|Me and my son at the|
opening of the new
Rep theatre in 1997
I am very saddened by the theatre’s demise. It feels like I have lost a relative or friend. I worked at the Rep twice in my career for a total of 12 years. The first was beginning in its third season in 1983 for seven years. Then again I worked there in 1995 for five more years. During this second stint, I help plan and move the company into the new theatre space that the city had built for them. I left the company in 2000.
|Standing in front of the new gift shop|
San Jose always has had a hard time supporting cultural arts. The San Jose Symphony Orchestra folded in 2001; San Jose Civic Light Opera/American Musical Theatre of San Jose closed suddenly in 2008. Both organizations had been around since the 1930’s. Most of the current arts groups, especially the performing ones, struggle with donations and financial stability. But all the blame can’t be placed on the lack of cultural support from the community. Eddie and I believe that the theatre made several serious missteps in the last 20 years that lead to its demise.
|The Rep auditorium|
|San Jose Rep lobby|
Hopefully a new theatre group will emerge and find a way to survive the San Jose arts dilemma.