Past Shows

The Klezmer Accordion with Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

Please note: There are no longer tickets available for this event.

How accordion was featured in the music of Jews and Roma. All-star band featuring Fred Benedetti on guitar, Gunnar Briggs on bass, vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz and special guest accordionist Peter Stan. From classical to folk, to masterful improvisations by Peter Stan. Musical gems and stories of two wandering people with a world premier accordion composition by musician and historian Yale Strom.

Klezmer Summit: Blueish: Jews and the Blues

An all-star concert celebration of the intersection of Jews and Blues.

10th Annual Women of Valor

This year’s honorees: Theresa Dupuis, Barbara Fischbein, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Allison Price, Cheryl Rattner Price, Jacqui Silver and Manya Wallenfells. The 10th anniversary celebration honors seven women who have made indelible contributions to our San Diego community. With moving songs, stories and images we ask, "A woman of valor, who shall find?

Asimov's Last Chapter -- By Herbert Siguenza

Join acclaimed playwright/performer Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash for a special sneak preview staged reading of his latest play.  It is 1992, Asimov is ill and must archive his voluminous writings before it’s too late.  He gets an unexpected visit from a beautiful, brilliant and well-wired student on assignment to preserve his legacy and perhaps save humanity as well! 

Perla Batalla Sings the Songs of Leonard Cohen

Following last spring’s sold-out standing ovation triumph, Perla Batalla returns with a new selection of the greatest songs of Leonard Cohen.

10th Annual Women of Valor

10th anniversary celebration honors seven women who have made incredible contributions to our San Diego community. With song, images and a dramatic reading, the Festival asks from the illustrious proverb, “A woman of valor, who shall find?”

A Community Unity Concert with Kol Esperanza

From Israel, in this community unity concert, this young operatic pop-trio performs a mix of Broadway hits, classical arias and inspirational Hebrew favorites. An exciting pop-trio that bridges generations the world over. "Am yisrael Chai!"

In Every Generation

One Family. One holiday. Four millennia. In Every Generation was named one of the top Jewish plays in 2019.

Sunset Concert with Soulfarm at The HIVE

Celebrate the upcoming Festival of First Fruits with a picnic dinner and sunset concert by Soulfarm overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Featuring Grammy Award-winner, lead guitarist C Lanzbom, and guitarist and singer extraordinaire, Noah Solomon. Their world-beat original and popular Jewish songs are full of Mediterranean flavor with captivating guitar leads, dance rhythms and strong percussion breaks. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to bring a wine and picnic dinner. Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Knockin' On Dylan's Door

Bob Dylan’s most transcendent songs with a Jewish twist of faith.

In the Room Where It Happens

San Diego Jewish Teen Performance Showcase. Talented Teen’s from San Diego schools and beyond perform music, dance, theatre and spoken word.

Gourevitch & Guitarist Kolpakov

Klezmer virtuoso clarinetist Alexander Gourevitch is joined by Latin, Flamenco and Romany guitarist Sasha Kolpakov. Both hail from third generation musical families, one klezmer and one gypsy. With Natalya Vostriakova on violin, Pavlo Getman on piano and Carlos Maria on drums, this is a thrilling performance of joyous klezmer gems. This free of charge Festival kick-off will revive your musical heart and soul.

San Diego Ballet presents Song of Songs

King Solomon’s timeless mystical love song is brought to life with 22 dancers and rousing jazz and klezmer music in a stunning world premiere!  San Diego Ballet is famous for their elegant sensuality and theatricality.  This new piece features original music by jazz legend Charles McPherson and Middle Eastern music by Yale Strom.  Song of Songs celebrates a poem beloved by people from all walks of life and beliefs. Song of Songs illuminates the voices of two lovers praising each other, yearning for each other and inviting each other to truly enjoy and experience. Get swept away in the lush ecstasy of timelessness!


With humor and tremendous heart, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is a story of a group of close friends who share everything. When layoffs shake up the factory where they work, the fragile bonds begin to splinter and the neighborhood bar turns into a battleground.

The Mexican Friendship Circle at Border Field

Seeking asylum, Octavio Hernandez crosses the U.S.-Mexico border into California while his wife and daughter are detained by U.S. border forces. As he strives to save money to reunite his family and develops a friendship with a Japanese immigrant, Octavio confronts the uncertainty and complicated nature of pursuing and realizing one’s dream.

