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All the factors may add up to an identity crisis. The architecture of the company’s 535-seat blue-cube of a theater, built in 1997 with city funds, was sometimes more distinctive than the shows within its walls. “You have to know who you are and what your audience wants,” said Cathleen King, executive director of San Jose Stage. “If you don’t keep your finger on that pulse, you’re lost.”. That could be one reason Rep subscribers plummeted from a peak of 15,200 in 2002, a star-studded season that featured starring turns by Holly Hunter and Lynn Redgrave, to 5,500 this year. And as donations also dried up, the company couldn’t dig itself out of its debt, which included the $1.8 million it owed the city from its 2006 bailout. It bounced from one cash crunch to another most comfortable ballet flats for walking.
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“The news about the Rep hit me in the gut. I can’t stop thinking about it — it’s very depressing,” said Dalis, soon to retire as head of Opera San Jose. “I was born here and I have always dreamed of making this a cultural mecca, but now I fear that will never happen. I fear for the future of the arts in San Jose.”. Smaller groups may be more nimble in a crisis most comfortable ballet flats for walking. But Dalis, who cut her teeth at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, can’t bear the thought of watching the city’s cultural scene devolve before her eyes..
“I have fought long and hard to try and bring a big-city sophistication to my hometown,” she said. “I would hate to watch us turn into a cluster of amateur troupes.”. Others say it’s time to recognize the disconnect between new money and old culture. “The big donors don’t have enough interest in the arts in San Jose,” said philanthropist John Michael Sobrato, after whose family the Rep’s auditorium is named most comfortable ballet flats for walking. “That’s a fact, because that wealth was generated in tech and they are just interested in other things.”..