San Diego rep is back in black

For the first time since 1988-89, the San Diego Rep has finished its season in the black.

Rep producing director Sam Woodhouse said that, for the fiscal year ending June 30, the company showed a profit of $ 163,300.

It will be used, he said, to reduce the Rep’s $ 400,000 deficit.

He pegged income for the 1992-93 season at $ 1,930,600, topping expenses of $ 1,767,300. About $ 800,000 of the income came from donations, which included a $ 250,000 grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund as well as benefit performances by Rep alum Whoopi Goldberg, worth $ 83,000, and the Los Angeles cast of “The Phantom of the Opera” ($ 26,000).

Woodhouse praised Rep staffers for attracting the donations and for reducing expenses. Budget cutbacks forced 10 layoffs in January and spurred fears that the company was going to fold.

Woodhouse said the Rep’s 18th season, to be announced soon, will include “Burning Dreams: A Jazz Opera.” It’s a new work by Gina Leishman, Julie Hebert and Octavio Solis, for which the Rep won a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $ 31,000.

The Rep is currently presenting — through Aug. 15 –“Always … Patsy Cline, ” its second staging of the two-woman musical that has been a B.O. hit.

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