Hershey Felder, Beethoven

San Diego’s beloved artist, Hershey Felder, returns with an entirely new take on the world’s greatest composer, BEETHOVEN.  This promises to be his most unforgettable journey yet. 

An unforgettable story of love, family and the healing power of food.


사랑과 가족, 그리고 음식을 통해 치유하는 잊을 수 없는 스토리     
Amigo's del REP presents a staged reading of "ROE"

Acclaimed playwright Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion.

Winter Schminter

Join Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival favorites, Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, for our third annual Winter Solstice Seasonal Celebration! Klezmer and folk music from around the world to celebrate the holiday season is sure to be fun for the whole family! Some of the music will be from Strom's brand new recording, "Yale Strom's Broken Consort: Shimmering Lights."

A Doll's House, Part 2

This sharp-witted sequel to Ibsen’s masterpiece begins with a knock on the same door Nora exited fifteen years ago. A Doll’s House, Part 2, which garnered eight Tony Award nominations, is a blistering and very funny meditation on marriage and the high cost of personal fulfillment.

A Doll's House

Hear insightful and dramatic excerpts from Henrik Ibsen’s original "A Doll’s House," one of most-produced and seminal plays in modern theatre. Join actors from AMIGOS DEL REP, an ensemble of local Latinx artists, for a music stand reading from Ibsen’s original play.

Historias Tenebrosas

Historias Tenebrosas (Spooky Stories) is an elaborate and unique cultural event that will entertain, educate and enlighten FAMILIES OF ALL AGES. 


Princeton freshmen Tom and Amber share an attraction.  At an alcohol-infused party one thing leads to another, and the next day the two find themselves in contentious territory with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives.  What actually happened between them? 

Actually is that rare play that you won't stop talking about!

Real Women Have Curves

A staged reading set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in September 1987. Ana is a young girl who yearns to become a writer while learning about gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience from the women who surround her.

Fun Home

CRITIC'S CHOICE, San Diego Union-Tribune.

Based on Alison Bechdel's witty and wistful graphic novel of the same name, Fun Home was the most acclaimed musical of 2015, winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score.


In this staged reading, Azul is a memory play that traces three generations in two movements. When Zelia, a lifelong New Yorker, faces the loss of her Cuban-born mother, Yadra, and her own sense of identity in the process, she digs into her legacy and uncovers the story of her mother's beloved aunt. While the family fled Cuba at the time of Castro's revolution, their tia-abuela remained on the island for the love of another woman.

The Book of Leonidas

In this staged reading, Lenny is a Dominican-American hustler selling loosies on the same street corner in Queens that his father, Leonidas, used to rule over as legendary crime lord in the '70's. From his loosie profits he supports and lives with his repressive mother who derides him for not living up to Leonidas' criminal legacy. Lenny finds an escape while working on his graphic novels until he stumbles into love with a pretty white girl, Lindsey. As their relationship deepens, the pressure of who he wants to be and who he was meant to be, careen into a final conclusion.

Bees and Honey

A staged reading, Bees and Honey is the unraveling of a love story. Manuel and Johaira have been together for almost a decade. Meeting young, at pivotal moments in their lives, they fell in love and got married. Although both were raised in the “‘hood”, each had different perspectives on how their experiences affected their choices. Johaira, a smart young lawyer from a working class immigrant family has always been an independent spirit that gets things done. Manuel, is an entrepreneur on the rise with a mechanic shop that is on the cusp of expansion. Both have ambitions and dreams that they hope to achieve together. But the funny thing about life is that as much as you make plans, life finds ways to change them. Johaira lands a career defining case that rocks her confidence and has her questioning her husband’s will to adopt a more feminist way of thinking. Manuel’s business is flourishing and growing, but when his mother falls ill he has little choice but to care for her, adding more tension to things at home. When tragedy strikes, their love for each other is tested

WET: A DACAmented Journey, A Festival Showcase Production

WET: A DACAmented Journey, a special enagement, is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one: on paper. It chronicles the story of Anner Cividanis' Journey of living his whole life in the United States as an undocumented American. The play captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when considering the very limited options of adjustment of status, by being forced to navigate through a broken U.S. Immigration System. The play examines the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in the only home he has known: Los Angeles.

