San Diego REPertory Theatre Announces World Premiere of “The Exit Interview” By William Missouri Downs

San Diego REPertory Theatre Announces World Premiere of “The Exit Interview” By William Missouri Downs
August, 2012 Client News

SAN DIEGO – August 2, 2012 – Religion, sex and politics are the big targets of hilarity in the smart contemporary comedy, “The Exit Interview”, the second production of San Diego REPertory Theatre’s 37th Season. The modern-day satirical tale by William Missouri Downs includes politically-radicalized cheerleaders, random commercial interruptions, a showdown between the “poobahs” of religion and science, and a masked gunman all play a role in Down’s satirical examination of facts, faith, and fate in the 21st century. Directed by San Diego REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse and starring Herbert Siguenza, REP artist-in-residence, “The Exit Interview” opens for previews on Saturday, Sept. 29, with opening night on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Lyceum Space. Performances run through Oct. 21, 2012. San Diego REP’s production of “The Exit Interview” is one of five National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premieres that will also take place on stages in the following cities throughout Fall 2012/Spring 2013: Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Iowa City, IA; and Charlotte, N.C.

Siguenza, of the group Culture Clash and “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” will star as Dick Fig, a professor with a Ph.D. in the works of Bertolt Brecht, who has just gotten the axe at a nameless university and is attempting to answer some loaded questions from Eunice, the university’s unctuous human resources pawn in an exit interview like no other. As artist-in-residence, Siguenza is employed full-time with San Diego REP through December 2013 as a member of the senior artistic team and participates in the choosing, planning and executing major artistic work of the company, lead important community outreach responsibilities, and learn the strategies and practices of all departments including fundraising, board development, and facility management. Siguenza’s artist-in-residence is funded through a coveted New Generations Future Leaders grant from Theatre Communications Group, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
San Diego REP is the 26th member of the National New Play Network. NNPN is the country’s alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays. “San Diego REP’s longstanding commitment to new and nontraditional voices makes them a perfect fit for the Network,” said Jason Loewith, executive director, NNPN. “Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse and his team are respected as leaders in the field, and our members look forward to long and fruitful collaborations with them.” San Diego REP’s NNPN membership makes them eligible for grants totaling tens of thousands of dollars, including Playwright and Producer Residencies, Commissions, and the Continued Life of New Plays Fund.
San Diego REP’s box office is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on non-performance days and noon until curtain on performance days. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. Four hours of free parking at Horton Plaza is available for patrons who validate at the Lyceum Theatre. For more information, please visit www.sdrep.org.
About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theater, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on three stages at the Lyceum Theatre; since its move to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 39 mainstage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The much-heralded 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 www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
About NNPN
The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has commissioned twenty playwrights, provided nineteen MFA graduates with paid residencies, and supported 100 productions nationwide through its innovative Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which creates “rolling world premieres” of new plays. Through these activities and others, NNPN has granted a half million dollars to theaters and playwrights in the past ten years. Hundreds of artists have gained employment through these efforts in the 24 regions of the country where NNPN member theaters are located. NNPN receives substantial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Shubert Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For a list of member theatres and more information, visit
Calendar Listing for “The Exit Interview”
Dates:
Sept. 29 – Oct. 21, 2012
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except preview Sunday). Performances also are scheduled on selected Saturdays at 2 p.m. and selected Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please visit www.sdrep.org for specific days and times.
The Lyceum Space
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144
Tickets: $31 to $57 / Students $18
Discounts for groups, seniors and military also available.
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000
Tickets available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org.
Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.