‘REP Ruby Reunion’ to Celebrate

San Diego REPertory Theatre’s 40th Anniversary

Celebration to be held June 12 at the Shiley Special Events Suite,

Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common and will honor

REP Artistic Director and Co-Founder Sam Woodhouse

SAN DIEGO – Feb. 23, 2016 – To commemorate San Diego REPertory Theatre’s 40th Anniversary in 2016, REP Ruby Reunion will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shiley Special Events Suite, Central Library @ Joan ʌ Irwin Jacobs CommonThe event will bring together four decades of family to celebrate The REP’s accomplishments and honor Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Sam Woodhouse.

Longtime arts advocates and San Diego REP supporters, Dea and Osborn Hurston, are event co-chairs and will oversee the event planning process from start to finish. The Hurstons have been part of the REP family for many years. They recently paved the way for The REP’s 2015 year-end campaign by agreeing to be quoted in the organization’s appeal letter. Their voice lent itself to the most successful fundraising appeal in the history of The REP.  "We know that Osborn and Dea will bring that same sense of community engagement to REP Ruby Reunion," states Managing Director Larry Alldredge. “It promises to be a festive evening filled with great food, signature drinks and the best in live entertainment.”

San Diego REP Ruby Reunion will give attendees an opportunity to spotlight the significant artistic contributions both Sam Woodhouse and The REP have made to the local arts and culture communities in San Diego. Since its founding in 1976, San Diego REP has been committed to diversity and inclusion in theatre. The theatre has produced over 60 main stage productions written by or about Latinos, African Americans, Asians and other diverse cultures. The REP proudly celebrates the significant artistic contributions both Sam Woodhouse and the REP have made to San Diego's Arts and Cultural communities. 

“The Board of Trustees of San Diego REP invites the entire community to participate in this landmark 40th anniversary celebration of one of our cultural treasures, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse. We are so proud of producing four decades of intimate, exotic, provocative theatre in downtown, celebrating the multiple voices of our region. Join old and new friends as we celebrate San Diego REP and honor Sam Woodhouse’s vast contribution to theatre in San Diego,” says Board of Trustees President and Ruby Event Committee co-chair Sachiko Kohatsu.

The event festivities will include live music and entertainment, featuring local award-winning Latin jazz trumpeter, Gilbert Castellanos and an artistic program directed by REP favorite, Javier Velasco.


San Diego REP Ruby Reunion

Sunday, June 12, 2016

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Shiley Special Events Suite

Central Library @ Joan ʌ Irwin Jacobs Common

330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Individual ticket prices $150. 

Sponsorships and Underwriting Opportunities available.

For more event information, please contact Jodie Weisenberg, Development Manger, at JWeisenberg@sdrep.org or 619-231-3586 ext. 620 or visit sdrep.org.

About Sam Woodhouse, San Diego REPertory Theatre, Artist Director and Co-Founder

Sam Woodhouse co-founded The REP with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since worked as a director, producer or actor on more than 250 productions. As an actor, he has performed on The REP stages in The Seafarer, in the title role of King LearProofHamlet, and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. His recent directorial work with The REP includes: The Oldest BoyVioletHonkyEl Henry (with La Jolla Playhouse), DetroitVenus in Fur, In the Heights, Federal Jazz Project, Clybourne Park, The Who’s TOMMY, In the In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Threepenny Opera and Water & Power. In 2011 he directed American Night: The Ballad of Juan José for the Denver Center Theatre Company. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.

About Dea Hurston

Dea Hurston is a longtime arts advocate, patron and philanthropist. Although she is now a retired teacher and former commissioner of arts for The City of San Diego, Dea is still very active in the local arts and culture community. She has been a member of the following theatre and arts boards: Cygnet, Moxie, Mo`olelo, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Ion Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, North Coast Rep, Common Ground Theatre, Ira Aldridge Players, Mainly Mozart, Fern Street Circus, San Diego Museum of Man, Playwrights Project and Malashock Dance.

In addition to being the event co-chair for San Diego REPertory Theatre’s REP Ruby Reunion, Dea has also chaired events for San Diego Performing Arts League, Vista Hill Foundation, Common Ground Theatre, Mainly Mozart, and Malashock Dance. She also received the following awards for her ongoing dedication to giving back to the community: Serving Seniors 2015, Mo ‘olelo Founders Award 2014, Patte Theatre Angels 2007, La Jolla Playhouse Star Award, Sledgehammer Star Award, Women of Dedication (Salvation Army), MiLady (Delta Sigma Theta), This is Gaffney Honors (Common Ground Theatre), Kuumba Fest NIA Award, Woman of Distinction (Women Inc.), Women Who Make Theatre Happen (Sledgehammer) and SECU.

Outside of her work in the local arts community, she has also been an active member of the following boards: San Diego Commission of Arts and Culture, Balboa Park Task Force, San Diego State University Professional Studies and Fine Arts Advisory Board and Vista Hill Foundation.

About Osborn L. Hurston

Osborn L. Hurston is currently the vice president and senior portfolio manager of The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank. He was previously vice president and senior portfolio manager at HighMark Capital Management, a subsidiary of Union Bank of California.

Prior to joining HighMark, he was an investment officer at Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles and a securities analyst at Ameritrust Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He taught finance at the California School of International Management and National University.

Osborn’s community involvement includes having served as past president of San Diego Urban Bankers, former trustee of both the San Diego City and San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Systems. He volunteers for numerous arts and culture organizations, including having been past president of the San Diego Performing Arts League, trustee and past treasurer of the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Foundation’s Art and Culture Working Group, past trustee and vice president of Balboa Art Conservation Center, and trustee of inewsource. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in economics. Osborn also studied accounting and finance at The University of California, Los Angeles.

About San Diego REPertory Theatre

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 46 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented The REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sandiegorep) and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP).

Press Contact: Kevin Lohmann

(619) 231-3586 x613 / Klohmann@sdrep.org

(Above contact information not for public distribution)



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