Bad Hombres/Good Wives

A staged reading of a Latinx farce set in 1995 in Sinaloa. Don Ernesto, a powerful Cartel lord has hidden away a young woman, Eva, in a convent to be trained to be the perfect wife. Eva has come of age and is handed over to Don Ernesto and his deaf housekeeper Armida, but Eva first meets a handsome young man she quickly falls for, but that young man turns out to be the son of Don Ernesto’s recently murdered rival. The young man mistakenly reveals his plans to rescue Eva to Don Ernesto. Ernesto sends a pair of bumbling hitmen to kill the young man, but the young man’s Banda singing mother stops them and catches Ernesto when he goes in to do the job himself. Ernesto falls for the singer, freeing Eva and the young man to marry.  

Andy Statman: An American Musical Treasure

Andy Statman is one of the world’s premier mandolin and clarinet players, performing traditional Jewish music, bluegrass, and Americana on both instruments. A GRAMMY nominee and recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, Statman has performed and recorded with the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, Vassar Clements, and Stéphane Grappelli. Andy will be performing with his trio, Jim Whitney, bass, and Larry Eagle, drums.

Performance takes place at Lawrence Family JCC, David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Losing the Nobel Prize

This world premiere staged reading is an adventure story of the birth of universe that spans the globe from Rhode Island to the South Pole, from California to Chile. Keating takes us on a personal journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to vivid life the take-no-prisoners world of modern science.

Performance takes place at Congregation Adat Yeshurun, La Jolla

Perla Batalla in The House of Cohen

Perla Batalla in The House of Cohen reveals the timelessness of Leonard Cohen’s music. Batalla’s signature cross-cultural style conveys her sincere respect and deep love for the music, poetry and most of all her dear friend, Leonard Cohen.

From Rags to Riches! A Musical Journey with Jacquelyne Silver

Join pianist and stage personality Jacquelyne Silver, as she takes you through a new and unique program of music and storytelling! This special performance will include music from Beethoven to Broadway to Ragtime and Jazz, with Miss Silver continually weaving her fascinating story of her life in music. An event not to miss!

Performance takes place at the Encinitas Library

In Every Generation

In Every Generation is a mystical journey through continents, languages and generations of a family and nation’s stories. An Italian Jewish family joins together for Passover seders year after year, era to era. Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, sibling rivalries simmer, plagues fall and miracles are both remembered and forgotten.

Performance takes place at North Coast Rep, Solana Beach

Spanish language reading of Heridas Graves, a translation of Gruesome Playground Injuries

Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

Teatro Punto y Coma present The Mudanza

In this staged reading of a new play, a modern day couple moves into a new town and quickly realizes that years of miscommunication threaten to end the adventure before it even begins. The beloved theatre company of the Mexican Jewish community features: Salomon Maya, Stephanie Frid, Jaya Rubinstein, Carlos Lubezky, Zeji Ozeri, Joel Chait and Carlos Sayd.

An Evening of Comedy with Elon Gold: Pro-Semite

Enjoy an evening of laughs with world renowned Jewish comedian Elon Gold! Gold’s comedy and acting credits include Stacked, In-Laws, Bones, The Dana Carvey Show, Frasier, The Mentalist, Chappelle’s Show, ten appearances on The Tonight Show and a one-hour special on Netflix. Millions around the globe have shared his routine on Christmas trees. His one-man show “Elon Gold: Pro-Semite” premiered at the Montreal Comedy Festival.

9th Annual Women of Valor

A woman of valor who shall find? With music, stories and images the 9th celebration of six inspirational women who have made a huge impact in our community. This year’s honorees are:  Dr. Ellen Beck, Marsha Berkson, Sura Leider, Evelyn Rady, Ruth Sax and Jill Spitzer.

Thursday, June 7 – 7:30pm, Lyceum Space
Sunday, June 10 – 1:00pm, 3:00pm, Encinitas Library

The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz)

With Live Score performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals.

San Diego premiere of the digitally restored 1923 German classic with an original score by composer Donald Sosin performing live with Klezmatics co-founder violinist Alicia Svigals. Its moving depiction of a cantor’s son who breaks tradition to become an actor was the inspiration for the fi lm classic, The Jazz Singer

Performance takes place at the Lawrence Family JCC, David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre


The 17th Annual Klezmer Summit

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi headline a celebration bringing together stars of the past 17 years: Alexander Gourevitch and Freilechs, singer Elizabeth Schwartz, contrabass virtuoso Bert Turetsky, jazz all-star Gilbert Castellanos and soulful fiddler Myla Wingard. Complimentary kosher knishes!

