SAN JOSE, Calif., (August 29, 2011) -- Spring Awakening, the winner of 8 Tony Awardsr including Best Musical, will deliver home-grown talent and Broadway-rocking pizzazz to San Jose Rep's stage this September. The unique cast features a blend of Broadway stars, local Bay Area up-and-comers, and three students from San Jose State University.
Directed by Artistic Director Rick Lombardo and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh of So You think You Can Dance, Spring Awakening is an alluring story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety as seen through the eyes of a group of teenagers in 19th-century Germany.
"Based on German dramatist Frank Wedekind's ground-breaking play, written in 1891, it is a reminder of the timeless challenges of the transition from childhood to young adulthood. [Sater and Sheik's] musical adaptation brilliantly bridges the periods represented in the musical - the authoritarian, repressive world of 1890 German society and the world of freedom, rebellion, and libido expressed in the modern score ..." Lombardo says.
The production runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 25, 2011 with Press Opening Night on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the San Jose Rep Box Office at 101 Paseo de San Antonio or can be purchased online at www.SJRep.com or by calling 408.367.7255.
The New York Times called Spring Awakening, "Haunting and electrifying! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now." (Please note: Spring Awakening contains mature themes that include sexual situations, partial nudity, and strong language.)
"I'm excited to be working with this remarkable cast which includes young Broadway stars from the casts of both Spring Awakening and American Idiot, along with some of the best emerging Bay Area talent, including some remarkably talented theatre students from our new partner San Jose State University. This cast is a young force to be reckoned with." Lombardo said.
The formal alliance between San Jose Repertory Theatre and San Jose State University (SJSU) provides students with access to professional instruction and experience in the theatre. The affiliation between San Jose Rep and SJSU offers students the chance to intern in a variety of fields and work closely with top industry professionals throughout the production process. Students learn what the art form of theatre means to the life of a community and how the life of a community enriches its theatre.
The young Broadway stars include Miguel Cervantes, who recently performed in American Idiot; Eryn Murman, who performed in the Broadway version of Spring Awakening; and Todd Alan Johnson, who has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and on Nation Tours. Local Bay Area up-and-comers include Lowell Abellon, who appeared in San Jose Rep's world premiere of The Kite Runner; Justin Buchs, who previously performed with American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Monique Hafen, who recently appeared at San Jose Stage Company in Avenue Q; Jason Hite, who received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for his role in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Girlfriend; and Joshua James, who has previously performed at 42nd Street Moon. SJSU students in the cast include Ernestine Balisi, who will graduate with a B.A. this December; Kristen Majetich, who was awarded the Edwin T. Mosher Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre; and Manuel Rodriguez-Ruiz, who is currently a sophomore. Other cast members include local veteran Cindy Goldfield, who is a two-time recipient of both the Bay Area Critics Circle and Dean Goodman Choice awards, and Zarah Mahler, who recently appeared in San Jose Rep's world premiere of Love in American Times.
Lowell Abellon* (GEORG/REINHOLD) is happy and thankful to be back working with San Jose Rep. His credits include The Kite Runner at San Jose Rep (world premiere) and Arizona Theatre Company; Falsettoland with StirFry Theatre; Evil Dead: The Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar at Willows Theatre Company; The Pirates of Penzance with Woodminster Summer Musicals; Ray of Light Theatre's High School Musical; Ohlone Summerfest's Miss Saigon; and Man of La Mancha with Puppet Art Theater Company.
Ernestine Balisi (THEA) is delighted to make her San Jose Rep debut in Spring Awakening. She was last seen performing as part of the Nickelodeon All Access Cruise cast on board the beautiful Norwegian EPIC touring around the Mediterranean. Past and favorite credits include Smokey Joe's Cafe, Little Shop of Horrors, and Aida with Bus Barn Stage Company; Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Mini Ginny Award: Best Female Actress) with American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Fiddler on the Roof and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Best Female Triple Threat) with Peninsula Youth Theatre; Miss Saigon with Children's Musical Theater San Jose; Once on This Island with Sunnyvale Community Players; and Snoopy with Milpitas Rainbow Theatre. Ms. Balisi will be seen next as a bachelor of arts/creative arts graduate from San Jose State University in December!
