The San Diego Repertory Theatre's 29th season continues its commitment to diverse programming, with passionate stories from the heart, accounts of struggle and triumph and tales that transcend borders.
With the conclusion of San Diego Repertory Theatre's current season, the downtown theater recently announced its lineup for the 2004-05 season. The Rep's 29th season continues its commitment to diverse programming, with passionate stories from the heart, accounts of struggle and triumph and tales that transcend borders.
"As one of the premier arts organizations in the region," said Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, "we proudly choose to present a very contemporary eclectic mix that challenges us, and our audiences, to look at the past and the future together from our unique shared perspective as citizens who are daily participating in the creation of a New American culture."
The season kicks off Sept. 25 with Regina Taylor's "Crowns," adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. A street-smart kid from Brooklyn is sent by her mother to live with her grandmother in rural South Carolina where she discovers a glorious culture of proud women who are shaping the future.
The play with music is a tribute to the fabulous church hats and the women who wear them as a means of expression in the presence of God, revealing the cultural heritage of black Americans that reaches through history back to Africa.
In October, Woodhouse directs Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia." "The Goat" is considered Albee's most provocative, daring and controversial play since "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and garnered Tony, New York Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for best play in 2002.
For a New York architect, life couldn't be better -- Martin has just been awarded an international prize and a lucrative contract. He leads a nearly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat, he sets in motion events that will change the future of his "perfect family" forever. This latest masterpiece from the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner is recommended for mature audiences.
In late November, the Rep continues its long tradition of staging Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." The holiday production features original music and arrangements by Steve Gunderson and directed by Associate Director Todd Salovey.
In 2005 the Rep brings in a new show from The Flying Karamazov Brothers, "Life: A Guide for the Perplexed."
Known for their particular blend of silliness, hilarity and juggling, the Flying Ks' new show consists of a series of parables designed to help people survive the modern world. It's a dazzling vaudevillian romp through the stages of life, where audiences can expect the unexpected.
Taking a turn toward the serious, the Rep will produce William Shakespeare's "King Lear" in March.
Shakespeare's unforgettable portrait of the thirst for absolute power tumbling a nation to the brink of disaster tells the moving tale of a loving father searching for answers in the wilderness of his blind ego and his daughters' betrayal. The play will feature Woodhouse in the title role. Salovey directs.
"Corridos Remix -- A Musical Fusion of Ballads Beyond Borders" will have its world premiere on the Rep stage in April.
A "corrido" is a dramatic story told in song, dance and image -- a unique fusion of music, theatre, opera, mime and comedy. This contemporary musical play celebrates a panoply of multicultural and multilingual influences, with musical flavors from Mexico, Asia, The Beatles to Bob Dylan.
The new play with music was written by father and son team Luis and Kinan Valdez. Luis Valdez brought his vast and visually stunning, though thematically disjointed "Earthquake Sun" to the Rep last season.
Two cultural celebrations also make their return to the Lyceum stage. The 13th Annual Kuumba Festival, in late February, is San Diego's longest running and premier celebration of African and African-American performance and culture. The three-day festival includes workshops, community service awards, an African marketplace, a Gospel Concert, guest speakers and artists.
In June the 12th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival celebrates the diversity of the Jewish diaspora through music, dance, theater and speakers from around the world.
Six-play subscription packages are on sale now, and range in price from $103 to $258. Tickets may be purchased at the REP's box office, 79 Horton Plaza in San Diego or by calling (619) 544-1000. Visit www.sandiegorep.com for more information.