JFest 25th Anniversary Gala

*Please note that this event is actually not at the Lyceum Theatre, but at the panoramic home of Barbara Fischbein in Rancho Santa Fe.

Join us on Sunday, May 27 for a Gala in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the  Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival!  With a cocktail reception, gourmet kosher dinner and a featured performance by Hershey Felder, guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening under the stars, all while helping support San Diego Repertory Theatre and the next 25 years of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. 

Time:  Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:00pm-9:30pm

Venue: Home of Barbara Fischbein


America’s leading baritone Nathan Gunn sings selections from classic American musicals, contemporary songs and a little bit of opera fun in his personal story, FLYING SOLO. “America’s greatest Baritone" recounts how he became elder of his heritage, the Scottish Clan GUNN, and learned what life is really about. Written and Directed by San Diego's favorite Hershey Felder.


Join us for some Democracy and Dessert!  Stand up and voice your opinion or sit back and enjoy the delectable ride in this one of a kind theatrical event. You are invited to Beachtown's 100th anniversary celebration to experience democracy in action!

2018 Kuumba Fest

The African-American Advisory Council of San Diego Repertory Theatre presents the 26th Annual Kuumba Festival: Black 2 Position (Trust and Respect). 


A love story like no other, this sexy comedy offers a mashup of comic book aesthetics, martial arts and hip-hop, while recounting a family’s true history of fleeing Vietnam and immigrating to America.

Winter Schminter: A Hanukkah/Solstice Concert

Come join Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival favorite, Yale Strom and his band, Hot Pstromi, for a Hanukkah and Winter Solstice Celebration! Klezmer music to ring in the season is sure to be fun for the whole family! Tickets $18 Featuring Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi Mark Dresser - bass Fred Benedetti - guitar Elizabeth Schwartz - vocals


Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

The musical story of an immigrant boy who gave a country its voice.

Black Pearl Sings!

Two strong women strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses boundaries of power, heritage and privilege. Featuring over 20 Folk and Spiritual songs, this transcendent tale reveals the bridges that can be built through the power of song.

Historias Tenebrosas

Historias Tenebrosas (Spooky Stories) is an elaborate and unique cultural event that will entertain, educate and enlighten FAMILIES OF ALL AGES about the similarities and difference between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

Hand to God

Sesame Street meets The Exorcist. This irreverent and sidesplitting comedy is the most produced play in America.

Just Like Us

Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two who are not—through young adulthood. A benefit reading for organizations serving DACA youth.

Roz & Ray

Set in San Diego, this time bending story sheds light on a little-known chapter in American medical history. Roz & Ray offers a profound story of love, trust, sacrifice and healing.

FAT Extravaganza

The AAAC of the SD REP ask that you support us as we empower Urban communities through 26 years of Cultural Enrichment, using the Arts to promote Healthy, Active, Fit youth and communities.

Latinx New Play Festival

Amigos del REP presents the Latinx New Play Festival


The extraordinary life of Eva Perón is brought to life in one of the most celebrated musicals of all time, winner of more than 20 major awards.

El Nogalar

A new adaptation of a classic story, set in modern day Northern México where class pressure and social turmoil threaten traditions, families, land and lifestyle.

The Cherry Orchard

Amigos brings the classic version of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. 

Jewish Arts Festival

2017 Lineup includes new work by Hershey Felder, new dance by Malashock Dance, a new film by Isaac Artenstein, a memoire by Andrew Viterbi, three new plays, new Klezmer Summit and Women of Valor, new music theatre by Michael Roth, and much more.

To Be Dali
Come celebrate the life and art of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí as well as his ideas of living artfully and being master creators of our destinies.
Into the Beautiful North
Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarias’ adaptation of a quest of epic proportions that looks at the dreams shared on both sides of the border.
Native Gardens

Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny world premiere by the author of Into the Beautiful North

25TH Annual Kuumba Festival: Black To Power


FEBRUARY 24-26, 2017


Sex with Strangers

The sensuous and provocative comedy about fame, cyber identity and big ambition is a critical and audience favorite all across America.

Our Great Tchaikovsky

Using his virtuosic signature storytelling and musical stylings, Hershey Felder presents a time bending story of culture and politics around the greatest music ever composed.

The Solid Sand Below

A visceral examination of the intoxicating nature of war.

Winter Schminter

Come join Lipinski Family Jewish Arts Festival favorite, Yale Strom and his band, Hot Pstromi, for a Hanukkah and Winter Solstice Celebration! 