Justin Buchs* (OTTO/DIETER/UNDERSTUDY MELCHIOR) is thrilled to be back on the San Jose Rep stage after appearing in Las Menina back in 2002. Regional credits include Singin' in the Rain, Victor/Victoria, and Grease with American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Crazy For You, It Runs in the Family, and Harps and Harmonicas with Mountain Playhouse; and Beauty and the Beast with Red Mountain Theatre Company. A Silicon Valley native, he obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre from The Pennsylvania State University.
Miguel Cervantes* (MORITZ) is thrilled to be making his San Jose Rep debut. Most recently he played the Rep from Jingle Town and Rock 'n' Roll Boyfriend in American Idiot on Broadway. Other credits include Miguel Hernandez in Happiness at Lincoln Center; Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway and the First National Tour; Batboy in Bat Boy: The Musical at Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Company; Jack in Into the Woods at New Rep in Boston; and the thug boyfriend, Armando, holding Susan Lucci hostage on All My Children.
Cindy Goldfield* (ADULT FEMALE) was last seen at San Jose Rep in Splitting Infinity. She recently appeared in Project: Lohan at LaMaMa E.T.C./NYC. Her regional acting credits include Center REP, TheatreWorks, 42nd Street Moon, Willows Theatre Company, Broadway By the Bay, Marin Theatre Company, Playhouse West, Golden Thread Productions, Brava! for Women in the Arts (notably in Scalpel! by D'Arcy Drollinger), and seven seasons in A Christmas Carol with American Conservatory Theater. Most recently, she appeared in the world premiere of OMFG! The Internet Dating Musical at ODC Theater. Ms. Goldfield also enjoys the cabaret collaboration of Goldfield & Koldewyn and is a two-time recipient of both the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the Dean Goodman Choice awards.
Monique Hafen* (ANNA/UNDERSTUDY WENDLA) is making her debut at San Jose Rep in Spring Awakening. She recently performed in San Jose Stage Company's smash-hit Avenue Q as Lucy the Slut, Bad Idea Bear, and Mrs. Thistletwat. Other Bay Area credits include the West Coast premiere of Harper Regan at SF Playhouse; Born and Raised and Cinderella, Enchanted! (starring Frenchie Davis) at Berkeley Playhouse; Smokey Joe's Café at Bus Barn Stage Company; The Wizard of Oz at Cabrillo Stage; and The Illusion and Hay Fever at Pear Avenue Theatre Company. Ms. Hafen received a B.A. in theater arts from Santa Clara University.
Jason Hite* (MELCHIOR) is making his San Jose Rep debut in Spring Awakening. He recently received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for his work as Mike in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of Girlfriend. Other credits include Rent (Mark), Hairspray (Link), All Shook Up (Dean), She Loves Me (Arpad), and A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge). Mr. Hite trained with Center REP's "Young Rep" program and is a proud member of Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble in Walnut Creek.
Joshua James* (HANSCHEN/RUPERT/UNDERSTUDY MORITZ) is absolutely thrilled to make his debut with San Jose Rep in this production. Recent credits include Marshall Blackstone in Babes in Arms (42nd Street Moon); Ethan in The Full Monty, Fender in Hairspray, Tom Sawyer in Big River, Rocky in Damn Yankees (Sierra Repertory Theatre); Leon Czolgosz in Assassins (Artistic Differences); and The Emcee in Cabaret (Runaway Stage Productions). Choreography credits include Hairspray and Big River (Sierra Repertory Theatre); and Little Women and Evita (Runaway Stage Productions). When not onstage, Mr. James works as a behavioral therapist for special needs children.
Todd Alan Johnson* (ADULT MALE) marks his seventh collaboration with Rick Lombardo at the helm, and his first appearance at San Jose Rep, in this production of Spring Awakening. In addition to appearing on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway and on national tours, he has performed at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Sacramento Music Circus, New Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, Arvada Center, Mason Street Warehouse and many others.
Zarah Mahler* (ILSE) appeared in San Jose Rep's production of Love in American Times last season and recently performed in the premiere of Futuraat The Theatre @ Boston Court. Prior to that, she opened as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago. Other theatre credits include Neil Patrick Harris' Rent (Hollywood Bowl); and Jules Aaron's The Threepenny Opera (International City Theatre); among many others. Ms. Mahler had a recurring role in television's Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side and guest starred on Animal Planet's series Lost Tapes. Film credits include Portal, Kemper, Leaving Barstow, and Clemency, to name a few. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Ms. Mahler is working on her first album of original compositions.
