jane Hopkins shares how she serves the REP by helping us serve others in our community. 

Behind-the-Scenes: Casting a Production

How are actors chosen for a REP Production? Hear about the journey and collaborative process of casting a show from the REP's Casting Director, Kim Heil!

Shared Space and Profound Connection

The REP's Audience Engagement Curator shares an impacting story from a REP XTRA event during Hold These Truths. 

A Message from Sam Woodhouse and larry Alldredge

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