Abuelito's Mexican Christmas Carol

A special family-friendly theatrical reading of a holiday classic, presented at the Downtown Library!

A Snow White Christmas

This American panto version of the classic fairytale is a fun-filled, family friendly show featuring singing, dancing and interactive fun and magic.

The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam's Wedding

World-renowned performer Ron Campbell is joined by Klezmer musician Yale Strom in this immersive retelling of the greatest Jewish play in history.

After Orlando

An international theatre response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL.

Sitar Concert by Ronobir

In addition to playing the leading role in Disgraced, Ronobir Lahiri is an accomplished and innovative sitar player. 

Historias Tenebrosas

Amigos del REP's elaborate and unique cultural annual event that will entertain, educate and enlighten families of all ages about the similarities and difference between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. 


A Pulitzer Prize winning drama that dares to face the truth about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers and the lies we tell ourselves.

El Cipitio

Original Culture Clash members, Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas (both Salvadorans), team up for this darkly comic work based on the novel "The Lives and Times of El Cipitío" by Randyl Ertll. 

The Sweetheart Deal

Mari and Will leave their middle class life to help the violent struggle for migrant farmworkers' rights in 1970s California.

Manifest Destinitis: An early California adaptation of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid"

From a founding member of Culture Clash and the award-winning writer of El Henry, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso and Steal Heaven comes an outrageously hilarious adaptation of Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid.

F.A.T. Extravaganza 2016

Celebrate Labor Day with a legendary expeience at the Fundraiser of FAT Extravaganza's special event to support the 25th annual celebration.

King Liz

Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man's industry has to fight to stay on top.

Club Cafe

Amigos del REP's exciting and vibrant variety show, highlighting and celebrating the diverse talents of San Diego's latino/a community.

Hershey Felder in MAESTRO
Combining first person narrative, and his own music as well as music that inspired him, Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO is a tale spanning the entire 20th century.
Letters from the Wall - Cartas del Muro

An ongoing series of vignettes based on actual letters and real life stories of those affected by the United States/Mexico international border wall, immigration, deportation and  separation.

The Joys and Oys of Language

Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer will take you on a joy ride through the glories and oddities of our marvelous English language, in which your nose can run and your feet can smell.

REP Ruby Reunion

San Diego REP is celebrating its 40th anniversary by throwing a big birthday bash! The REP Ruby Reunion will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 6:30 - 9:30pm in the spectacular Shiley Special Events Suite Central Library @ Joan & Irwin Jacobs Common.

7th Annual Women of Valor

The Festival once again honors six inspirational San Diego Jewish women and tells the story of their lives, joys, challenges and accomplishments. 

15th Annual Klezmer Summit

Klezmer with an Old Timey swing. Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi will be joined by very special guest Hot Tuna’s Barry Mitterhoff to perform “Mountain Music” from Klezmer of the Carpathian Ukraine to Old Timey Americana  from Appalachia.  


A world premier comedy by the theatre company of San Diego’s Mexican Jewish community.

Yale Strom's "Chaldean Jazz"

Yale Strom's latest composition explores the traditional music of San Diego’s southern Iraqi refugee community. Featuring an all-star Jazz quintet, it explores Chaldean melodies and modalities through a jazz lens. 

Enemy of the Pueblo

A modern take on Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People from one of today's preeminent Chicana playwrights.

Rapture, Blister, Burn

In this electrically smart hit comedy three generations of women examine life, love, sex and happiness and try to answer the question, what do women really want?

Last Angry Brown Hat

After an old friend's funeral, Willie and his former Chicano Power buddies confront their youthful anger in the context of their adult responsibilities.

Fail Better

Join award-winning actor, director, educator, martial artist and Cirque du Soleil clown Ron Campbell on a quixotic journey through the pitfalls and pratfalls of being human.

R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery ) OF THE UNIVERSE

Written and Directed by D.W. Jacobs.

From: The life, work, and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller.

Performed by Ron Campbell.

Short Eyes

A powerful drama about building community and maintaining sanity while serving out a prison sentence.

24th Annual San Diego Kuumba Fest

Kuumbafest is San Diego’s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage.


Outside Mullingar

From the Oscar-winning writer of “Moonstruck,” this romantic comedy is a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love.

The Last Book Of Homer

Numb Nuts is a screenwriter who gets kidnapped by a drug cartel while shooting a movie in Mexico about the Trojan War.

