San Jose Repertory Theatre Kicks Off Season with New Program: Pay What You Will Tuesday

The Rep partners with Second Harvest Food Bank

SAN JOSE, CA (August 27, 2009) — Pay What You Will Tuesday is a new addition to San Jose Rep’s extensive community outreach programs with the goal of supporting the company’s mission of accessibility and affordability for every member of the community.  Pay What You Will Tuesday will be offered on the first preview Tuesday for each production of San Jose Rep’s 2009-2010 season.  Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. This community program launches Tuesday, September 1, with the most spellbinding, contemporary interpretation of what the NY Times hails as “Shakespeare’s finest comedy,” As You Like It. Tickets go on sale at San Jose Rep’s box office one week prior to the scheduled performance.  Seating is general admission and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We want to ensure that the Rep remains a community resource for everyone during these difficult economic times,” comments Artistic Director Rick Lombardo.  “Pay What You Will Tuesday will allow more people the opportunity to experience live theatre, while helping us broaden the community conversation that surrounds great theatre.”

As part of the Rep’s community outreach efforts, the company is proud to play a role in helping rid hunger and providing nutrition to low-income members of the community by partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank. A canned food drive will be held for each Pay What You Will Tuesday. Patrons will be asked to bring a canned food item to the theater to drop off in the bins located in the lobby.

Nick Nichols.  “We hope our Pay What You Will Tuesday will provide our community with a little of both.  We’re thrilled to partner with the reputable Second Harvest Food Bank and in our small way help those in the community who need assistance.”

“Thanks to San Jose Repertory Theater for their efforts to help feed low-income people in our community,” said Lynn Crocker, Director of Marketing and Communications for Second Harvest Food Bank. “It is no secret that times are tough and many people are struggling to provide enough nutritious food to feed themselves and their families. At the Food Bank we are seeing requests for food continuing to rise. Community food drives, like this one sponsored by the Rep, really help out.”

Pay What You Will Tuesday:

  • Groundswell – Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • A Christmas Story – Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • The Weir – Tuesday, Jan. 26
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Tuesday, March 16
  • Sonia Flew – Tuesday, May 11.

Tickets are available at the San Jose Rep Box Office at 101 Paseo de San Antonio or by calling 408.367.7255.

About the Rep

San Jose Rep is the premier non-profit, professional theatre company in the South Bay, presenting six main stage productions each year. As a major contributor to South Bay’s cultural community for 29 years, the Rep’s mission is to engage, entertain and inspire people.  The 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.

About Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is a private non-profit organization that distributed more than 39.1 million pounds of food last fiscal year. Through their direct distribution programs and network of more than 316 community-based, non-profit agencies they serve an average of 207,000 people each month; the majority of whom are low income families and senior citizens.

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