Kristen Majetich (MARTHA) is making her San Jose Rep debut in Spring Awakening. Most recently, she performed at Sacramento Theatre Company in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, where she played Madge. Her other credits include Of Mice and Men (Curley's Wife), Cyrano de Bergerac (Orange Girl), and A Christmas Carol (Miss Fezziwig's Daughter). Ms. Majetich is a theatre arts major at San Jose State University. In college, she has appeared in The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine), Urinetown (Hope), and The Seagull (Arkadina), and this year she was awarded the Edwin T. Mosher Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. www.kristenmajetich.com.
Eryn Murman* (WENDLA) is thrilled to be making her San Jose Rep debut! She was in the Broadway cast of Spring Awakening where she performed all the female roles and was the dance captain. Recent regional credits include the title role in a new adaptation of Iphigenia at Aulis (Factory Theatre, Toronto);Gravity Radio (BAM/Harvey Theater); White Noise (Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, New Orleans); and a workshop, Pregnancy Pact, at Yale. In New York, she performed and debuted as the director/choreographer in Caught in the Threshold (Peter J. Sharp Theater). www.erynmurman.com.
Manuel Rodriguez-Ruiz (ERNST/ULBRECHT) is very happy to be making his debut performance at San Jose Rep. He is a sophomore at San Jose State University; his prior theatre experience took place largely at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Frank Wedekind (AUTHOR) (1864-1918) was born in Hanover, Germany and raised in Switzerland, ultimately settling in Munich, where he published political poems in the satirical magazine Simplizissimus. His psychological insight into daydreams, emotions, and conversations among adolescents is reflected in his first successful play, Frühlings Erwachen (The Awakening of Spring; 1891) - a frank exposure of sexual problems that anticipated many of the later insights of modern depth psychology. Mr. Wedekind was a foe of middle-class hypocrisy and a moralist eager to reform the world through sexual emancipation. As a result, his plays were often censored (Erdgeist (Earth Spirit; 1893), Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box; 1906), Der Kammersänger (The Tenor; 1897)), and he developed a reputation as an immoralist and pornographic enemy of society. In response to this criticism and the need to defend himself from the attacks against him, his later plays were largely autobiographical. Until his death in 1918, Wedekind occasionally made guest appearances in his own plays, gave public readings, and recited and sang his ballads in a famous cabaret called "Die Elf Scharfrichter" (Eleven Executioners).
Steven Sater (BOOK AND LYRICS) was awarded the 2007 Tony Awardsr for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Spring Awakening along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Lyrics. With alt-rocker Duncan Sheik, he received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening. In addition, the two received the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Circle, and Drama League awards for Best Musical. Steven is the author of numerous plays, including the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (the Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester); Asylum (Naked Angels); Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm); In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner Theater); and a reconceived version of Shakespeare's Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London's Lyric Hammersmith and toured throughout Great Britain. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Sheik on the NY premiere of Umbrage (HERE); Nero (The Magic Theatre, workshopped at the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Stage & Film); and The Nightingale (workshopped at the O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., and New York Theater Workshop). He is also hard at work with System of a Down's Serj Tankian on a musical version of Prometheus Bound, to be directed by Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theater. Sater is the lyricist for Sheik's critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and together the two wrote the songs for Michael Mayer's feature film A Home at the End of the World (Warner Classics) as well as the independent features Brother's Shadow and Mary Stuart Masterson's The Cake Eaters. Sater is also co-creator and executive producer, with Paul Reiser, of recent pilots for both NBC and Sony/FX, and has developed two projects for HBO, and another for Showtime (with Reiser). He is also at work, with Jessie Nelson, on a feature film and is creating an original movie musical for producer Larry Mark. In addition, Steven works as a lyricist with various composers in the pop/rock world-recently writing songs with Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mandel, Andreas Carlsson, and William Joseph.