The Oldest Boy

A bewitching and beautiful meditation on motherhood, love and letting go as two parents decide whether their 3-year-old son should move to India to train as a Buddhist master.


When NYU students Ibrahim and Paloma study an ancient Muslim treatise on the art and practice of love, they debate the complexities of romantic relationships while falling into one.


Somalia Quartet

Somalia Quartet will be performed by the acclaimed Hausman Quartet.  Hailed as “an accomplished young foursome with a luscious sound and an experimental bent”, the Hausmann Quartet has become known for its powerful, dynamic performances and commitment to community engagement

My Manana Comes

My Mañana Comes is a humorous and haunting story about sacrifice and survival in pursuit of the American Dream

Conversations With Mama

A middle-aged man visits his elderly mother to convince her to move from her apartment in Queens, NY. As she resists his efforts, they confront the complications in both of their lives

This Land

Over 150 years, four families with ancestry in different parts of the world make their home on one particular plot of Southern California land now known as Watts.


The Award winning musical about the true meaning of beauty, featuring show-stopping anthems of country, bluegrass, gospel and blues music.

Into The Beautiful North
The Pianist Of Willesden Lane

A San Diego favorite returns! Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime.

The Sick Californio

Amigos del REP Proudly present, a world premiere staged reading of, "The Sick Californio"

Women Of Valor

A completely new version of the Festival’s yearly celebration of the lives and inspiration good works for five of San Diego’s most incredible Jewish women.

14th Annual Klezmer Summit
This  features Ms. Barton Pine joining illustrious Festival favorites Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi in presenting klezmer music with scintillating improvisation and virtuosic technique. 
Opening the program will be the talented singers of the San Diego Jewish Men’s choir under the direction of Ruth Weber who will be performing selections from their upcoming newest CD.

Presented by Teatro Punto y Coma, “Gridlock” is a dramatic story filled with comedic surprises. This performance of “Gridlock” is the world premiere reading of their upcoming production, “Gridlock” by Salomon Maya.

A Wandering Feast

 2nd Avenue Klezmer features an all-star cast of musicians. The popular quintet features the theatrical Yiddish vocals of favorite Deborah Davis, along with virtuoso clarinetist Robert Zelickman, guitarist Jiri Svoboda, drummer Bob Weller and contrabass legend Bertram Turetzky.

Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival

The Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Festival has been presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre for 22 years. The festival is a celebration of artistic expressions of Jewish history, traditions and ideas. The festival has brought together artists from 13 different countries, produced numerous world premieres, and presented work in seven languages.

'Women of Juarez'

This powerful docudrama tells the story of a mother searching for her missing daughter in the border city of Juárez where hundreds of women have disappeared or have been found murdered in the past decade. 

Everybody's Talkin'

Tony Award Winners Gregory Jbara & Alice Ripley in The World Premiere Musical Event!

When the Beatles were asked to name their favorite American musical artist at a press conference in New York, they shouted out “NILSSON!"



San Diego REPertory Theatre announces a four-part special event schedule to kick off the company’s 40th anniversary celebration.

The schedule continues with George Brant’s one-woman show “Grounded” starring Heather Ramey in the Lyceum Space on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. Named one of the 10 best plays of the year by The Guardian, this award-winning play seamlessly blends the personal and the political.

Unbroken Blossoms

San Diego REPertory Theatre announces a four-part special event schedule to kick off the company’s 40th anniversary celebration.

After accusations of racism dogged the release of his masterpiece “The Birth of A Nation,” director D.W. Griffith made “Broken Blossoms” to prove he was no bigot. 

Uncanny Valley

Chasing immortality by downloading your thoughts and memories into an everlasting human-shaped computer may sound like science fiction, but current research in robotics and artificial intelligence actually makes this possible. The challenge is to get past the "uncanny valley"— the discomfort people experience when seeing electronic recreations of human beings that are not quite believable.

Oedipus El Rey



In 430 BC, the playwright Sophocles wrote one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Western world: Oedipus Rex, the tale of a king who from birth was destined to murder his father and marry his mother.

*Contains adult themes, violence, language and nudity.*

Steal Heaven

Do you ever wonder if activism in America can provoke real change? Is it possible to stand up and shout and really make a difference?

