San Jose Rep has announced it has donated $2,300 to the Japan relief effort. The proceeds from the box office sales of “Pay What You Will” Night at San Jose Repertory Theatre on May 12 were donated to the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center of Northern California for their Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
The world premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda’s Love in American Times (review), featuring Linda Park was the occasion of the fund-raising effort, which is providing more than $2,300 to the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center (JCCCNC).
The JCCCNC’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund is helping the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.
“Philip Kan Gotanda, our Board of Trustees and the management of San Jose Rep felt strongly that we should do something to assist the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. We chose to support the relief efforts organized by the JCCCNC, a local organization, because 100% of the donations they receive go directly to the Japanese recovery effort,” said Rep managing director Nick Nichols. “We are so pleased to have been able to make this small donation on behalf of our preview audience, and hope the recipients know that our good will and thoughts are with them.”
“Pay What You Will” night is part of San Jose Rep’s extensive community outreach program that supports the company’s mission of accessibility and affordability for every member of the community. It is also one more way of broadening audience and the community conversation that surrounds theatre.
Founded in 1973, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California has been serving the community for over 35 years. The JCCCNC strives to meet the evolving needs of the Japanese American community through offering programs, affordable services and facility usage.