San Jose Rep Goes Dark

With a sadness that makes my bones ache, I learned today that San Jose Repertory Theatre is filing for bankruptcy and closing.

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My friend Janne and I saw a play at San Jose Rep nine days ago.  Three days ago, I read their new season announcement and was very excited to learn about the World Premiere new musical The 12 with Book & Lyrics by Robert Schenkkan (who won the Tony Award for his play All the Way the very day I read this) and Music by Neil Berg, scheduled for fall 2014 (and I wondered if my slight acquaintance with Schenkkan might allow me to wangle my way into rehearsals to do a story on its development).  That is my personal lens for this devastating Bay Area community news.

San Jose Rep has been an important part of the arts community for 34 years and has played a significant role in bringing new works to the stage.   This loss follows the recent shut-down and resuscitation (on a smaller scale) of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the closing of American Musical Theatre of San Jose in 2008, and the myriad financial difficulties of Ballet San Jose.  Every not for profit theatre I know of has serious economic challenges, and ticket prices rarely cover much more than half of annual budgets. The hows and whys and difficulties behind the dearth of funding for the arts is beyond the scope of this post, but it makes me deeply sad, and this latest casualty is a harsh one.

Neighboring professional theatre company TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley is responding to this sad news by assuring its patrons that it is not in danger of lowering a final curtain any time soon, and is offering to honor San Jose Rep tickets for its previously scheduled show Landscape With Weapon for tickets to TheatreWorks’ current production Marry Me a Little, running through June 29, 2014.  In addition, TheatreWorks may be able to work with the Rep’s 2014-2015 subscribers to honor their tickets for TheatreWork’s upcoming season, based on availability.  For details on TheatreWorks’ offer to San Jose Rep patrons, go to www.theatreworks.org.

I will miss my favorite Parterre seat (M301) at San Jose Rep.  Please help keep this from happening to other theatres you love.  Support the arts every way you can.

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  1. Beth Hollenbeck
    Jun 12, 2014

    I am so sorry to learn of this heartbreaking news, Susan. It is a pity that arts funding is so difficult in most communities.

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