Maybe it’s time to get a little crazy! This is where bad-boy Abbie Hoffman (played by Herbert Siguenza) comes in. You know about Abbie, right? He was the political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party (“Yippies”) on New Year’s eve of 1968. But did you know that this icon of youthful rebellion now serves as the patron saint of radicals? In his little corner of heaven, Abbie conducts a boot camp for activists who have the chutzpah required to go back to Earth to become new agents of change. 


Greg Kalleres’ inspired satire centers around a basketball shoe company called Sky Max that traditionally markets toward urban youth. But when a young African American is shot for a pair, sales suddenly triple among rich, white teens.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

“Stunning theatre that will leave you emotionally breathless… a theatrical experience not to be missed.” —Broadway World


Grammy-nominated pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek

shares the gripping tale of a young girl who holds on to her music in order to stay alive. In Vienna, 1938, a 14 year old piano prodigy finds her dreams of becoming a concert pianist threatened by the looming war in Europe. When her parents buy her a one way ticket to England on the Kindertransport, the children’s survival train, an amazing story of art preserving life begins...


The story is set in 1958 at a critical point in the career of the superstar abstract expressionist painter. Rothko has been challenged to create a definitive work of art for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. His problem: the threatening presence of a neophyte assistant, a voice of a new generation of artists that question Rothko’s theories and label him a sell-out. Surrounded by massive black and red canvases that pulsate with color, the result is an exhilarating and combative battle between student and master in search of the very highest art possible.



The Obie winner and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize is a playful and primal cocktail about the American dream and the pursuit of happiness.

Ben and Mary are a couple comfortably settled into their suburban American lifestyle. One day the free spirits Sharon and Kenny suddenly move into the long–empty house next door. Ben and Mary break out the booze and fire up the backyard barbeque to welcome their new neighbors.

With biting humor, playwright D’Amour challenges American cultural assumptions about status, comfort, ambition, and community.

In The Time Of The Butterflies

In the Dominican Republic in the mid-20th century, Generalisimo Rafael Trujillo (El Jefe) ruled his tiny but strategic country with the brutal extravagance of a modern day Napoleon. Nothing threatened his fantasy of unlimited power - nothing except a secret underground movement, at the center of which were four sisters known by the code name butterflies. The gently blooming but unstoppable resistance against the dictator by Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa inspired novelist Julia Alvarez to write the best-selling book, In the Time of the Butterflies. 

Venus In Fur

Get ready for a wild night of theatre.

This Broadway smash and Tony Award® Best Play nominee begins innocently enough: a young actress is auditioning before ademanding playwright/director for the role of a lifetime. But soon the tale takes a darker, edgy turn as we learn the play is based on the 1870 erotic novella Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (Mr. Masochism himself). When these two emotionally-charged artists get wrapped up in an ultimate test of wills, it’s man versus woman, director versus actress, and writer versus muse...all with a little leather and lace mixed in.

Un fin de semana con Pablo Picasso

Hace tres años el escritor y actor Herbert Siguenza (Culture Clash) tuvo la audacia de escribir y actuar como Pablo Picasso, el pintor de mayor influencia en la historia moderna. El REP tuvo un evento de tres semanas qué fue la sensacíon del momento. Ahora este trabajo crucial totalmente realizado es todo un excito con aplausos de la audiencia en Los Angeles, Bay Area, Houston y Denver, la jira de Siguenza de un solo hombre regresa mas fuerte qué nunca.

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso


Three years ago the actor/writer Herbert Siguenza (Culture Clash) had the audacity to write an original play and star as Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist in modern history. The REP hosted a 3-week workshop that quickly became a sensation. 

In The Heights


This exuberant Tony Award®-winning musical presents the universal story of a vibrant immigrant community seeking their 21st century version of the American dream.


The ultimate Jewish Jam band rocks the house. Their live shows are full of Mediterranean flavor with captivating guitar leads, dance rhythms and strong percussion breaks.
In partnership with NCSY San Diego.
Steal Heaven


A staged reading based on the life of activist Abbie Hoffman. Abbie, now in an other-wordly Jewish home for the aged, teaches Twitter generation protesters. A political comedy that will raise the roof and maybe the Pentagon too!
Women of Valor


A woman of valor who shall fi nd? A partial answer is found in this new staged reading with music about 6 inspirational San Diego women.This year’s reading features portraits of Leslie Caspi, Shir Hebron, Audrey Jacobs, Jennie Starr, Judith Handler and the late Marla Bennett.
All proceeds will benefi t: SCY High, Torah High, the Jewish Academy,and StandWithUs.
The 12th Annual Klezmer Summit


