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San Diego REP Cancels Shows and Seeks Restructuring After Funding Shortfall

Home of the San Diego Repertory Theater
The home of the San Diego Repertory Theater in Horton Plaza. Courtesy of the theater

The San Diego Repertory Theatera 46-year-old band from the local art scene announced on Wednesday that it would suspend operations due to lack of funding.

“The San Diego REP is canceling the remaining scheduled productions in 2022 and must lay off all staff by June 19,” the theater said in a statement.

The REP reported a lack of funding, low ticket sales during the pandemic and the challenge of running a theater while the Horton Plaza is being rebuilt.

The board and leadership are said to be “actively working to find solutions and explore viable options for financial restructuring, including possible bankruptcy reorganization.”

Managing Director Abigail Buell said a new economic model was needed and hoped that REP would return to “produce a diverse, socially conscious theater of exceptional quality”.

Artistic director Sam Woodhouse echoed this sentiment, saying: “Our goal is to bring the REP back to a stronger level, to continue to make challenging, progressive theater and to work towards that future.”

Ticket holders will be notified by REP on or before June 10 via email of their selections. Canceled events include:

  • Twelfth night
  • Strange incident of the dog at night
  • Grand Master Funk
  • In each generation (cancellation previously announced)
  • The Art of Shtisel
  • Joel Gray’s favorite works
  • “A World to Come”, part of The Whole Megillah game festival
  • “Shanghai”, part of The Whole Megillah game festival
  • Angelina Reaux sings the love songs of Kurt Weill

While REP will suspend its productions, the Lyceum Theater will continue to host other community and theatrical events.

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