Union Tribune May 22, 2017
Story and photos by Vincent Andrunas, Special to the UT
The North Coast Repertory Theatre may be considered a “small” theater only in regard to its performance space. But in fact, “intimate” would be a more accurate description of its comfy 200-seat facility, tucked away in an upscale Solana Beach mall just off Route 5. Even back row patrons can easily appreciate the actors’ facial expressions and feel as if they’re right there amidst the action. NCRT’s attention to quality — including the use of acclaimed professional Equity actors from throughout the country, leadership by talented and experienced artistic director David Ellenstein, and inspired choice of material — has led to its recognition as one of the country’s best regional theatres.
It’s also well-loved by the local community, as evidenced at its recent annual “Spotlight” fundraising gala, which drew more than 200 friends and supporters to the Del Mar Country Club.
Last night, our Board of Trustees Vice President, Jay Sarno, was honored with the Actors’ Equity Association “Lucy Jordan Award” for his lifetime commitment to the theatre!
“The Award was started in 1992 to honor the legacy of Lucy Finney Jordan, a former ballerina and chorus “gypsy” who, for many years, was the “face” of Actors’ Equity in the Western Region as the Union’s Outside Field Rep. The award is given to those who demonstrate a “lifetime commitment to the theatre and especially, helping other theatre artists.”
No one is more deserving of this award. And while theatre’s throughout San Diego are the lucky beneficiaries of Jay’s generosity, we are lucky to call him our own.
North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCR) is a professional equity’ theatre founded in 1982, currently celebrating its 35th season. For over 30 years. NCR has received critical acclaim from media and audiences alike. NCR bas been lauded with numerous Critic’s Pick designations and awards of excellence from the San Diego Union-Tribune and KPBS, as well as several Southern California Media awards. The theatre bas evolved into one of the area’s leading per-for-ming arts organizations.
Recently, NCR received the 2017 Best of Solana Beach Award. Each year, the Solana Beach Award Program identifies companies who have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Recognition is given to those companies utilizing their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long term value. When asked when he first knew he wanted to be involved in the theatre. David Ellenstein. Creative Director of NCR replied, “As long as I remember being conscious.”