1940’s Jazz had a special Jewish swing.Benny Goodman was the first musician to bring African American jazz musicians to Carnegie Hall.Yale Strom presents “Jews in Jazz” featuring renowned jazz cellist Fred Katz and Hot Pstromi. Strom’s all-star band includes guest trumpeter Gilbert Castellenos, Tripp Sprague, Lou Fanucchi, Jeff Pekarek, Duncan Moore, Fred Benedetti, and vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz.
Complimentary Kosher Knishes.
Panel discussion on “Jews in Jazz” with Fred Katz & Yale Strom at 6:30pm.


The Figueroa Family and its Jewish Roots


Guillermo Figueroa, former Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony and Puerto Rico Symphony and his sister Ivonne Figueroa present a piano and violin concert along with stories and photographs.
This program is part of ADL’s ¡Celébrate! The Jewish Experience in Spanish Speaking Countries.
Complimentary wine reception at 7pm.


Federal Jazz Project
Sizzling New Jazz
Poetry Rising Like Smoke
An Unforgettable Story About
An Unbreakable Bond Between 
Two Sisters Named San Diego And Tijuana
The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that we as a people will get to the Promised Land." King, who lived every day in the face of death, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Frederick Douglass Now

Written and Directed and presented by Roger Guenveur Smith

his acclaimed solo piece about abolitionist and pioneering feminist, Frederick Douglass for three performances only. Born in a slave cabin, self taught, and passionately committed to justice and equality, Douglass earned an international reputation as a lecturer and activist. Using text from Douglass’ classic 19th century works and his own original narrative, Smith explores the African American experience in a riveting performance.

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris
Directed by Sam Woodhouse

Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, 2011 Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is an unforgettable new story about race, class, and real estate in America.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

Written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

After a seven year hiatus, a holiday production returns to San Diego REPertory Theatre. Christmas will never be the same once you share the holiday with the inspired lunacy of the masters of condensing the classics – the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing

By Todd Salovey
with Vaughn Armstrong, Dave Crossland, and Jim Mooney
Directed by Todd Salovey 

Musical Direction and Arrangements by Bruno Louchouarn

featuring Lisa Payton

Back by popular demand is the production that had San Diego singing in three-part harmony and provoked standing ovations at every one of its workshop production performances. This fall, San Diego REP will present an expanded and fully developed production of last season’s runaway hit.

The Exit Interview

Please join us for an evening of fearlessly ambitious, deliciously witty and insatiably curious comedy, The Exit Interview is written by William Missouri Downs, directed by Sam Woodhouse and stars Herbert Siguenza (Culture Clash and A Weekend with Pablo Picasso) Laugh now, but expect the unexpected.

Zoot Suit

By Luis Valdez
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Choreography by Javier Velasco
Musical Direction by Bill Doyle

Zoot Suit will be produced through the same partnership between San Diego REP and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts that made “Hairspray” (2010) ...

The Who's TOMMY



The Story

The world’s first rock opera is now re-imagined for the 21st century! “The most exhilarating music ever written” (Los Angeles Times) will rock the Lyceum Stage this summer with our brand new production of the Tony Award-winning stage version of one of the greatest albums in history.

Walter Cronkite is Dead.

The Story

“In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.” —Walter Cronkite Join us for the West Coast premiere of an intimate comedy that takes the vitriolic rhetoric of red state vs. blue state and asks us to view “the other” with our eyes wide open.

The Sick Californio

Amigos del REP Proudly present, a world premiere staged reading of, "The Sick Californio"

A Dolls House Part 2

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, Lynne Nottage goes where few playwrights have dared to go—into the heart of working-class America.  Her insightfully observed characters all went to the same schools, work at the same factory, drink at the same bar and are going to hell in the same hand basket. 

Real Women Have Curves
Doll's House

Here is your chance to hear insightful and dramatic excerpts from Henrik Ibsen’s original A Doll’s House, one of most produced and seminal plays in modern theatre. Join actors from AMIGOS DEL REP, an ensemble of local Latinx artists, for a music stand reading from Ibsen’s original play. Adapted and directed by Amigos del REP Producer Sylvia Enrique.

Laughs in Spanish

Laughs in Spanish is a fast paced, cafecíto-induced comedy about art and success—and mothers and daughters—and learning to love the people we can’t change.

through 2012