Through our free REP Xtra Events, which include community-focused conversations, artist talk-backs, musical performances and more, San Diego REP strives to provide a rich, interactive and transformative way for audiences to experience theater. San Diego REP hopes that REP Xtra Events help build a deeper sense of community among our audiences, provoke thought and allow us to celebrate multiple voices of our region. A mix of recurring and specifically tailored one-time events, REP Xtras are programmed for every show on the REP season!
Talking Theatre with Todd: The Intersectionality of Storytelling and Social Justice
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7PM - before the 8PM show
Napoleon Bonaparte said, “history is a set of lies agreed upon.” The Great Khan explores how history impacts the narrative of a society. Join REP Associate Artistic Director TODD SALOVEY as he sits down with The Great Khan Playwright, MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN and Director, JESS MCLEOD to discuss theatre’s role in sparking social change.
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7PM - before the 8PM show
Writer Dele Olanubi says, “Wounds won’t heal the way you want them to, they heal the way they need to.” Explore self-care techniques and learn more about healing from trauma and how it presents for folx in the global majority. Hosted by ISABELLA AMANSEC and SPSHELLE RUTLEDGE of BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS, a program dedicated to normalizing mental wellness in underserved communities.
Breaking Down Barriers is a program dedicated to normalizing mental health and wellness in unserved and underserved communities. It is a program of Jewish Family Service, funded by the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency.
Spshelle Faith Rutledge MPH, She/Her
Mental Health Outreach and Education Coordinator, African American/Black Community
Jewish Family Service San Diego
Isabella Amansec, They/She
Mental Health Outreach and Education Coordinator, Asian and Pacific Islander Community
Jewish Family Service
PANEL: CENTERING STUDENTS IN THEIR EDUCATION
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7PM — before the 8PM show
When the tree is rotten, how can the fruit be sweet? Meet ZACHARY PATTERSON, Student Board Member at San Diego Unified, WINNIE XU, Student Board Member at Poway Unified School District, PARISHI KANUGA, Student Board Member of Los Angeles Unified School District, and JENNIFER TRAN, Student Board Member at Garden Grove Unified School District, youth leaders questioning their educational system and holding their institutions accountable for their education. REP Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager KANDACE CRYSTAL will host this conversation inspired by the insightful teen characters in our play.
PLUS, on this 2 FOR 1 TEEN NIGHT, when you purchase a regularly priced ticket, you can get a student ticket for free. Don’t forget to bring a student ID!
Zachary Patterson is the Student Board Member of San Diego Unified School District representing over 100,000 students. Zachary is the founder and current President of the California Student Board Member Association. Zachary has been involved in student activism for many years and was first elected to represent the students of San Diego Unified School District in October of 2019, after three years of advocacy. Zachary has led initiatives in San Diego Unified including a push to add a mental health curriculum to the district, the passage of a Student Bill of Rights, and the district's recent transition to standards-based grading systems. Zachary serves on the Statewide Power of Democracy Steering Committee which helps inform the creation of our state's civics standards as well as Tufts University Center on Information Research on Civic Learning. Outside activism, Zachary is a senior at University City High School who enjoys running and surfing.
Jennifer Tran (she/her/hers) is a senior at Bolsa Grande High School and the first Preferential Voting Student Board Member for the Garden Grove Unified District, representing over 40,000 students. She has been engaged in actively changing California’s Education System for over a year, working in tandem with Senate and Assembly offices to write proposals, synthesize information, and forward our education system through real political change. She serves as the Policy Director for both the California Student Board Member Association (CSBMA) and GENup, continuing her legislative advocacy as a proponent for student representation and voice. At her school, Jennifer is involved in the music and debate departments as the Founder and President of Bolsa Grande’s Tri-M National Music Honor Society and Co-Founder of the school’s Debate Club. In her free time, she likes to play guitar, read, drink way too many vanilla oat milk lattes, and rant about the education system to her very tired friends. Jennifer is a passionate advocate for student representation, civic engagement, mental health, and educational equity. She is excited to represent and advocate for students at the district, county, state, and federal levels.
Winnie Xu is the Poway Unified School District Student Board Member and a current senior at Westview High School. Xu is a certified paralegal with People's Legal Services, a San Diego non-profit and sliding law firm, aiding expungement research and pro-bono legal representation. She has extensive experience in youth advocacy and civic engagement, authoring the official California Ethnic Studies petition, spearheading the successful implementation of several California mental health bills, and leading California high schoolers to pre-register to vote with the California Secretary of State.
Parishi Kanuga is the Student Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a senior at Cleveland High School. In her district, she is looking to bolster communication between the school district and the large student population, advocate for improved mental health resources, and push for equity in college and career readiness. Parishi has always aimed to elevate youth voices. She hosted Nationwide Youth Phonebanks for President Biden’s election in 2020 and has led many youth volunteer efforts for elections across the country.
