Rick Lombardo, artistic director, discusses San Jose Rep's 30th anniversary season
Rick Lombardo, artistic director, discusses San Jose Rep’s 30th anniversary season

A very busy Rick Lombardo, artistic director, goes above and beyond as he sits down with Loni for almost half an hour to talk about the exciting, upcoming 30th anniversary season. It doesn’t get any better than this, especially if you’re a fan of the San Jose Rep, our flagship theater here in the South Bay.

And in case you were wondering, yes, hair is all in place here; as are the laughs. It was so smooth and fun it was almost as if they had done the interview once before. That, however, is a Twilight Zone-like (or should I say Weir-like?) story for another time.

What about this upcoming 30th anniversary season then?

For starters, you’d could say it’s coming home. After this season’s colorful globe-trotting—South Africa, Ireland, Cuba—the plays are predominantly back on US soil. Also, open your arms and welcome: the under-represented female protagonist.

“I think sometimes women don’t get their due on American stages,” he says.

Loni digs even deeper and gets Rick to reveal some of the thought process involved in choosing the plays. With a deep catalog of classics competing with new, fresh material from emerging playwrights, how does he make the tough calls?

Plus, learn the answers to other questions. Why do names such as Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Rubert Murdoch, and Larry Ellison come up? How will the Rep bring touring shows to students? What’s the average theater-going demographic and how does that impact season planning?

There’s even more.

But I’d be spoiling things, and I’d rather Rick Lombardo give you all the juicy details on what will be hitting the stage at the Rep next season.

San Jose Repertory Theatre 2010-2011, 30th Anniversary Season

Black Pearl Sings
September 2 – September 26, 2010
by Frank Higgins
directed by Rick Lombardo

Secret Order
October 14 – November 7, 2010
by Robert Clyman

Backwards in High Heels
November 24 – December 19, 2010
conceived & developed by Lynnette Barkley & Christopher McGovern
book/original songs/arrangements by Christopher McGovern directed by Scott Schwartz

The Dresser
January 27 – February 20, 2011
by Ronald Harwood
directed by Rick Lombardo
starring James Carpenter as Norman and Ken Ruta as Sir

March 24 – April 17, 2011

Love in American Times
May 12 – June 5, 2011
by Philip Kan Gotanda
directed by Rick Lombardo

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