Duncan Sheik (MUSIC) In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening (2007 Tony Awardsr for Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score, 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album), Sheik's other theater credits include Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development), and Whisper House (currently in development). Recorded works include Whisper House (Sony/Victor 2009), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), and Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination "Best Male Vocal") (Atlantic Records 1996). Film Scores include DARE (2009), Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008), Capers (2007), and The Cake Eaters (2007). Producer credits include Holly Brook (forthcoming CD 2009), Micah Green (2008), Spring Awakening Original Cast Album (Universal 2007), and Chris Gorneau (2006).
AnnMarie Milazzo (VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS) Composer/lyricist credits include Pretty Dead Girl at the Sundance Film Festival. Vocal arranger credits include Spring Awakening, the Broadway musical at the Eugene O'Neill Theater; Next to Normal, the Broadway musical at the Booth Theater; Bright Lights, Big City at the New York Theater Workshop; and the Paramount feature film, The Marc Pease Experience. AnnMarie is a Grammy nominated singer from the East Village Opera Company on Universal/Decca.
Simon Hale (STRING ORCHESTRATIONS) After graduating from the University of London with an honors degree in composition, Simon Hale's acclaimed solo album, East Fifteen, led to recordings with many artists, including George Benson, Simply Red, Jamiroquai, and Björk. In 1996 he orchestrated Duncan Sheik's first album, and their musical collaboration has continued ever since. Simon's involvement with Spring Awakening marked his Broadway debut and the Tony Awardr for Best Orchestrations in 2007. He continues to work with Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik on other projects. For more information, please visit www.simonhale.co.uk.
Rick Lombardo (DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in his fourth season as artistic director at San Jose Rep, where he has directed the world premiere Love in American Times, The Dresser, Black Pearl Sings!, The Weir, and As You Like It, which received nominations for outstanding production and outstanding direction by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. He was the artistic director for 13 years at the award-winning New Repertory Theatre, the leading mid-size resident theatre in the greater-Boston area. In 2009, he was awarded the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence from the Boston Theatre Critics Association for his work at New Rep. He is also the recipient of four individual Elliot Norton Awards and is a nine-time winner of the "IRNE" Award for his productions of The Clean House, Sweeney Todd, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ragtime, Waiting for Godot, and The Weir. His world premiere of According to Tip transferred to Boston's theatre district in 2009, and his New Rep production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway in 2007. In the New England area, Mr. Lombardo also directed at Opera Boston, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and the Actors Shakespeare Project, among others. He was previously artistic director of the Players Guild in Ohio, co-director of the theatre program at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center, as well as founding artistic director of the Stillwaters Theatre Company in New York City. Mr. Lombardo is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and lives in San Jose with his wife, actress Rachel Harker, and daughter.
Sonya Tayeh (CHOREOGRAPHER) was born in Detroit, Michigan and received a B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University. Stage credits include The Last Goodbye (Williamstown Theatre); New Wave LA (Los Angeles Ballet); The Endurance to Move, Battles, The Root of Me (Tayeh Dance, El Portal Theater); Quixotic Dance Company (Kansas City, MO); and The Dance Company of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA). Ms. Tayeh directed and choreographed Miley Cyrus' 2011 Tour and contributed choreography to Kylie Minogue's 2011 Tour. Ms. Tayeh is also a recurring choreographer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance. She wishes to thank Joe Lampert, Jenn Freeman, the Tayeh family, and McDonald Selznick Associates.
John Iacovelli (SET DESIGNER) won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his sets for Black Pearl Sings! and designed Groundswell the previous season. He recently designed The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare Santa Cruz and won an Emmy Award for Peter Pan staring Cathy Rigby. Other Broadway credits include The Twilight of the Golds and the National Tour of Camelot, plus over 200 productions at theatres across the US. His film credits include Ruby in Paradise and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! Television credits include Beckett Directs Beckett: Endgame with the San Quentin Drama Workshop, The Old Settler starring Philycia Rashad and Debbie Allen, The Gin Game staring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, Ed, Babylon 5, Resurrection Blvd., and Lincoln Heights. Mr. Iacovelli is a faculty member at University of California, Davis. www.iacovelli.com.
Rachel Myers (COSTUME DESIGNER) is a costume and scenic designer for theatre and film. Select credits include Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, The Shakespeare Theatre, Getty Villa, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has production designed feature films, music videos, and commercial projects for clients, including The History Channel, Ray Ban, L'Oreal, and Getty Images. Rachel received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. She is a faculty member at California State University Channel Islands. Additional samples of her designs can be seen at www.3pennydesign.com.
