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San Diego Rep’s 40th

San Diego Rep’s 40th

San Diego Rep’s 40th

San Diego Repertory Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and getting here hasn’t necessarily been easy. The historical road it has forged has been a fascinating one, full of “firsts,” triumphs, and some decided bumps. Founded in 1976 by Sam Woodhouse, still the artistic director, and D.W. Jacobs, the group performed in a downtown church building for a number of years. It was given a considerably more comfortable venue in 1986 when the Rep moved into the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza. It persevered, and the successes have been many and notable.


The Rep has staged 37 productions by Latino playwrights, and has long referred to itself as the “cultural town hall” of San Diego. This dynamic theatre company received a Tony Award nomination for It Ain’t Nothin But the Blues in 1998, and has received more than 200 awards for its work. Prescient, way ahead of the crowd, the Rep has earned this grand celebration. To read an interview with Sam Woodhouse by arts & culture editor Darlene G. Davies in a 2003 issue of Ranch & Coast Magazine, click here. Woodhouse had a lot to say. (619.544.1000 www.sdrep.org)

San Diego Rep’s 40th
Sam Woodhouse and Whoopi Goldberg


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