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San Diego Repertory Theater cancels shows, lays off staff

Ticket holders will be contacted by the REP no later than Friday, June 10 via email regarding their options.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The San Diego Repertory Theater announced Wednesday that due to a lack of funding, it will be canceling remaining scheduled productions for the year and laying off all staff by June 19.

The 46-year-old theater released a statement detailing the reasons for the decision.

“Several factors contributed to this action plan, including financial issues, significant funding that did not materialize, the challenges of operating venues and bringing audiences into a building under an active construction site. , low ticket sales amid the pandemic, as well as the need to restructure,” the statement read.

Canceled shows include upcoming productions of Twelfth Night, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Grand Master Funk and select Jewish Arts Festival events.

The theater’s board is considering financial restructuring options, including potential bankruptcy reorganization.

“We are suspending operations so that we can hopefully navigate through this difficult time towards a new, financially viable future for the company, while honoring REP’s deeply held mission to produce diverse and socially responsible theater of a quality exceptional,” said Abigail Buell, general manager of the theatre. “Recently, the San Diego REP has been subject to extraordinary financial stressors and challenges, including major flooding of our theater, operating in the midst of an active construction zone, and substantial loss of revenue to the aftermath of the pandemic.

“Much of the funding from multiple sources has not materialized, and we have not been able to identify major donors at this time,” she said. “These events have accelerated REP into an untenable position. We cannot continue to operate within the same financial model of the past.”

Information for ticket holders:

Ticket holders will be contacted by the REP no later than Friday, June 10 via email regarding their options.

Canceled events include:

  • twelfth night
  • Curious incident of the dog in the night
  • Grand Master Funk
  • In Every Generation (previously announced cancellation)
  • The art of Shtisel
  • Joel Grey’s Favorite Pieces
  • “A World to Come”, part of The Whole Megillah Theater Festival
  • “Shanghai”, part of The Whole Megillah play festival
  • Angelina Reaux sings Kurt Weill’s love songs

Ticket holders will be contacted by the REP via email with further information.

  • Sing-Along by Hershey Felder – will be moved to another location
  • Hershey Felder’s Music in the Venice Ghetto – will run as scheduled, with tickets administered by Hershey Felder Productions

Sam Woodhouse, artistic director and co-founder of the theater in 1976, expressed sadness at the move, but hoped for a return to the stage.

“San Diego REP’s suspension of operations is a sad day in the company’s history. But this moment in time also calls for a 360 degree thank you and congratulations, with open arms, to the hundreds of theater professionals who have made 333 productions in REP’s 46-year history,” he said. “The legacy of creative achievement from these productions is deep and lasting.

“Side by side, these passionate artists and artisans are the enlightened audience of REP San Diego. I am also grateful to these insatiably curious San Diegans who have inspired us all at REP to reach the next level,” Woodhouse said. “Our goal is to bring the REP back stronger, to continue doing provocative and progressive theater, and we’re working towards that future.”

While the San Diego Repertory Theater will suspend productions, the Lyceum Theater will continue to host other community and theatrical events.

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