David Lee Cuthbert (LIGHTING AND MEDIA DESIGNER) returns to San Jose Rep, having most recently designed lighting and media for Love in American Times and Legacy of Light. He previously designed scenery and media for Secret Order and As You Like It, and lighting for The Dresser, Rabbit Hole, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Groundswell, and The Kite Runner, for which he received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for best lighting of a play. He lit Billy Crystal's Tonyr Award-winning 700 Sundays on Broadway, as well as its international tours. Mr. Cuthbert's work has also been seen at Opera San Jose, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Intiman Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, and Arizona Theatre Company. He is the theater arts department chair and an associate professor of design at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Steven Schoenbeck (SOUND DESIGNER) is happy to return to San Jose Rep where his sound designs include The Dresser, Secret Order, Groundswell, The Foreigner, The Immigrant, Enchanted April, and Humpty Dumpty. Mr. Schoenbeck's sound design credits also include SF Playhouse's Wirehead, Animals Out of Paper, The Sunset Limited, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Shining City; Marin Theatre Company's Frozen and Love Song; American Conservatory Theater's The Little Foxes; Traveling Jewish Theatre's The Model Apartment; Culture Clash's Water & Power; Edinburgh's Assembly Theatre's Finder's Fee; and TheatreWorks' Harold & Maude: An Intimate Musical, Be Aggressive, and Bat Boy: The Musical, among others. He's also designed sound for short films, animation, and mixed numerous musicals. Currently, Mr. Schoenbeck is the sound supervisor at San Jose Rep.
Dolores Duran-Cefalu (MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD) was music director/ keyboardist for San Jose Rep's The Marvelous Wonderettes and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is associate conductor/keyboards for American Conservatory Theater's Tales of the City, music director for California's Great America, and has played in numerous touring shows in San Francisco, including Shrek, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, In the Heights, and Wicked. She also performs at San Francisco's Teatro ZinZanni. Recently, Ms. Duran-Cefalu won the Shellie Award for musical direction of Center REP's All Shook Up, also receiving a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination. Currently she is composing/arranging a holiday dinner theater show for Theatre in the Park, Kansas City . . . while also pursuing a degree in animation!
Dave Maier (FIGHT DIRECTOR) is an award-winning fight director whose work was seen in San Jose Rep's Legacy of Light and As You Like It. His talents have also been utilized at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He is the resident fight director at California Shakespeare Theater and a company member with the Shotgun Players in Berkeley. Recent performance credits include Ajax the Great in the Shotgun Players' production of In the Wound and Swordsman in San Francisco Opera's production of Cyrano de Bergerac, where he served as fight double for Placido Domingo. Mr. Maier teaches theatrical combat at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and is a founding member of Dueling Arts San Francisco.
Stephanie Schliemann* (STAGE MANAGER) has worked on Love in American Times, The Dresser, and Ain't Misbehavin', among others, at San Jose Rep. Other local stage-management credits include Flower Drum Song, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, Gypsy, and The Wizard of Oz at American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Orson's Shadow at Marin Theatre Company; Le Nozze de Figaro and The Magic Flute at Opera San Jose; and Marcus, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and At Home at the Zoo, among others, at American Conservatory Theater. She has also worked with Teatro ZinZanni and the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. Ms. Schliemann has been a proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 2005.
Deirdre Rose Holland* (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is excited to be back for her second show with San Jose Rep, having worked last season on Legacy of Light. Her regional credits include the 2011 Summer Shakespeare Festival, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Mystery of Irma Vep (The Old Globe); and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later and the world premiere of Bonnie and Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse). Additional credits include Anna Karenina and The Barber of Seville (Opera San Jose); and the 2010 Summer Hot Dog Series (Palo Alto Children's Theatre). Ms. Holland holds an M.F.A. in stage management from the University of California, San Diego.
About the Rep:
San Jose Rep is the premier non-profit, professional theatre company in the South Bay, presenting six to seven main stage productions each year. Now in its 31st year as a major contributor to the South Bay's cultural community, San Jose Rep's mission is to engage, entertain and inspire people. San Jose Rep produces innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition, educational programs that promote life-long learning, and outreach initiatives that benefit our diverse community. For more information, visit www.SJRep.com.