National Debut of ‘OnStage in America’ to Feature San Diego REPertory Theatre’s Production of ‘Honky’

National Debut of ‘OnStage in America’ to Feature San Diego REPertory Theatre’s Production of ‘Honky’
October, 2015 Client News
San Diego REPertory Theatre’s (San Diego REP) is proud to announce that its production of  “Honky” by Greg Kalleres and directed by Sam Woodhouse will be featured in the national premiere broadcast of “OnStage in America,” a brand-new primetime television series on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The episode, which was filmed in Dec. 2014 at the San Diego REP in Horton Plaza, will be the pilot episode of the series and is set to air on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at 10 p.m. PST. Learn more about the premiere here.

“The extraordinary response of the live audience to our production of ‘Honky’ a year ago is still bright in my memory,” said Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director, San Diego REPertory Theatre. “The laughter of recognition at truths being told and masked prejudices being revealed made this a very special event, and very much a San Diego REP event.”

The national broadcast will allow theatre-lovers from around the country to view the San Diego REP’s production of “Honky” and have it brought right into the living rooms of new audiences. See the trailer here.

After the national broadcast on public television, the recording of “Honky” will become part of a digital library, viewable for on-demand, streaming, and other digital distribution allowing these productions to live on for all prosperity.

“This play doesn’t pull any punches as it dives bluntly and with great insight into a bold conversation about race in America,” said Woodhouse. “The effect can be galvanizing. As James Baldwin so wisely said, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’”

A cocktail and screening party is planned for Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. EST in New York City to celebrate the premiere with “OnStage in America” board members, key donors, artistic collaborators and supportive members of the theater and entertainment community. A preview of the pilot will screen immediately after the cocktail party at 7:30 p.m. and will serve as a reward to high-level Kickstarter participants.

About “Honky” at San Diego REP

The New York Times
 calls “Honky” “a hilarious play by Greg Kalleres… keeps you laughing from start to finish.” Inspired by his experience as a writer of TV commercials, Kalleres’ satire begins with the shooting death of a young black teenager because of his trendy new “Sky Max” basketball shoes, echoing incidents that occurred in 1989 over Air Jordan shoes. “Honky” is a comedy about race, consumerism, marketing and a drug that can claims to cure racism.

The San Diego Union-Tribune described the San Diego REP production of “Honky” as a “comedic look at talking about race smartly acted at REP… The tone of the show, directed with edgy energy by Rep artistic chief Sam Woodhouse, is for the most part so over-the-top that it takes the edge off words you’d be scandalized to hear on the street and the playwright earns some big laughs with his highly original comic gambits.” Earlier this year, actress Jacque Wilke was honored by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle with the award, Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female, for her role as Andie in “Honky.”

“Honky” ran Saturday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in the Lyceum Space. Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director, San Diego REP, directed. Jacole Kitchen served as assistant director. Cast included: Gerard Joseph as Thomas; Jacque Wilke as Andie; Fran Gercke as Peter; James Newcomb as Davis; Tanya Alexander as Emilia; Jacob Bruce as Dr. Driscoll/Abraham Lincoln; Deleon Dallas as Kid #1/Frederick Douglass; and Cortez L. Johnson as Kid #2. “Honky” was the second show of San Diego REP’s 39th season and was the Southern California premiere of the production.

About “OnStage in America”

The mission of “OnStage in America” is to record and broadcast the very best productions from American regional theatre in a fresh and exciting format. The show, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in January 2013, highlights productions using innovative filming techniques allowing viewers to experience the depth and drama of the most creative productions on the stage in the United States.

Learn more about “OnStage America” here.

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 45 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 Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.