Rick Lombardo

End of the San Jose Rep: Part I

San Jose Rep founder James Reber and Alexandra Urbanowski, a former managing director, look over a manuscript.

The San Jose Rep began as an idea in my 27-year-old brain in 1979. For more than three decades, it was a home to top-notch professional theatre. I was then saddened and shocked to find out last month that the Rep board was declaring bankruptcy and ending the company’s existence.

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San Jose Rep Rights its Course, Again

The Rep’s One Night with Janis Joplin set a ticket sales record for the San Jose theatre company. (Photo by Kirk Tuck)

Ever since Rick Lombardo took the reigns and imprinted his vision on the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the performance center has had excellent seasons. But until recently, a behind-the-scenes drama was playing out—one that would test Lombardo, Managing Director Nick Nichols and the Rep’s Board.

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