SAM’S SALON: WHERE TECH, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT MEET
Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7PM – before the 8PM show
Listed as one of the top 10 “Best Cities for Gamers,” San Diego’s gaming industry is rich and continues to flourish. Meet local gamers, MICHAEL CULLEN, Senior Sound Designer at Zynga, DESIREE MAKOWSKI, Producer at WB Games San Diego, and TIFFIE STARCHILD, local content creator/streamer. Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the gaming industry as Artistic Director, SAM WOODHOUSE, levels up with these creatives.
Michael Cullen is a Principal Sound Designer at Zynga working on match-3 puzzle games such as Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells. He has also sound designed numerous video games, virtual reality games, feature films, short films, TV pilots, and documentaries. He's been nominated for the Cinema Audio Society’s Student Recognition Award for sound mixing, and has been runner up for two student Emmys. Before working on film and video games, Michael was an actor and performed in over 100 productions around San Diego County. In fact, he performed in his first production ever here on the Lyceum Stage with a local theater company. He's happy to be back where it all began!
MEET THE ARTIST
Friday, March 11, 2022 - After the 8PM show
Join the stars of The Great Khan for a meet and greet after the show. Which actor in the cast has the best rap skills? Who can name all 46 presidents of the United States? Which would win at Genghis Khan-themed trivia? Now’s your chance to find out. Hosted by REP Artistic Producer JULIANNA STEPHANIE OJEDA.
PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT: “FINDING THE GREATNESS WITHIN”
Saturday, March 12, 2022 -- before the 8PM show
The highly acclaimed PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT works at Centinela State Prison with inmates who write their plays about what it means to become a man in today's world. Tonight, Executive Director CECELIA KOUMA hosts readings from those plays performed by professional actors and returned citizens. Be amazed by the stories you will hear about finding strength from within in the face of hardships and violence.
Photos taken by Peter Merts.
STAY AND PLAY
Sunday, March 13, 2022 - after the 2PM show
Imagine that you could bring a historical figure back to life for one day. What would you ask them and where would you go together? Hosted by REP Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager, DANIELLE WARD, today's delicious conversation is inspired by the character of Genghis Khan in the play you have just watched. Now it’s time for you to play!
Mix and Mingle AND Free Drink Friday
Friday, March 18, 2022 -- after the 8PM show
It’s Free Drink Friday! Come meet and mingle with folx after the show about any and everything over a pint from MODERN TIMES BEER. Hosted by REP Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager KANDACE CRYSTAL.
SAN DIEGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR LIVE MINI – CONCERT
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7pm - before the 8PM show
Imagine a local Choir which is more than 1000 voices strong!. Today hear the soaring voices of the High School Ensemble of SAN DIEGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR as they perform songs like “You Matter to Me” from Waitress and “Secret for the Mad” by Dodie. There is much more to hear because this choir can sing in a radically diverse range of genres and styles. Find out more at sdcchoir.org.
COSMETICS: ENHANCING YOUR INNER BEAUTY
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 1PM -- before the 2PM show
Makeup can have you feeling like a star. But what happens when makeup is used to change who you are? Get a mini tutorial on finding the right colors for you and learn about the cultural relevance of makeup. Presenting your best self is a must with San Diego based Drag Queen, STRAWBERRY CORNCAKES. Hosted by SAMARA LANUM, Founder of FOR GIRLS OF COLOR.
FOR GIRLS OF COLOR: Our goal is to help empower girls of color to facilitate change in their communities. The Community For Girls of Color (“CGC”) will accomplish this change by increasing confidence in girls of color, providing girls of color the opportunity to learn the truth about their history, and helping girls of color to develop the advocacy skills needed to lead the way for change.
"Hi, I'm Samara, and whether you are African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, or Native American, you are welcome here! I felt alone in the summer of 2020 because there weren't very many people around me who were affected by what was happening in the world the same way I was. I have always wished I had a way to talk to people who looked more like me. I am sure other girls of color have felt this way, so I created The Community for Girls of Color. I met my friend Camila at a virtual community organizing camp. We saw things the same way and were passionate about the same ideas. So, we exchanged contact information, and look what happened! We are the founders of a nonprofit organization!"
SAMPLING SAN DIEGO: SOUL FOOD
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7PM -- Before the 8PM show
Blasian soul food. Need we say more? Join CHEF BUDDA BLASIAN SOUL FOOD for a quick demonstration on how to combine two cultures with food that’s good for both your belly and your soul. Hosted by REP’s NNPN Producer-in-Residence REBECCA MYERS.